18 May, 2021 In Closet, Clothing, Ethical shoes, Ethically made, Handcrafted shoes, Luxury shoes, Spain
Handmade Shoes: Our Hands Do The Work So Your Feet Don’t Have To
Handmade Shoes: Our Hands Do The Work So Your Feet Don’t Have ToDid you know that 35% of women have had an evening ruined by an uncomfortable pair of shoes? The same study, done by ShopSmart, also found that 61% of women have carried a second pair of shoes to an event as a precaution for foot pain! To all our ladies out there, you know the pain we’re talking about! We have all taken off a pair of heels in order to get down on the dance floor! They say “beauty is pain,” but does it really have to be? Here at Menina Step, we pride ourselves in high-quality, handmade women’s footwear. For us, handmade and high-quality shoes go hand in hand (no pun intended). We provide stylish, affordable, and comfortable shoes, so you can live that city life walking as confidently as ever! Handmade shoes are the solution to your problems, and we’re here to tell you why. Keep reading to learn all about handmade shoes and why you need to make the switch!
Science Behind the Handmade ShoesYour feet are the greatest support system you will ever have, literally! They carry us everywhere! An article posted by FootCare MD notes that in order to take care of your feet, “your shoes should be comfortable, practical, and fit well. It is important that the shoe fits the shape of your foot. Narrow and tight shoes result in foot problems.” So why are so many of our shoes not meeting these needs? Well for starters, our feet are a little high maintenance, and rightfully so! Do you think that the manufacturers creating your shoes care about your calluses, heel arches, or swollen feet? Nope! So maybe that’s why those “ready-to-wear,” mass-produced, factory shoes just aren’t cutting it anymore! So, let’s explore some reasons why handmade shoes are a much better investment for your feet!
The Benefits of Wearing Handmade ShoesThe process of hand-making shoes is meticulous and time-consuming, but well worth the final product. The intricate stitching on every shoe is done by a skilled maker with detailed precision with each touch. From the beginning to the end of the process, great care and attention to detail are placed on assembling the tongue to the eyelets to the uppers, to the sole…all of this by hand! These expert shoemakers do the hard work, so your feet don’t have to! It’s time to stop saying “these will do for now!” and it’s time to invest in high-quality shoes that will give you the most bang for your buck!
Some of the benefits to wearing handmade shoes include:
LongevityShoemakers invest a great time and care in the shoemaking process so that your shoes can withstand the tests of time. Handmade shoes are crafted with quality materials and are precisely sewn and stitched to the tee. This attention to detail ensures that your shoes will last longer than department store shoes, which are often made with cheap materials. If price is a concern, shift your focus from quantity of shoes to quality. Investing in a good, high-quality pair of shoes will save you money in the long run.
DurabilityHandmade shoes are made from high-quality materials such as top-quality leathers and animal hides. Two benefits from using these materials include:
- Being able to withstand the wear and tear of daily activities compared to the department store “synthetic” materials
- Leathers resist tearing and puncturing, things other brands are prone to
- Activity level
- How often they are worn
- Level of care
VarietyFrom slippers to loafers, to ballet flats, and sandals; handmade shoes are made with a personal touch and give us the ability to accommodate your own personal style! A variation of colors, designs, and materials are at the maker’s disposal, so you can always find a style that compliments your look! Like our feet, we are not “one size fits all,” which is why we invest in high-quality materials, so you can have an excellent experience wearing them!
ComfortWe all know your feet cannot depend on shoes made from cheap, low-quality materials. Inexpensive shoes quickly lose support, and structure, and leave your feet in pain! Another ShopSmart study reported that women on average own 17 pairs of shoes, yet only wear 3 on a regular basis. Why do they not wear the other 14? Because they are uncomfortable! Shoes made with high-quality materials provide comfort that is well worth the money. High-quality leathers and materials mold to the shape and size of your feet. Over time, the comfort of a high-quality pair of shoes is comparable to snuggling up on the couch with a warm cup of coffee.
The Trusty ProcessThe process of hand-making shoes has been around for hundreds of years. The styles of shoes such as round-toes, square-toed, or platform have changed, but the process has remained the same. Today, most shoemakers can rely on simple hand tools, and a trusty sewing machine to help them get the job done!
The steps include:
- Sketching a design
- Selecting materials