We work in partnership with European artisan bootmakers with whom we have close longstanding relationships. We source the finest leathers and suedes for them to expertly craft our collections, bringing our designer’s ideas to life.
Making DuoBoots - The 8 Steps
1. The Last-makers
All our boots begin their journey at the last-makers. This is where the ‘last’ that forms the basis of each style is created. Our designer works closely with the last maker to develop shapes unique to us.
2. Pattern Cutters
Expert pattern cutters then work with the last and our design to create a 3D prototype. Once this prototype is approved the pattern cutters then work carefully to tailor the leg fittings across our 11 calf sizes.
We believe that beauty lies in the detail: turned seams, fine piping, intricate broguing; carefully chosen components; heels designed by us and beautiful embellishments such as the buckles & straps. We work with a highly experienced team of craftspeople to make sure we get them just right.
4. Colour & Materials
When creating a collection, we select the finest materials and put together our own palette of timeless seasonal colours. We invest in the most luxurious quality leathers that are hand finished and produced in small limited runs.
5. Closing & Lasting
Closing is the artform of sewing and lasting is the artform of pulling the sewn upper over the last, shaping the boot and securing the sole onto the boot. It takes years to master these skills, which is why we are so proud to work with our skilled artisans and craftspeople in Portugal.
We take great care choosing the type of sole for each of our designs. For example, for styles intended for rugged everyday use we work with heavy tread rubber soles, but for our workwear and evening styles we use a more refined rubber sole, combining the durability of rubber with the elegance of a lighter aesthetic.
The last part of the design process is choosing the ‘finish’ of the leather – whether it will be brushed, buffed, polished, or waxed. Our craftsmen do this by hand and each technique creates a different look – from soft and casual to glossy and glamorous. The end result is definitely worth the elbow grease!
8. The Last, Luxe Detail
Finally, all of our in-socks are made from leather as this is the best choice for breathability to make sure that all our boots and ankle boots feel as gorgeous as they look!