By blending traditional craftsmanship & modern technology, Undandy offers gentlemen the ability to customize their very own shoes, right down to the smallest detail. From workshop floor, direct to customer’s door in just seven days.
MAKING THE LOCAL GLOBAL
We want to preserve our traditional Portuguese heritage of shoemaking by utilizing modern technology. We work with a fourth-generation, family-owned workshop in Portugal’s shoemaking capital Sao Joao da Madeira. This traditional handcrafting shoe skill would fall away with mass industry mentality. Still, we believe that our made-to-order, direct-to-customer business model makes financial and ethical sense for both cobbler and customer.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL & ETHICAL FOOTPRINT
Each pair of Undandys is made to order without excess stock & seasonal waste, lessening the environmental impact of the footwear industry and reducing waste disposal costs.
SOURCING THE LEATHERS AND CUTTING
The best stories start with a great beginning; our exceptional quality, full-grain calfskin leathers are sourced in Italy and France. We have over 50 colors available in our leathers and fabrics, from matt to patent, canvas to suede. Different materials are gathered in our workshop according to the customization specifications. The fabrics are hand-cut using the specific Undandy shoe model and style, ready for the next cutting stage.
PATTERN CUTTING AND SEWING
The secondary stage is the more advanced cutting of the leathers and fabrics, depending on whether the shoe is a full or half brogue. Once the pattern is carefully designed, the shoe goes to our head seamstress, Maria Julia, who has 45 years of experience in sewing shoes. The shoe continues to the other seamstresses to complete the work, where their sewing machines skilfully clack in rhythm.
The insoles are nailed onto the shoe last, with the toe cuff, and counter cuff applied. Then the shoe upper is then fitted around the last. Following these steps, the toe and instep are shaped, and finally, the heel is fixed to give the shoe form.
The final flourishes to the shoe process are applying the shank, the supportive part of the shoe between the insole and outsole, giving the shoe its final structure and arch support. The sole is then attached to the shoe using the Blake Rapid Construction, where the outsole is sewn using a single stitch. This sole construction is our preferred method as it gives a flexible, lightweight feel and easiness to resole.
Unboxing your first Undandys is an experience to cherish, that first heady whiff of the leather, the unwrapping of the paper. Once the shoes have been finished, the leather is then polished and buffed to perfection. Each shoe is delicately hand wrapped for protection with tissue paper. Each pair of shoes comes in our signature box, with an Undandy bag to store your custom creations carefully.