HOW A WORK OF ART IS BORN

Poetics, subject and technique.

The three stages of processing an excellent shoe.
We do not know if these three phases always respect the order in which they are written in the chronology of execution

We know that they are the fundamental components with which the shoe is thought, hinted in the drawings, outlined, turned in the round like a sculpture and finally, when the touch-ups of the expert hands of Vito Artioli and under the expert gaze of the esthete Andrea, have given birth to the final design, we move on to the choice of the materials that will compose it.

One thinks of the man who will wear the shoes, his build, the external temperatures where it will be worn, from the kind of comfort that he will feel at the foot, to the breathability and to the solidity of a plantar support that will be surrounded by the flexibility of the precious leathers chosen one by one as only artisanal productions can guarantee.

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Without the poetics, the shoe that is the protagonist, would always be just a shoe like many others. Instead no.

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THE ARTIOLI SHOE IS UNIQUE

There are more than two hundred operations of high manufacturing mastery that represent 100 years of Artioli history in the world of shoes and two centuries of tradition of Italian shoemaker Masters.

The Artioli shoe is not just a high-end shoe.

The Artioli shoe is not just a luxury shoe.

The Artioli shoe is not just a Class shoe.

The Artioli shoe is Poetry.

Poetics, subject and technique are also the three points of view for looking at a work of art.

The main steps of the production of an Artioli Shoe


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Before making its way on to the foot of a customer, the Artioli shoe passes over a long period through the hands of the professional artisans that craft them. They infuse the same values into the shoes as the lines that time has carved on their hands. Embodied in the culture of shoemaking, the profession of quality, and the enduring reach for perfection.

The essence of a shoe and any garment is its shape. It is from this exact point that the Artioli shoe has its birth. The shoemaker rises to greatness only by infusing into the shoe the shape that will incorporate their knowledge of the foot, comfort, fashion trends, and the proper distinction that each one of their shoes possesses. These considerations occurs when sculpting the original last out of wood and after the Artioli’s have prepared the lasts, they design the lines of the future shoe, envisioning the cuttings, stitching, and the minute details that create the final product.

The tanning and selection of the leather is another important operation. Artioli’s masters personally choose the leather each day, screening the highest quality leathers. Only one percent of the best leather in the world is good enough to provide raw material. Artioli uses the finest quality full thickness hides, treated with the proven age-old method of slow tanning with pure aniline. Following strict controls, the leathers are cut by experts who then make a selection inside of the single skin by choosing only the best part.

After treatment and preparation the pieces of leather are sewn to form the upper part of the shoe. The unique double and reversed stitching, each stitch is bought back and folded, provides extreme strength and longevity. Next, the supports are manually applied.

SHOE LASTING, ASSEMBLY, DRYING AND IRONING OF THE UPPER ON THE SHAPE

The leather cups, arch and heel supporters must perfectly adhere to the last when the shoe upper and the insole are mounted. Finally the shoe is manually beaten with the hammer and pressed with the iron. The upper rests on the last for many days to slowly dry.

SOLE SEWING

Following the drying, the sole is stitched to the upper part. The hand stitching operation is a magical moment, it fully expresses the mastery of the shoemaker. Due to his complexity and rarity it is this phase that the shoe lovers most admires.

SOLE BEVELLING AND MARKING

The edge of the sole are hand milled with an expert eye to always ensure the correct line in the connection between the upper and the sole of the shoe, which is prepared by hand and refined with careful attention.

POLISHING AND ANTIQUING

After a long series of treatments with creams and waxes following Artioli methods, it is time for the finishing touches. The goal of a beautifully and perfectly shaped shoe is finally born in a new Artioli creation!

The main steps of the production of an Artioli Shoe

Before making its way on to the foot of a customer, the Artioli shoe passes over a long period through the hands of the professional artisans that craft them. They infuse the same values into the shoes as the lines that time has carved on their hands. Embodied in the culture of shoemaking, the profession of quality, and the enduring reach for perfection.

The essence of a shoe and any garment is its shape. It is from this exact point that the Artioli shoe has its birth. The shoemaker rises to greatness only by infusing into the shoe the shape that will incorporate their knowledge of the foot, comfort, fashion trends, and the proper distinction that each one of their shoes possesses. These considerations occurs when sculpting the original last out of wood and after the Artioli’s have prepared the lasts, they design the lines of the future shoe, envisioning the cuttings, stitching, and the minute details that create the final product.

The tanning and selection of the leather is another important operation. Artioli’s masters personally choose the leather each day, screening the highest quality leathers. Only one percent of the best leather in the world is good enough to provide raw material. Artioli uses the finest quality full thickness hides, treated with the proven age-old method of slow tanning with pure aniline. Following strict controls, the leathers are cut by experts who then make a selection inside of the single skin by choosing only the best part.

After treatment and preparation the pieces of leather are sewn to form the upper part of the shoe. The unique double and reversed stitching, each stitch is bought back and folded, provides extreme strength and longevity. Next, the supports are manually applied.

SHOE LASTING, ASSEMBLY, DRYING AND IRONING OF THE UPPER ON THE SHAPE

The leather cups, arch and heel supporters must perfectly adhere to the last when the shoe upper and the insole are mounted. Finally the shoe is manually beaten with the hammer and pressed with the iron. The upper rests on the last for many days to slowly dry.

SOLE SEWING

Following the drying, the sole is stitched to the upper part. The hand stitching operation is a magical moment, it fully expresses the mastery of the shoemaker. Due to his complexity and rarity it is this phase that the shoe lovers most admires.

SOLE BEVELLING AND MARKING

The edge of the sole are hand milled with an expert eye to always ensure the correct line in the connection between the upper and the sole of the shoe, which is prepared by hand and refined with careful attention.

POLISHING AND ANTIQUING

After a long series of treatments with creams and waxes following Artioli methods, it is time for the finishing touches. The goal of a beautifully and perfectly shaped shoe is finally born in a new Artioli creation!