HEALTHY LUXURY CONCEPT
Child's feet are incredibly sensitive. Truthfully, until they're ready to walk, you really shouldn't encourage a little one to wear shoes at all. But when they are finally ready to take that first step, it's important to ensure they've got room to grow comfortably and with the right support. As such, every Monilo shoe is designed based on the anatomy of children's feet, to contribute to healthy, natural development. It's with these sentiments in mind that we begin the craft process. A shoe can only live up to our philosophy if its last is made with expert care and precision. To achieve this, one of our master last-maker moulds an ergonomic, specialised plastic into the desired MONILO shape. Following this, a nuanced method - which uses a rasp, sandpaper, and purpose-made knife - allows for a smooth and comfortable finish. It's this method, along with the careful consideration of the last that makes a MONILO shoe so wonderful to wear. However, another key element of a MONILO product is the leather we use.
SHAPE - STYLE & SUBSTANCE
We traveled all over the world in search for the best leather for our shoes - but ultimately, our journey ended Italy, where we discovered one of the finest tanneries in Europe. This tannery produces the most exquisite calfskin we'd ever seen - incomparable to this day - and since then, we've become like family with the team there. With their quality assurance, expertise, and guidance, and our benchmark for excellence, all MONILO’s leather is carefully sorted and tested during several rigorous controls, and developed with the utmost care. Once the last is complete, it's this leather that's passed to the artist and the pattern-cutter.
The artist carefully etches the template onto the calfskin, after which the cutter selects and cuts each individual piece. As a side note, it's vitally important that our cutters are highly skilled - not only to provide the best possible product but also to ensure that leather waste is kept to a minimum. The leather chosen at this stage will form the shoe upper. It's much, much softer than the leather used for the soles, for extra mouldability and comfort, but pressed to a perfectly uniform thickness. The tie, vamp, quarter and tongue are cut now too. The edges of the uppers are shaved in order to prevent a thick layer where they overlap or fold. Then, to reinforce the uppers, a piece of flannel – called the doubler – is stitched to the leather upper from the inside, before the tip is stitched to the vamp.
LINING & METAL PARTS
The completed lining is sewn to the completed quarters, and precious palladium or rose gold eyelets are applied from the inside. Finally, the vamp and the quarters are stitched together.
The upper is imposed onto the last in order to obtain the desired shape and then fixed onto a device called premonta, which pulls the leather and gives it form. The same procedure - but using a device called a 'calziera' - models the insole.
After a variety of manual treatments, the sole is ready to be glued onto the upper part of the shoe.
Each individual shoe is carefully controlled in order to maintain our quality standards. When these standards are met, and once everything is perfect, our product is then carefully handed over for packing.