CRAFTSMANSHIP

CRAFTSMANSHIP

As a brand, our mission is to preserve traditional craftsmanship in a modern world. That is why we pride ourselves in all the work and skill our artisans put in our products. On this Craftsmanship page, you can learn more about the manufacturing steps involved in making your shoes and jewelry.

  • HUARACHES
  • BOOTS
  • JEWELRY

MEXICAN HUARACHES MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. LEATHER CUTTING

After our leather is vegetable tanned at Beruma, it will take a short ride from Guadalajara to Sahuayo, where all our Mexican huaraches artisans are located.

Before our leather huarache sandals can be woven by our artisans, the vegetable-tanned leather has to be cut into the right parts and pieces first. This leather cutting is the first step in the craftsmanship process and takes place in Sebastian's Workshop.

As our shoes mostly represent the typical Mexican huarache style, the most important elements are the long leather strings. In addition, other leather parts needed for the sandals are cut out of the hides.

2. SHOE LAST PREPARATION

After the leather is cut into the right pieces, it is mounted on shoe lasts. The shoe lasts are needed to give the huaraches the right fit. Over the last years, we have developed our own shoe lasts to guarantee the perfect fit.

After the shoe lasts are prepared in the workshop, they will be brought to the weaving artisans who live all around the small city of Sahuayo.

3. LEATHER WEAVING

During the leather weaving process, the huaraches start to get their final shape. As the weaving is completely done by hand, it takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on the pattern. Therefore, each artisan can only craft up to 3 to 4 pairs every day.

Our weaving artisans are mostly mothers who are allowed to work from their homes. This allows them to follow their profession and make a living while caring for their children.

4. HUARACHE SOLING AND POLISHING

After the Mexican shoes are finally woven, they are ready to come back to the workshop. There, the soles are attached to the huaraches and the upper leather is polished to get its great finishing appeal.

Now the huaraches are completed and are ready to be worn by everyone who loves to wear a comfortable, ethically handcrafted and sustainable shoe.

Check out our huaraches for men

BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR MEXICAN HUARACHES PRODUCTION


The weaving technique of the huaraches has its roots in the Aztec culture and has since been inherited and improved from generation to generation. The Mexican artisans behind the huarache dedicate their lives to keep the century-old tradition alive.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR HUARACHE PRODUCTION


The weaving technique of the huaraches has it's roots in the Aztec culture and has since been inherited and improved from generation to generation. The Mexican artisans behind the huarache dedicate their lives to keep the century-old tradition alive.

MEXICAN BOOTS MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. LEATHER CUTTING

The leather hides travel less than a mile from the tannery to Hector's workshop in León, México; a place known for its expert leather boot makers over generations.

As a first step, the leather upper and soles are cut out of the hides. Afterward, everything is processed to the next step in the workshop.

All our Mexican boots' upper pieces and soles are hand-cut from pattern pieces, which help us to avoid generating raw material waste.

2. LEATHER FORMING

Before the leather pieces can be mounted on the shoe lasts, they have to be formed in the right shape. This step makes it easier to mount the leather and to sew the leather parts together.

The leather is heated, shaped and bent into the final form to form the pieces. When the leather cools down, it hardens in the new desired form. Afterward, the lining and upper leather are sewed together.

3. BOOT MOUNTING

In this step, the leather boots start to take form. The leather is mounted, which means that pieces are shaped around a wooden form, called a last.

Every pair of CANO boots is lasted completely by hand, requiring a lot of skill and experience. But the result is outstanding: A comfortable and perfectly fitting pair of leather boots.

4. GOODYEAR WELTING

Once the upper is mounted on the shoe last, the insole is attached to the upper with the Goodyear Welting process. The welt is a specially prepared piece of leather that is sewn together to the ribbing, which has already been bonded to the insole. This way of connecting sole and leather upper gives outstanding strength, durability and repair qualities to the boot.

The welt is then stitched to the sole. It is this final stitch, holding the sole in place, which we can cut through enabling complete removal of the sole without causing damage to the upper. This provides exceptional comfort and support when compared to other forms of manufacturing.

5. SOLING

The welt is lowered, and a cork midsole is applied under the insole, which gives extra comfort and allows the insole to shape to the form of the feet.

The outer leather sole is glued to the boot and the welt is stitched together with the outer sole using an antique machine. Once the sole is put together, the heel is attached to the boot.

6. ADORNMENT

Lastly, it's time for the finishing touches. The upper leather is polished, the sole is cleaned, loose threads are cut, and edges are trimmed to get a smooth surface all around the boot.

After these steps, the finished boots are treated to get the great shining appeal. The Mexican boot is completed and ready to be worn by everyone who loves wearing a stylish, ethically and traditionally handcrafted leather boot.

Check out our Mexican leather boots

BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR LEATHER BOOT PRODUCTION


Inspired by the original cowboy boot, this statement piece combines a classic ankle boot with the detailed western style stitching. They are stylish, comfortable and ethically manufactured in our workshop in Leon, Mexico.

Handcrafted using high quality and eco-certified leather.

Learn more about our materials

JEWELRY MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. PILOT AND RUBBER MANUFACTURING

The masterpiece (also called pilot) is made by a goldsmith or 3D printing, depending on the design. This piece is used to develop the rubber mold, which is later injected with jewelry wax. This way, the necessary quantities can be reproduced depending on the requested production.

2. WAXES

The waxes are reproduced with rubber to send to empty in gold, silver or brass. The rubber can produce anywhere from 10 to 100 or more waxes. The wax models are joined one by one on a trunk of the same material. All the pieces joined make up a wax tree. The main function of the wax is serving the generatation of a counter mold of plaster where the requested metal is poured.

3. PIPE WITH PLASTER, BAKED AND CAST

A mold is prepared with plaster special for emptying the jewelry. Inside the mold is the wax tree. Each mold needs to be heated at high temperatures to evaporate the wax, so only the counter mold remains. The requested metal (brass, silver or gold) is heated. An alloy is made with other metals to provide the quality in the metal. Subsequently, the metal is poured into the plaster cast and the silver, gold or brass tree is obtained.

4. PILOT DETAILING

To start detailing each piece, excess materials or imperfect details are removed with metal files or other tools. If you have a bracelet or ring, its shape is reaffirmed with a metal tribulete for the rings and a wooden tribulete for the bracelets. Jewelry items with a textured design are heated so the metal softens, and are hammered to get the unique texture.

5. PLATING PIECES

The pieces are placed in a sheet bath with silver, rhodium, yellow gold or rose gold. When the pieces are veneered, each piece is individually checked to ensure it has the right result and quality.

  • HUARACHES
  • BOOTS
  • JEWELRY

MEXICAN HUARACHE MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. LEATHER CUTTING

The leather hides will take a short ride to Sahuayo, where our artisans are all located. Before our leather huarache sandals can be woven by our artisans, first the vegetable tanned leather has to be cut into the right parts and pieces.

As our shoes mostly represent the typical Mexican huarache leather strings style, the most important elements are the leather parts.

After our leather is finally vegetable tanned at Beruma, it will take a short ride from Guadalajara to Sahuayo, where all our Mexican huaraches artisans are located.

2. SHOE LAST PREPARATION

After the leather is cut into the right pieces, it will be mounted on the shoe lasts. The shoe lasts are needed to give the huaraches the right fit. Hence, over the last years, we have developed our own shoe lasts to guarantee the perfect fit.

After the shoe lasts are prepared in the workshop, they will be brought to the weaving artisans who live all around the small city of Sahuayo.

3. LEATHER WEAVING

During the leather weaving process, the huaraches start to get into their final shape. As the weaving is a completely handmade process, it takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on the pattern. Therefore, each artisan can only craft up to 3 to 4 pairs every day.

Our weaving artisans are mostly mothers who are allowed to work from their homes. This allows them to follow their profession and to make a living while caring for their children.

 

4. HUARACHE SOLING AND POLISHING

After the Mexican shoes are finally woven, they are ready to come back to the workshop. There, the soles are attached to the huaraches and the upper leather is polished to get its great finishing appeal.

Now the huaraches are completed and are ready to be worn by everyone who loves to wear a comfortable, ethically handcrafted and sustainable shoe.

Check out our huaraches for men


BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR MEXICAN HUARACHE PRODUCTION


The weaving technique of the huaraches has its roots in the Aztec culture and has since been inherited and improved from generation to generation. The Mexican artisans behind the huarache dedicate their lives to keep the century-old tradition alive.

LEATHER BOOTS MANUFACTURING


1. LEATHER CUTTING

 

The leather hides travel less than a mile from the tannery to Hector's workshop in León, México; a place known for its expert leather boot makers over generations.

As a first step, the leather upper and the soles are cut out of the hides. Afterwards everything is processed to the next step in the workshop.

All our mexican boots upper pieces and soles are hand cut from pattern pieces, which help us to avoid raw material waste generation.

2. LEATHER FORMING

Before the leather pieces can be mounted on the shoe lasts, they have to be formed in the right shape. This step makes it easier to mount the leather and to sew the leather parts together.

In order to form the pieces, the leather is heated up and then shaped and bend in the final form. When the leather cooled down again, it hardens in the new desired form. Afterwards the lining and the upper leather are sewed together, before that the leather pieces have been mounted.

3. BOOT MOUNTING

In this step, the leather boots start to take form. The leather is mounted, which means that pieces are shaped around a wooden form, called a last.

Every pair of CANO boots is lasted completely by hand, requiring a lot of skill and experience. But the result is outstanding: A comfortable and perfectly fitting pair of leather boots.

4. GOODYEAR WELTING

Once the upper is mounted on the shoe last, the Goodyear Welting process is used to attach the insole to the upper. The welt is a specially prepared piece of leather that is sewn together to the ribbing that has already been bonded to the insole. This way of connecting sole and leather upper gives outstanding strength, durability and repair qualities to the boot.

The welt is then stitched to the sole. It is this final stitch, holding the sole in place, which we can cut through enabling complete removal of the sole without causing damage to the upper. This provides unparalleled comfort and support when compared to other forms of manufacturing.

5. SOLING

The welt is lowered, and a cork midsole is applied under the insole, which gives great comfort and a perfect shaping of the inside sole to the form of the feet.

Outer leather sole is glued to the boot and Welt is stitched together with the outer sole using an antique machine. Once the sole it's been put together, the heel is attached to the boot.

6. ADORNMENT

The upper leather is polished, sole is cleaned, loose threads are cut, edges are trimmed to get a smooth surface all around the boot.

After those several steps the finished boots will get the great shining appeal. The Mexican boot is completed and ready to be worn by everyone that loves to wear a stylish, ethically and traditionally handcrafted leather boot.

Check out our Mexican leather boots

OUR LEATHER BOOT PRODUCTION


Inspired by the original cowboy boot. This statement piece combines a classic ankle boot with the detailed western style stitching. They are stylish, comfortable and ethically manufactured in our workshop in Leon, Mexico. Handcrafted using high quality and eco-certified leather.

Learn more about our materials

JEWELRY MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. PILOT AND RUBBER MANUFACTURING

The masterpiece or pilot is made by a goldsmith or 3D printing depending on the design. With this piece the rubber is developed, which is the mold that is injected with jewelry wax. In this way the necessary quantities are reproduced depending on the requested production.

2. WAXES

With rubber, waxes are reproduced to send to empty in gold, silver or brass. From the rubber can leave 10 - 50 - 100 waxes or more. Wax models are joined one by one on a trunk of the same material. By joining all the pieces to the trunk, a wax tree results. The main function of the wax is that it generates a counter mold of plaster where the requested metal is poured.

3. PIPE WITH PLASTER, BAKED AND CAST

A mold is prepared with plaster special for emptying jewelry. Inside the mold is the wax tree. Each mold needs to be heated at high temperatures to evaporate the wax and only the counter mold remains. The requested metal is heated as brass, silver or gold. An alloy is made with other metals to provide quality in the metal.Subsequently the metal is poured into the plaster cast and the silver / gold / brass tree is obtained.

4. PILOT DETAILING

To start detailing each piece, excesses or imperfect details are removed with metal files or other tools.If you have a bracelet or ring, its shape is reaffirmed with a metal "tribulete" for the rings and a wooden "tribulete" for the bracelets. In case of having a texture, the piece is heated so that the metal softens and is struck to generate the "hammered" texture.

5. PLEATING PIECES

The pieces are sent to place a sheet bath. It can be baths in silver / rhodium / yellow gold / rose gold. When the pieces are veneered, one by one is checked to ensure the result.

Check out our handmade jewelry collection

  • HUARACHES
  • BOOTS
  • JEWELRY

MEXICAN HUARACHE MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. LEATHER CUTTING

The leather hides will take a short ride to Sahuayo, where our artisans are all located. Before our leather huarache sandals can be woven by our artisans, first the vegetable tanned leather has to be cut into the right parts and pieces.

As our shoes mostly represent the typical Mexican huarache leather strings style, the most important elements are the leather parts.

After our leather is finally vegetable tanned at Beruma, it will take a short ride from Guadalajara to Sahuayo, where all our Mexican huaraches artisans are located.

2. SHOE LAST PREPARATION

After the leather is cut into the right pieces, it will be mounted on the shoe lasts. The shoe lasts are needed to give the huaraches the right fit. Hence, over the last years, we have developed our own shoe lasts to guarantee the perfect fit.

After the shoe lasts are prepared in the workshop, they will be brought to the weaving artisans who live all around the small city of Sahuayo.

3. LEATHER WEAVING

During the leather weaving process, the huaraches start to get into their final shape. As the weaving is a completely handmade process, it takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on the pattern. Therefore, each artisan can only craft up to 3 to 4 pairs every day.

Our weaving artisans are mostly mothers who are allowed to work from their homes. This allows them to follow their profession and to make a living while caring for their children.

4. HUARACHE SOLING AND POLISHING

After the Mexican shoes are finally woven, they are ready to come back to the workshop. There, the soles are attached to the huaraches and the upper leather is polished to get its great finishing appeal.

Now the huaraches are completed and are ready to be worn by everyone who loves to wear a comfortable, ethically handcrafted and sustainable shoe.

Check out our huaraches for men

BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR MEXICAN HUARACHE PRODUCTION


The weaving technique of the huaraches has its roots in the Aztec culture and has since been inherited and improved from generation to generation. The Mexican artisans behind the huarache dedicate their lives to keep the century-old tradition alive.

MEXICAN BOOTS MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. LEATHER CUTTING

The leather hides travel less than a mile from the tannery to Hector's workshop in León, México; a place known for its expert leather boot makers over generations.

As a first step, the leather upper and the soles are cut out of the hides. Afterwards everything is processed to the next step in the workshop.

All our mexican boots upper pieces and soles are hand cut from pattern pieces, which help us to avoid raw material waste generation.

2. LEATHER FORMING

Before the leather pieces can be mounted on the shoe lasts, they have to be formed in the right shape. This step makes it easier to mount the leather and to sew the leather parts together.

In order to form the pieces, the leather is heated up and then shaped and bend in the final form. When the leather cooled down again, it hardens in the new desired form. Afterwards the lining and the upper leather are sewed together, before that the leather pieces have been mounted.

3. BOOT MOUNTING

In this step, the leather boots start to take form. The leather is mounted, which means that pieces are shaped around a wooden form, called a last.

Every pair of CANO boots is lasted completely by hand, requiring a lot of skill and experience. But the result is outstanding: A comfortable and perfectly fitting pair of leather boots.

4. GOODYEAR WELTING

Once the upper is mounted on the shoe last, the Goodyear Welting process is used to attach the insole to the upper. The welt is a specially prepared piece of leather that is sewn together to the ribbing that has already been bonded to the insole. This way of connecting sole and leather upper gives outstanding strength, durability and repair qualities to the boot.

The welt is then stitched to the sole. It is this final stitch, holding the sole in place, which we can cut through enabling complete removal of the sole without causing damage to the upper. This provides unparalleled comfort and support when compared to other forms of manufacturing.

5. SOLING

The welt is lowered, and a cork midsole is applied under the insole, which gives great comfort and a perfect shaping of the inside sole to the form of the feet.

Outer leather sole is glued to the boot and Welt is stitched together with the outer sole using an antique machine. Once the sole it's been put together, the heel is attached to the boot.

6. ADORNMENT

The upper leather is polished, sole is cleaned, loose threads are cut, edges are trimmed to get a smooth surface all around the boot.

After those several steps the finished boots will get the great shining appeal. The Mexican boot is completed and ready to be worn by everyone that loves to wear a stylish, ethically and traditionally handcrafted leather boot.

Check out our Mexican leather boots

BEHIND THE SCENES OF OUR LEATHER BOOT PRODUCTION


Inspired by the original cowboy boot. This statement piece combines a classic ankle boot with the detailed western style stitching. They are stylish, comfortable and ethically manufactured in our workshop in Leon, Mexico.

Handcrafted using high quality and eco-certified leather.

Learn more about our materials

JEWELRY MANUFACTURING STEPS


1. PILOT AND RUBBER MANUFACTURING

The masterpiece or pilot is made by a goldsmith or 3D printing depending on the design. With this piece the rubber is developed, which is the mold that is injected with jewelry wax. In this way the necessary quantities are reproduced depending on the requested production.

2. WAXES

With rubber, waxes are reproduced to send to empty in gold, silver or brass. From the rubber can leave 10 - 50 - 100 waxes or more. Wax models are joined one by one on a trunk of the same material. By joining all the pieces to the trunk, a wax tree results. The main function of the wax is that it serves to generate a counter mold of plaster where the requested metal is poured.

3. PIPE WITH PLASTER, BAKED AND CAST

A mold is prepared with plaster special for emptying jewelry. Inside the mold is the wax tree. Each mold needs to be heated at high temperatures to evaporate the wax and only the counter mold remains. The requested metal is heated as brass, silver or gold. An alloy is made with other metals to provide quality in the metal. Subsequently the metal is poured into the plaster cast and the silver / gold / brass tree is obtained.

4. PILOT DETAILING

To start detailing each piece, excesses or imperfect details are removed with metal files or other tools. If you have a bracelet or ring, its shape is reaffirmed with a metal "tribulete" for the rings and a wooden "tribulete" for the bracelets.In case of having a texture, the piece is heated so that the metal softens and is struck to generate the "hammered" texture.

5. PLATING PIECES

The pieces are sent to place a sheet bath. It can be baths in silver / rhodium / yellow gold / rose gold. When the pieces are veneered, one by one is checked to ensure the result.

Check out our handmade jewelry collection