The Anatomy of High Quality Handmade Slip-on Shoes

by Gizze LLC February 11, 2017

The Anatomy of High Quality Handmade Slip-on Shoes

Did you ever walk barefoot as a child, in your home yard, or on the beach? If you did, you can surely remember the feeling of comfort and freedom you experienced, and you would probably like to enjoy it again. Believe it or not, you can, although walking barefoot is rarely an option. All you need is a pair of quality handmade slip-on shoes.

Their origins can be traced back to 6-7 centuries ago, in Yemen (hence the name “yemeni shoes”). The local craftsmen made some unique shoes, with a tough flat leather sole, and softer leather upper. Their tradition not only survived to this day, but made it across the ocean.

The secret could lie with the anatomy of these handmade shoes, appreciated by dancers and regular people around the world for their comfort, durability, and style. If you like non-conformist and versatile footwear that looks great and tells a story, you will definitely love these shoes. To better understand what makes them so special, let’s take a look at the way they are made.

The Anatomy of High Quality Handmade Slip-on Shoes

These shoes follow the anatomy of the human foot. They are made exclusively from natural materials, carefully chosen and assembled to ensure the highest comfort and a stylish, versatile look. Each shoe section is made from a different type of leather. Thus, artisans use:

  • Cowhide for the upper part
  • Tanned buffalo for the outsole
  • Cowhide for the insole
  • Tanned kidskin for joining the insole and the outsole
  • Sheepskin for the interior lining

The production process begins with measuring and cutting the leather to obtain the necessary size and shape. The next step is hand stitching, the most laborious and important part of the process, the one that determines the shoes’ resistance, level of comfort, and uniqueness.

To ensure the best results, artisans stitch the leather on the reverse, and turn it and place it on a specially designed last, for trimming. They use twine coated with beeswax for stitching. A piercing tool and a large bodkin with twine are necessary for sole stitching.

To obtain different stitch styles, in different colors, the artisans often use different types of twine and thread on the same shoe. Their products are also known as “natural shoes,” as they do not incorporate any plastics or synthetics, but only natural materials.

Top 3 Benefits Deriving from Handmade Slip-Ons

1. They Protect the Wearer’s Health

These are “healthy shoes,” and anyone who tries them on will agree. With no high heels or high soles to interfere with the foot’s position, the wearer’s body posture, or the functioning of the knee or muscles, they enable you to move naturally, as if you were walking barefoot. Of course, you will not get dirty, get hurt by pebbles in your way, or burn your feet on the hot asphalt in the summer.

Since their upper part and inner lining are made from soft, quality leather, they will mold to your foot comfortably, causing no strain, irritations, or blisters. They will allow your feet to breathe, preventing excess sweat and unpleasant odors associated with shoes made from synthetic materials.

2. They Are Extremely Versatile

These shoes have a simple yet unique design that allows them to match almost any outfit. They are available in various colors (black, grey, navy, yellow, cherry, purple, silver, etc.), models (classic, ribbed, or laced), and textures (classic leather, classic patent leather, or classic nubuck). This makes it easy to find a pair to your liking, no matter your style or preferences.

You can wear them at work, when you go shopping, when you take the kids to the park, when you go out with your friends or run errands. They make a great choice for spring, summer, and autumn days, whether you are in a hurry or you want to linger and enjoy the walk.

3. They Are Unique, Stylish, and Durable

If you had any doubts, let us clear them: handmade items are always fashionable. People all over the world spend thousands of dollars on handmade clothes and footwear. Due to the way these shoes are made, it is impossible to have two identical pairs.

Whether the difference lies with the stitching, the color of the leather or its texture, you can be sure you’ll get unique shoes. You can also be sure they will last a long time, much longer than shoes made from synthetic materials and glued together with chemicals.

Finally, if you wish, you can send in your own requests, to make sure the shoes you buy fit you from heel to toes, and match your preferences up to the finest details. Most artisans have no problem making custom shoes, and their prices are comparable to the price of an average pair of leather shoes.

Check out our collections, or contact us now and give us the details of how you want your unique, quality handmade slip-on shoes to be!

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Shoe Sizing Guide


You’ve found your unique and stylish Gizze Handmade shoes, now it’s time to find the right fit. Gizze Handmade makes it easy! With half-sizes available in U.S. sizes, you can expect happier feet in these comfortable shoes. What’s even better? With a medium width (B-size) for women and a medium width (D-size) for men, you can be confident that you are getting a great fit.  

It’s best to order half size smaller than you normally wear in a casual footwear as shown in the size chart. For most, the fit will be slightly snug at first and could take about a few weeks to fully break in.