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The History of Shoes

The Inspiration of Our Shoes

Dating as far back as 600-700 years ago in Southern Anatolia, the traditional Yemeni-style shoe was created by skilled craftsmen. Today, the heel-less shoe is still constructed with a natural leather upper and tough leather sole by modern craftsmen residing in the Southeast cities of Turkey. These skilled craftsmen are known as kosger, derived from the Farsi word “kesfger”, meaning shoemaker.

At Gizze Handmade it is important to us to keep the traditional craftsmanship of the Yemeni shoe alive by solely utilizing the natural and handmade process throughout our collections.

Crafting the Yemeni Shoe

Only high-quality natural materials are used in the careful crafting of the Yemeni shoes; each section is made from a different natural leather. The upper, insole and the inner lining are made from cowhide, and the outsole is made from tanned buffalo. Throughout the process, beeswax-coated twine is used as thread for stitching.

After each natural material is hand-selected, it is time for the craftsmen to begin their process.

First, the leather is carefully cut to the desired size for each section. Once this task is complete, the craftsmen prepare for stitching. The heel-less shoe must first be stitched on the reverse side and then placed on a last – the craftsman’s tool for shaping and constructing the shoe. After the excess leather is trimmed, the shoe will not return to the last until it is complete.

With the beeswax-coated twine attached to a large thick needle called a bodkin, the sides of the shoe are skillfully hand-stitched with the help of a piercing tool. After the sole and upper are stitched, it is finally time for the shoe to return to the last. Here, it will sit for one day and then the shoe is ready to wear.

The Result: A Natural, Handmade, and Healthy Product

Once the process of the Yemeni shoe meets its completion, the result is a natural, healthy, and handmade product. The high quality materials combined with expert construction create breathability, which disperses sweat and inhibits foot odor. The naturally comfortable shoe also prevents other common foot issues such as blisters and corns, making this the perfect shoe for anyone seeking a more comfortable and healthy fit.

To enjoy the incredible benefits of these natural, healthy, and handmade shoes, check out our Gizze Handmade Collections of Classic, Laced, and Ribbed Slip-Ons today.

Your feet will appreciate the attentive craftsmanship of our traditional Yemeni style shoe!

Shoe Sizing Guide

GETTING THE RIGHT FIT

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.