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.