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Norwegian Welt construction

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Lowcut and midcut, lined or unlined

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midcut 6"

midcut 5"

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phylosophy
philosophy

I make shoes and leather goods with passion and responsibility.

No compromise eco-friendly materials, traditional workmanship and exclusive bespoke style designs.

This means that each product is unique

and one of a kind.

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construction
construction

Norwegian Welt

There are many ways to make a shoe.

Going for high quality footwear we are

talking about stitched constructions.

ZWIENAHT boots and shoes are made in

the absolute top-of-the-notch-, the Norwegian Welt construction, a very complicated and time- consuming technique. It even beats the Goodyear welt, the Blake and Stitchdown construction because of its balance of flexibility, durability and waterproofness.

I do the complete bottom construction by hand.

 

materials
materials

- highest quality, sustainable, natural -

The upper material as well as soles, welt and heel  is made of vegetable tanned leathers.

Upper leather is hand-stained.

For outsole, midsole, insole and welt I use cow leather which is made the traditional way of bark ground-tanning in Germany.

the teacher
contact
info@zwienaht.com
Rolf Schmiedel
+49 (0)  176 75  82 07 38
the teacher

Costa was a Greek shoemaker, who, as a young man, in the confusion of the Second World War, drifted through various places in Southeast of Europe and made military boots. He must have made hundreds maybe even a thousand boots for soldiers and officiers, he told me.

After the war his roaming finally came to a stop in a small German town named Diez where he married a shoemaker's daughter. That's where I met  him in my childhood. I can still smell the leathers, waxes and glues in his small dark workshop.

In my early twenties, turned on by a shoemaker named Peter Limmer in New Hampshire, USA, I decided to learn how to make shoes and I remembered Costa who then became my teacher.

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Rolf Scmiedel

info@zwienaht.com

+49 176758207

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