EXCEPTIONAL SHOEMAKING. Follow the journey taken by every pair of Mario Minardi shoes, from design to finished product ready for your feet
Making a pair of high-quality shoes is not exactly easy. A shoe designer needs to consider everything from the structure of the wearer’s foot, weight distribution along with many other factors and details. Most importantly, however, the designer needs to how a foot works long before the shoe takes shape.
All that being said, this also means that the creation of men’s shoes can be quite mesmerizing to observe. This is especially true when you look how quality footwear is created by manufacturers such as Mario Minardi, the family-owned company which actually originates from Indonesia but famously has its roots in traditional Italian shoemaking.
“Expertise of the craftsman and the quality of the machinery—two elements that define Mario Minardi”
Experienced craftsmen have been stitching elegant, Italian-style footwear out of premium leather with great precision and skill since 1982, right here in the capital of Indonesia. As a specialist in high quality hand-crafted gentlemen’s footwear, the brand’s expertise lies not only in crafting genuine leather dress shoes but also heavy duty-boots and casual hand-stitched moccasins of various colors and styles.
Before any of these reach your feet, however, they will go through these steps:
1. Designing and drafting the pattern
The process starts with a design. Once the design is approved, the pattern maker starts drafting directly on a shoe last that is wrapped in paper. Each detail and cut is precisely drawn, symbolizing the quest for perfection since early on in production.
2. Choosing the material and cutting
Next up, high quality leather and linings are cut according to the pattern. The craftsman in charge will follow every curve with watchful eyes and skillful hands, maintaining precision to achieve the right final fit.
3. Sewing the upper
Once the leather is cut and before the upper and the lining are shaped into more rigid structure, they are sewn together using double stitching.
4. Lasting the upper
After they’re sewn together, the joined upper and lining of the shoe is shaped by a shoe last that is inserted into the structure. This process is highly dependent on both the expertise of the craftsman and the quality of the machinery—two elements that define Mario Minardi.
5. Assembling the Sole
The insole is assembled and stitched to the upper. This process is then followed by welting (to attach the upper to the outsole) and soling (to attach the heels). This stage of production defines the construction of the shoes.
Once the outsole is smoothened and colored, the upper is brushed to bring out the shine and desired shade of the leather.
And there you have it: Six steps that have been perfected for more than thirty years into Mario Minardi’s hallmark of craftsmanship. Add to that a strong commitment to quality, unrivaled craftsmanship as well as thirst for the contemporary, and you have a brand that brings you class, style and comfort.