THE BEAUTIFUL SHOES
by Thierry Rabotin
Human presence in production is not simply considered an asset
to modern machinery, it is not, as one would say today, virtual, quite
the contrary, it is in fact the human touch that characterises our
shoes making them "live" almost becoming part of the body. The
incredibile sensation that our shoes give, of walking barefoot, isn't
and cannot be the aseptic product of an automate manufacturing method
but comes from the expert hands of our artisan-technicians who put
passion, experience, soul and creativity in their work.
The success of Thierry Rabotin's shoes is perfectly synthesised in one
of his phrases: "I like to design shoes that envelop the feet giving
the pleasant sensation of walking barefoot." The "sacchetto" shoes,
using a working method in perfect equilibrium between artisan working
procedures and technology, are among the most beautiful and original
shoes that one can see and at the same time the most comfortable that
one can wear.
The goal we were aiming for from the beginning was that of making
beautiful shoes but that were especially healthy and comfortable.
What does "a sacchetto" mean? During the sewing phase, the lining,
which substitutes the innersole is assembled to the upper by fixing it
like a sac along its edge. It differs from the other working porcedures
because it does not use a metal reinforcement and thermoplastic glue
and this way the shoe becomes lighter. A lighter weight means that it
becomes easier to walk, the shoe permits the natural movement of the
foot since all the components that usually make it rigid are missing.
During the hand assembly, the lining, for which only the best nappa is
used, is fixed in two steps to the upper, conserving in this manner
softness and capacity of transpiration and providing a perfect ambience
for the foot. Only water solvable glues that once dry do not develop
harmful vapours are employed. A shock absorbing and transpiring
material is inserted between the sole and the lining, to lighten the
articulations all along the foot, which thanks to its open cellular
structure maintains its volume for a long time.
Anonymous: "Thierry Rabotin's shoes make me happy. They make my feet
and back happy, and I feel lust when I see them and hold them.
No, they are not those in-your-face glitter spike heels of the under 30
crowd's passion, but Thierry's lush leathers and scultured wedges and
angled toe boxes quicken my breath and keep me jumping to my feet and
dancing all night long."