Where and how we manufacture our footwear is very important to us. Shoe making is a craft and we want to support this age old tradition whilst pushing the boundaries each season. All of our factories have skilled crafts people who are proud of the work they do. Neuls recalls one Italian gent in particular who put his heart and his soul into his work – so much so that he created a groove in his tooth from repeatedly throwing the tacks into his mouth before putting them into the leather. Shoe making is a way of life and we use small, family run factories. A little passion goes a long way.
We develop all of our components from scratch; starting with the shoe shape that Tracey sculpts herself. The practice of buying a ready made ‘fashion approved’ shape off the shelf is very foreign indeed. From the original form we create all the hidden internal components (at least 7 or more) and make sure that they are durable and stand the test of time. Comfort is a must. In this day and age women should be empowered, not impeded by pain causing footwear.
The materials that we choose are also important. Where appropriate, we will always choose a vegetable dyed leather which has such a wonderful patina. Leather after all is a natural material, with natural variance and this is what makes the material so lovely. Over processing can make the leather uniform and plastic in feel – we prefer that leather looks like leather and embraces its natural irregularities. Shoes that patinas well over time are true friends.