THE ART OF THE CORDWAINER
The art of the cordwainer is under threat in most western European countries but it persists in Italy. There are a number of reasons for this but primarily its due to the simple fact that Italy has developed a worldwide reputation for producing some of the best shoes in the world. And although machines have replaced some of the processes that were previously carried out by the hand, quality Italian shoes are still created with traditional methods in mind. Shoes are commonly made in stages, with different artisans, sometimes in different factories, taking responsibility for each individual step.