The individual pieces of leather are then trimmed in a process called ‘skiving’ and assembled in the ‘closing room’ by our highly skilled machinists. Each style of shoe requires a unique approach with some of the more complex varieties being made from over 40 pieces. Once the upper is complete the shoes are then ready to be lasted.
The closing stage of the process is important as it’s where the upper begins to take shape. A combination of different specialty glues and stitching techniques are used to ensure high-stress areas of the shoes hold together and stand the test of time.
Padding and structural support is inserted between the layers of material that constitute the upper, this stops the shoes from losing their shape over time and ensures they are comfortable and wearable.