For the making of our Foundation Flats we travelled to the land of artisanal craftsmanship, Italy.
Twice a year we visit a beautiful place called Le Marche, where modern shoemaking was invented. Also known as the Shoe Valley, Le Marche is a historical region best known for eminent Italian shoemaking and considered the world’s oldest and best shoe manufacturing district since 1901.
Here we work with an alliance of skilled artisan shoemakers whose skills have been passed on generation after generation. It’s a solid base of family-run factories and local craftsmen.
Our workshops have more than 30 years of experience producing handmade shoes and the artisans employ time-honoured methods passed down through generations, to produce timeless shoes that are uncompromised in their construction and our ethical manufacturing requirements.
Our business model has been very lean from the start, aspiring to create a brand that would uphold a more conscious pace and process. Now more than ever, we’re committed to push for change and move even further away from traditional fashion seasons, to take the time and utmost care when designing the form and our shoes to ensure a long lasting appeal.
We choose to produce in small production runs or on-demand, often out of season, when factories are not at capacity - and have been supporting small manufacturing businesses across Europe this way since we started, to ensure a cash flow throughout the year.
Most of our Foundation Flats are lovingly made-to-order. Producing on demand not only helps us reduce overproduction and minimise waste - you'll also get something that's made for you, and only you. Each pair is hand-stitched, scrutinised, perfected, wrapped and packed by our amazing artisans.
Every one of these craftsmen and women is an expert in their particular stage of the process. They impart a depth of knowledge and skill born of many years honing their art and handcraft our shoes, down to the very last stitch.
By choosing products that are made-to-order you have something to look forward to, and you'll likely feel more attached to it after having to wait for a while.
Every time you shop with us, you're supporting small businesses and skilled artisans. Explore our styles that are exclusively made-to-order styles here.