Four need-to-know materials that we use to make our handcrafted shoes
Timeless designs, local industry, small-scale shoemakers that uphold Mediterranean tradition and, of course, top-quality and environmentally friendly raw materials. Together these features make our handcrafted footwear unique and characterise the philosophy we follow here at O.SUR.
In this new post we want to zero in on the last item in the list, so that you can discover the four materials we use to make our shoes. Curious to find out what they are? Keep reading!
O.SUR handcrafted footwear in four materials
1- Suede: this season’s trending fabric is made from the underside of skins from lambs, goats and other mammals such as deer and moose. This, coupled with the tanning and polish process, gives suede its characteristic soft-to-the-touch feel and delicate appearance.
Because of its thinness, delicateness and pliability, suede was originally used to craft elegant gloves for women, although its use has since spread to all sorts of garments and accessories.
At O.SUR the one-of-a-kind feel and appearance of suede make it perfect for ourbotín CorfúElevated with a luxurious contemporary design, these suede must-haves are ideal for city living in autumn and winter. You will also find suede in our Bizerte Beige and Rosa models.
2) Napa leather: this is a type of smooth, fine leather that stands out for its softness. It is a younger relative in the leather family, first developed in 1875 in Napa, California, to create uncut lambskin and sheepskin fabric.
Napa leathermaking has since evolved with time and is now the source of a high-quality and lightweight yet durable raw material; qualities which, all together, make it an exceptional choice for shoemaking.
3) Sateen and satin: these refer to a range of fabrics with a specific weave that grants them an exceptional shine and softness. When either of them features in a dress or shoe, it immediately conveys a sense of luxury and quality.
Sateen is generally made from silk, whilst cotton, nylon and polyester are used to create satin. At O.SUR, we have used this type of fabric in our sophisticated Cannes, pumps, a jet-black shoe designed to let its wearer enjoy the most elegant and unforgettable of nights.
4) Microfibre: this is the youngest raw material of the bunch. It was not until the 1970s that it was first used as it is today, and its use only became widespread around 30 years ago. Its secret lies in the fineness of its threads—half that of silk—which allows it to emulate the softness of such elegant fabrics.
Thanks to its structure and other features, it has potent absorption capabilities and is highly breathable. That is why it is a great option for manufacturing shoe insoles, which prove comfortable beyond belief.
Many of O.SUR’s shoes feature microfibre insoles treated with aloe vera, displaying both antibacterial properties and exceptional breathability. You will find them, for instance, in our Belmonte high boots, which are a snug option to keep your feet warm during the damp cold days of this time of year.
Want to find out more about the materials we use to create O.SUR’s handcrafted footwear? We invite you to check out a previous post about how to properly care for your shoes depending on what raw material they are made of. And do not miss this other post, which offers an exclusive on vegetable tanning.
If you have a query about the raw materials or footwear featured in this post, do not hesitate to reach out! We will be more than happy to assist you.