LET'S DANCE! BAREFOOT SHOES
Exclusively made using only Spanish Horse Culatta
*100% Horse Culatta: the strongest leather in the world (including the Shell Cordovan in its unpolished form)
*Exclusive sole design '!' combining leather and Vibram tyre rubber for grip and earthing qualities
*Blake welted and manually stitched
*wide toe box
*flat soles / zero drop
*100% waxed cotton laces made in London
*Completely handmade in the UK by Gaucho Ninja Leather UK
::Barefoot Let's Dance! Shoes::
Inspired by the artist Oscar Serra (and Lisandro's father), Let's dance! shoes are design for dancing with the freedom your feet need.
They accomplish a stylish, classy elegant look and a lightweight, barefoot feel shoe made by hand with the best materials the way it was done in the past: to endure.
Horse Culatta is a small section on the hind horse's quarter.
It contains the Shell cordovan (or cordovan), a type of leather commonly used in high-end shoemaking.
Cordovan is an equine leather made from the fibrous flat connective tissue (or shell) beneath the hide on the rump of the horse.
Each cordovan is just about the area to make a pair of these shoes. It means that we can only make a pair per whole cordovan.
According to researchers around the world, Cordovan shell will last your whole life.
The method of construction allows me or any capable cobbler to replace the outer sole once it's worn out, allowing you to enjoy your uppers all your lifetime.
They are extremely lightweight (each shoe only weighing between 200 and 250g, about the weight of a standard sized apple)
They are flexible enough to fold in half without damaging them. Being a backpacker in a previous life Gaucho Ninja has made sure you can easily store them in a bag or rucksack as a second pair of shoes after removing your flip-flops or welly boots.
They shape to your feet providing a smooth, close fit. Your feet will delight in the comfort. The soles are thin and flexible too, providing the barefoot feel. If you like to practise stealthy walking like a tracker or Ninja these are ideal to try out or you might simply enjoy the sensation of touching the different surfaces of the ground with your feet.
The slim sole and malleable upper provide a welcome relief for feet that are sore from being cramped all day in hard, tight shoes. This excellent combination can also relieve back pain and promote good posture. Each pair is lovingly made by hand.
The production occurs in a small workshop built by Gaucho Ninja himself.The workshop nestles next to a stream at the bottom of the Black Mountains, a suitable place for a Gaucho and a Ninja….
This leather is tanned in the traditional way in Spain by the master tanner, 74-year-old Alfredo Caballero, using traditional tools and methods tried and tested over many generations. Alfredo is an elder, in the true sense of the word, whose knowledge and skills come from his forefathers. The result is a material that industrial methods cannot accomplish.
Each leather is unique, your eyes will delight in the different tones and depth of colour. Each shade reminding you of the grace of a moving animal. Leather is a by-product. Animals are not killed for their skins. By using leather products your ethical conscience can rest assured that you are making exceptionally good use of what would otherwise be waste. For many of us the aroma of naturally tanned leather brings a feeling of wellbeing. In a world filled with highly processed materials our sense of smell appreciates this.
The shoes are made individually, being made one pair of shoes at a time. It slows the process and raises the quality. Cut by hand, stitched by sewing machine on a slow setting, the whole shoe is carefully made to the most detailed finish.
The Vibram sole, made in Italy, is fixed with extra strong glue, that can be replaced if need be after heavy usage, as the uppers will get better and better with time.
Treatment for the leather is recommended once a month with natural oils such as neat's-foot oil or any natural leather conditioner. A tin of Handmade Gaucho Ninja Leather conditioner is supplied with each pair of shoes (if available at time of purchase).
For yourself or as a special gift you will feel as if you have bought something both essential and luxurious, irreplaceable and exclusive. These are not just a pair of shoes, but a work of art. Or perhaps, more accurately a work of true craftsmanship.
True craftsmen are an endangered species in our highly technological, mass produced consumer world. We suffer from feelings of disconnection, loneliness, stress. Know that your life will be enriched by a pair of shoes whose story is connected to many other living beings, human and other than human, a pair of shoes that have a story to tell even before they join your story…..
For extra size, please write me and I will be happy to explore the options with you. How have your shoes been made? Look this video showing Gaucho Ninja's secret techniques: http://www.gauchoninja.com
Gaucho Ninja Leather UK ガウチョ 忍者
A blend of Argentinian Cowboy + Japanese Martial Arts Gaucho Ninja was created by Lisandro Serra Delmar in 2015.