Ever wonder how a shoe comes to be? It’s not as simple as it seems. A lot of thought and development go into making a shoe. After all, it’s a 3-dimensional object that needs to fit well as well as look good! Other than designing and developing a shoe into a prototype, actual manufacturing of a shoe is really interesting.
Below are photos that were taken at one of the factories we use to make re-souL shoes. We will try and navigate you through the pictures taken at this factory in Peru. This particular style we named the “Shelley”. It’s not quite a shoe and yet not quite an ankle boot, it’s what we like to call a “shootie”.
In these photos above, the pattern of this style, the lining, and the upper materials are sewn together for each size and color. The outside welt that goes around the shoe between the upper and the sole is having glue applied before the lasting of the shoe takes place.
Here we can see the shoes that have been put on the last. The “last” is the form used to give a shoe its shape. You can see the welt and the sole from a side view before the heel block will be attached.
After the shoes come off the last, and the heels have been attached, they await the final stages before boxing them up for shipment. They are cleaned up, waxed, buffed and stuffed with tissue.
Lefts and rights are matched up and the final inspection is done. They are boxed up and ready to be sent to us. We can’t wait!
If you’d like to shop the Shelley shootie go to our website.
All photos courtesy of Jessica Gomez.