How Do You Make a Sole?
Continuing with our plan of opening the doors to the factories where our shoes are made and show you the different processes that go into creating a pair of Naguisas, this week we invite you discover the Miguel Ángel's workshop. Here, a team cuts, dyes, polishes, stamps and protects the leather soles upon which many of you explore cities and towns all over the world.
A piece that at first sight might seem as obvious and ordinary as a sole is actually one of the key components that affect the comfort of our tread. Moreover, each one of these small pieces of leather is on a mission to convert each boot into a lasting companion. These are just a couple of the many reasons why here at Naguisa we turn to expert hands, men and women who have been working with leather for years, giving shape and value to this element in order to create our collections.
The process for the sole begins with cutting the pre-tanned leather. Using the die-cutting method, a sheet of leather is cut to the desired size.
When they have been cut and paired up, the soles are refined to ensure they have an identical thickness. An essential step before moving on to the next part of the process: trimming the edges. Using an automatic machine, the contour of the sole is marked and the edges are left raw for subsequent dyeing.
Once the dye has been applied and dried, the soles go on to the stamping process, where they are marked with the number and our Naguisa logo. In addition, for these soles we add an anti-slip stamp to enhance their comfort.
The next step is the skiving, which depends on the thickness of the sole and the design of the shoe. This involves thinning out a border around the edge of the sole a little so that it fits the upper perfectly. This precise process is followed by the polishing, the final step in which the sole passes through some rollers to give it that glossy finish that lights up our faces when we put on a brand new pair of shoes for the first time.
This is the transformation process for a leather sole such as the ones used in our Bellver, Buran, Dana, Veleta and Elur models. Honest designs that we use to help prevent our artisanal legacy from disappearing.