The Process

The art of making a handcrafted footwear masterpiece involves literally hundreds of steps combining old world painstaking details and modern technology. Below is a summary of the main parts of the production process. Stemar takes pride in giving a very high level of attention to each and every one of these steps in the journey from design to finished product.

An Idea

Design

It all starts with an idea. Gifted designers with their pulse on fashion and trends create sketches and samples of fresh designs that marry classic sensibilities, current styling, and comfort.

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2nd Step

Shoe Lasts

Shoe lasts (molds) are created for every size to be offered of a particular style.

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3rd Step

Leather Selection

The finest leather is selected for construction.

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4th Step

Cutting

Technologically advanced machines cut the leather upper pieces and soles with precision.

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5th Step

Sewing

Leather pieces are sewn together with great care.

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6th Step

Stitching

Hand stitching around the shoe last is performed by master shoemakers.

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7th Step

Sole Application

Soles are applied to the leather upper. There are four main ways the sole for a particular shoe may be installed.

  • Blake Construction (leather and rubber soles),
  • Stitched Box construction (rubber sole/sneakers),
  • Tubular construction (loafers),
  • Goodyear Welt (loafers and lace ups).
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8th Step

Finish

Beautiful finishes are applied by hand in a multiplicity of colors.

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9th Step

Polishing

The shoes are polished to give them that beautiful shine.

Shipping

Finished Product

Another pair of beautiful Stemar shoes is ready to be boxed up and shipped out to our valued customers