It needs quite a few steps and several hours to turn good leather, cork and a durable outsole into a sandal. Our classic Mexico Handsewn is a good example. Some impressions from our workshop:
Everything starts with a pair of footprints: On the blueprint we draw the shape of the sandal and define the position of the pad – that’s the small support under the midfoot, and we mark where the straps will be attached to the sole some steps later. The most important criteria being: Everything has to be positioned to fit the foot anatomically as precisely as possible.
Work for the awl: When all the sole components have been glued together, a crack is created in the insole. In essence, that’s just a flat, sharp cut, in which the sewing thread will be completely sunk later. It’s a sword awl we use to pierce the holes for the seam in the next step, which takes a strong tool and also a strong hand.
On the underside, we then cut a groove along the pre-punched seam holes with a sharp groover. The thread is placed in the groove so that the outsole can be glued to a flat surface. In case the outsole needs to be renewed along with the glue, the old layers can be removed without damaging the thread.
A tight fit is essential. The thread is sewn with two needles pierced in opposite directions through the same hole. It gets tightened well again and again. If you could look through the leather, the thread would appear like kind of a chain, and in fact the seam is really tight.
No use to try the machine. It is the additional midsole that makes Mexico Handsewn particularly stable and puncture-resistant, but  on the other hand the stiff and firm structure cannot be stitched even with our sturdy old machines. What this sole needs is solid handiwork. Every single stitch is carefully made. And there is a reward for all the effort: Mexico Handsewn is even more durable than our already quite sturdy other sandals.
After sewing, we close the crack in the insole. We soak the crack with some water so that the leather becomes a little bit pliable and swells, and press the crack closed with a smoothing tool. It will remain closed after drying, only a very narrow joint remains. And there is a most welcome side effect: The thread is no longer visible.
The finished sole consists of several components. From top to bottom: Insole, split leather frame, the usual midsole, the cork footbed, then the additional midsole as the trademark feature of Mexico Handsewn and finally the outsole. A firm pad is placed in the midfoot area. On the grinding and polishing machine, the edge is now finely ground into the contour and then polished with wax.
The next step: Fitting the straps. The straps are pulled through the punched holes in the characteristic Mexico cross lacing. We help a little with the awl, since the straps sit really tight in the sole, especially in a new sandal – that’s exactly how it should be.
The straps are still quite loose. Not until the sandals are fitted to the foot they are pulled exactly to the necessary length, section by section. The straps should be snug, but not pinch the foot. After breaking in the sandals, they may need to be readjusted a bit.
Finally, it’s time for the heel strap. The three straps are braided in the somewhat wider heel strap. The connection is simple but tight and functional, and it does not require buckles and clasps at all. Any kind of buckle would need some sort of elaborate fixing, even then would still be the weakest part of the whole sandal. An completely out of place, to our taste. You can adjust the heel strap with just a few moves, making it tighter or a little more loose. This is what we call our “Mexican Joint”.
You can actually see it’s good work. If everything looks just right, it’s fine with us. Have you ever noticed that off-the-rack sandals often have the little toe pinched? Because the straps are simply not in the right place? With us, that won’t happen! Whether your foot is narrow or rather wide, long or short, the shape of the sole will fit perfectly and the straps will be in the best possible place. Made to measure, no doubt!


Advice in our workshop. Of course, you can just come to the workshop and get all advice you might need. However, if you want to order a pair of sandals or shoes, we recommend that you make an appointment so that we make sure we have enough time for you. The appointment can also be arranged outside our opening hours (Monday to Friday 3.00 to 6.00 p.m.). Please allow 20 to 30 minutes for normal needs.

Once you have made your decision, we ask you to stand on a so-called foot-impression-box with both feet one after the other. This is a kind of footprint kit that shows us just where you normally put weight on your feet. We also draw the foot outline for both feet.

In the course of this, we also discuss the special requirements you may have for your feet. While we don’t make orthopedic shoes or sandals, and don’t do video or computer analysis of your gait or foot form, we will use our experience and expertise to address special needs.

Need some time: Handmade Sandals & Shoes Once we got your footprints, we can start to make your sandals or shoes. It’s handwork, and we do it on a first-come, first-served basis. We will give you an approximate appointment date for fitting or an estimated date for shipping, respectively. For some models – the ones you can not order online – we need you to visit us for a second appointment to fit the sandal or shoe.


Please note: Shape: The sole and footbed are shaped according to your footprints and therefore may appear slightly different from the pictures in the online catalog. This is not a deficiency. Color: The leather is dyed individually, and your monitor or display can show colors quite differently. The colors are therefore not binding, this is not a deficiency.

1. Make a footprint

Involvement of the buyer: We need your footprints for our bespoke sandals and shoes. When we receive an online order, we will send you a footprint kit and a small enclosed instruction. You must return the footprint kit to us before we can begin to work.

2. Adjust the Straps

When you receive the finished sandals, you need to adjust the straps yourself. Please see Video below. This collaboration is required; it is not a shortcoming and does not justify a price reduction.
Right of withdrawal and exchange: All our sandals and shoes are custom made and we only make them to order. The purchase contract is concluded by the binding order, you can not return or exchange the sandals or shoes. General Terms & Conditions: Please read our GTC before you make your binding order. We are obliged to provide you with these informations. When ordering online, you are required tick the respective box to confirm that you have read and understood our GTC . Further questions: Please check our “What you need to know” page first. If you can’t find the answer to your questions there, please feel free to contact us directly!