Shoe factories normally do not last entire shoes by hand but use hydraulic lasting machines which do part of the job in a fraction of time. Laser cut machines and dies are used to cut the uppers in order to maximise the consumption of leather. All of this leaves very few space for the workers to express their skills.
At [si.zif], the shoes are entirely made by hand by artisans who have assembled hundreds of shoes in their life, who have developed their own techniques and who leave every pair with their own... "foot" print! The leather hides are flatten and cut by hand with knives that show marks of time. The uppers are stitched entirely by the same person and the shoes are lasted using dozen of nails. Before the uppers are cemented to the outsoles, the shoes remain from 3 up to 5 days on the lasts to ensure that the shoes will keep their shape. Finally, the shoes are brushed, polished and touched up prior being packed individually. Our [si.zif] shoes are labor intensive and made with care.