Every pair is oiled by hand using a Obenauf’s Leather Oil—a blend of plant-based oils, beeswax, and propolis. Several well-applied coats turn our water buffalo leather a deep chocolate shade. This kind of leather has been used to make shoes in Athani for generations; it’s tanned nearby in a small batch traditional process that makes for beautiful, high quality leather; the oil adds a rich color that lasts well over time.
We believe in products with a sense of place. Mohinders are made by master shoemakers in Athani, India, whose designs are iconic to the surrounding region: Northern Karnataka. Follow our off-the-beaten-path journey through Karnataka’s red-rock climbing walls, cave temples, and outdoor sandal markets along the way.