Our shoes are handwoven by third-generation master artisans in Athani Village, India. 36 intricate steps and many skilled hands are needed to complete each pair.
Small batches of shoes are passed between home workshops, as artisans specialize in different steps of the process. It takes years to learn these techniques: precise cutting of shapes out of thick leather, evenly measured stitches without guidelines, startlingly fast hand-weaving.
One of our favorite features, the braid-like strand that lines the edge of each shoe, is called "cavani weaving"—it holds the upper and midsole together in strong, beautiful bond that holds up over years of wear, without any adhesives. This key design element can’t be replaced by a machine.
Form + function
We made a few updates to the original shoe Michael purchased in 2012, like a padded insole, soft leather lining, and a more durable sole—but the majority of the shoe's construction is true to its roots.