ABOUT A SHOE
A boot is a concentration of traditional artisan know-how combined with modern technology. Making a high-quality boot involves a sophisticated production cycle using sophisticated, automated processes, but with an important handcrafted contribution. And it is thanks to the hands-on process, with this fusion of artisan skill and technical competence, that the boot or shoe takes shape and assumes the qualitative value destined to last over time.
In today’s outdoor footwear market, design has never been so important. In the past, technical requirements and functionality were the key points for new models, but today, stylistic attributes are equally important. Designers and production technicians work together to combine both of these elements, creating an ever more sophisticated product both in terms of style and performance. The research and development departments of production companies invest time and resources to guarantee that the fusion between style and technology is becoming ever more entwined, thus meeting the demands of today’s market. The best product design unites both form and function.
The capability of generating the shape of a technical shoe is maybe the greatest asset of a production company. Any company with this resource, which many believe to be an innate quality of the pattern makers, has a tremendous competitive advantage and is able to guarantee a qualitative value for its product. Developing the correct fitting starts at an artisan level with the manual creation of the wooden last which is the basis for the next phase of production.
The pattern makers use this form to create a three-dimensional object - the shoe - by starting from a two-dimensional object constructed from fabric. The importance of this phase of production can be felt in the fit of every single shoe, as the materials chosen adapt harmoniously to the foot’s anatomy and follow the foot’s every movement. Special technical observations such as the positioning of the lacing and stitching complete the pattern maker’s work and guarantee the functional quality of the finished product.
CUT AND HEMMING
This is the preparation phase of the upper part of the shoe, that is to say the one that will then be cemented to the sole. On the basis of shoe type, use and style chosen by the designer, the materials the upper is made of are then cut, prepared and assembled, both inside and outside, trying to create a perfect compatibility among the different components. Cutting and hemming are particularly delicate phases of the manufacturing process of technical outdoor footwear. In fact, aesthetic and most of all waterproofing, thermal insulation and transpiration performance depend on a proper combination of the upper’s different components.
BUILD AND FINISHING
The skilled worker allows for the creation of the shoe complete with sole and all the various details without forgetting the finishing process of brushing and packing the boot and preparing it for the customer.
For the production of a sports shoe for outdoor activities we use a combination of traditional innovative fabrics with a high technical component. The traditional material par excellence is natural leather which, when correctly treated via the tanning industry procedures, avoids perishing and thus is ideal for this particular use. There are three main types of leather used in the production of sports shoes: full grain leather, the external part, more resistant and thus the most prestigious type of leather; nubuck, a full grain leather which has undergone a mechanical process to softener the surface; and finally, suede, that is to say the most internal part of the leather, less resistant than full grain leather. Alongside the natural leathers, there is a vast range of textile fibres such as nylon, polyester or Kevlar® which are used to give particular characteristics such as lightness and durability to the upper. Apart from the production materials of the uppers, the construction of the shoe requires the application of special internal linings for the protection and comfort of the toe, the heel and, in particular, the midfoot: the lasting board. For the internal midsole, you might use synthetic material such as EVA or natural materials such as felt, which guarantees long lasting wear and thermal properties. The soles deserve a mention of their own, made of special rubbers to guarantee the maximum grip in all conditions, when supported technically by the correct design and structure when they come in contact with the ground.
MATERIALS, THERMAL INSULATION, WATERPROOF, BREATHABILITY
These are the main objectives of a company dedicated to the production of outdoor boots. Over the last twenty years, giant steps forward have been made in this field, with the introduction of sophisticated membranes that are capable of guaranteeing complete reliability of the product in any condition. In order to test the insulation properties, the waterproofness and breathability, the mountaineering boot undergoes rigid laboratory testing which reproduces the various extreme climatic variations; the modern mountaineering boot is today a concentration of a myriad of technological components, enhancing the lightweight properties, thus reducing tiredness after long usage and the micro climate inside the shoe allows for the foot to stay comfortable for many hours.
Before finalising the production cycle, the high-quality boot undergoes a series of strict tests, both in the laboratory and in the field. The tests are designed to check the structural validity and performance of the product in terms of thermal properties, breathability and waterproofness. The American company GORE personally carries out stringent testing of their climate-control GORE-TEX® membrane, both in the laboratory and in the field. On-the-field testing is carried out directly by expert testers such as athletes, mountaineers or alpine guides who use the boots in extreme conditions to prove the durability, comfort and performance level of the product in different kinds of activity. The results of these tests help the production team to make any final alterations, which will be tested once again at a later stage to verify that the product conforms to the highest level of qualitative and performance standards.
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