How Bespoke Italian Leather Shoes Are Made
Video Exclusive: How Are Shoes Made?
Ever wondered how the season's hottest heels go from sketch to reality? To celebrate #ShoesFirst, we've made an exclusive video with designer Camilla Elphick - watch her 'Coco Bananas' sandal come alive before your eyes...
We all know that every great outfit starts with a fabulous pair of shoes – which is why Marie Claire have created a whole event around them – hello #ShoesFirst! (See the October issue for our special section devoted to footwear in all its glory)
But how do the shoes themselves start? Ever gazed at a pair of Louboutins and wondered how they went from being a mere twinkle in Christian’s eye to the jaw-dropping creations you see in front of you? Or what the top looks like when it’s not attached to the shoe? Or how the heel can be so high – and still stay straight?
Wonder no more, shoe lovers. In this exclusive video, we take you on a rollercoaster ride through the whole process of making a pair of heels. Some of the hottest around, in fact. One of our favourite new London design talents, Camilla Elphick, who’s fast becoming known for her elegant-meets-quirky shoes, took us on a tour of her Italian factories to show us the making of Coco Bananas. No, not a cocktail, but one of her favourite designs for SS16.
Working their way through a production process involving several factories, Camilla’s shoes go through an intricate journey involving the work of lots of different craftsmen, who all have serious skills in leather-cutting, heel-hammering and the like.
By the time they’re wrapped in tissue and put into a Camilla Elphick-stamped box ready to steal the limelight, they’ve been through about 15 stages.
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