Shoemaking Process

Did you know that there are over 100 steps that go into making a pair of Nisolo shoes? Here are a few highlights from the process of making a Nisolo Chukka boot:

    • Connecting with local tanneries and suppliers, we source the highest quality materials in a way that supports the local shoemaking community. 

    • Once materials are chosen, the leather is carefully cut
      using patterns created by our technical designer.

    • Each of our uppers are skillfully embossed with the Nisolo chakana, a marking that symbolizes quality, pride, and our Peruvian roots.

    •  Leather embossed with the Nisolo chakana.

    • The outer edges of each cut of leather are thinned by hand and prepared to be sewn together.

    • Sewing the cuts together is particularly difficult, as we add an additional interior layer of leather for enhanced comfort.

    • Remarkable precision and strength are needed when the pieces of leather are carefully molded onto the last with a hammer and nails.

    • The leather upper sits on the last for approximately 24 hours
      to permanently take on the shape of the shoe.

    • Before the shoe is removed from the last, the outsole is attached by hand.

    • The outsole is cut and shaped to the form of the shoe.

    • The shoe is then forcefully removed from the last.

    • The shape of the sole is finalized through a meticulous process of sanding and buffing.

    • Performing welt construction, a vein is cut around the outer edge of the sole.

    • The sole is then stitched to the upper.

    • Each layer of the heel is skillfully cut then stacked and glued together.

    • Then, the rubber heel cap is attached.

    • The heel is nailed by hand to the sole and then sanded for a perfectly rounded shape.

    • A nine-step process completes the construction of the insole. The interior leather is first cut to the precise shoe size and then sewn into the cushioning for a comfortable sole. Then aeration holes are hand-punched into the leather insole for increased breathability.

    • The insole is then attached to the inside of the shoe.

    • Once the construction of the shoe is finalized, final details
      such as waxing of the leather sole are carried out. 

    • Buffing out blemishes.

    • Applying water repellant to the leather upper.

    • After final quality control revisions, the process is complete.