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A Behind-the-Scenes Look on How SOLS are Made

A Behind-the-Scenes Look on How SOLS are Made

Have you ever looked at your feet while wearing your most comfortable SOLS out and about? Look no further! We are going to walk you through each step on how these slip-on shoes are created!

To provide some context, part of the process starts with what our mission has been from the beginning to have sustainability and to use authentic artisans in Mexico to build SOLS most comfortable shoes. There is meticulous time and effort that is put into each of the designs that the artisans are provided to build, so that these shoes will last for years.

Now what you have been waiting for, the step-by-step process the artisans take to build SOLS shoes:

Genuine leather strips

Step 1: Ethical Leather Sourcing and Tanning 

Ethical practices are our commitment from the very beginning of the process! We carefully source real leather from trusted suppliers prioritizing animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Once hides arrive to our artisans, the hides undergo a meticulous tanning process only using natural vegetable oils. This traditional method ensures the highest quality leather and aligns with our values of minimizing environmental impact and promoting artisanal craftsmanship. As the leather basks in the sun, it absorbs the rich oils, resulting in a supple texture that is both luxurious and eco-friendly. This step gives us our name—in Spanish, sol means sun.

Step 2: Hand-Cutting Leather 

The freshly tanned and curated leather is hand-cut by our skilled artisans, who bring decades of experience and a keen eye for detail to their craft. From intricate straps to sturdy soles, every component of our real leather huaraches is crafted to ensure a perfect fit and superior comfort. Small and large, these pieces make up all sections of the shoes. By cutting the real genuine leather by hand, we can create unique patterns and designs that set our SOLS shoes apart, celebrating the artistry and individuality of each pair.


Step 3: Hand-Weaving and Assembly 

Handweaving a leather mule style shoe

Once the leather pieces have been cut to precision based on each design, our artisans begin the intricate process of hand-weaving Ana’s, Benita’s, and Maddie’s; to name a few of our designs. Drawing on generations of passed-down techniques, they masterfully intertwine the genuine leather to create the distinctive woven patterns on each piece. With each stitch, they infuse a sense of history and heritage.

Step 4: Attaching the Sole 

Leather strips next to leather and natural gum rubber soles

The final step in crafting our shoes is attaching the sole, which is made from natural rubber or sustainably sourced wood. Carefully selected for their durability and comfort, these materials provide a sturdy foundation for our shoes while minimizing environmental impact. The artisans skillfully affix the assembled shoe to the sole, ensuring a secure fit that will withstand the test of time. By using natural materials and ethical production methods, we create shoes of the highest quality and uphold our commitment to sustainability and responsible manufacturing.

There you have it—each step of the intricate process behind crafting SOLS sandals. It’s a journey we're honored to share with our community, a tribute to the legacy passed down by our ancestors. As you slip into your pair, we invite you to see more than just shoes; see the dedication, tradition, and love woven into every stitch. With every wear, you become part of a story—a story of heritage, craftsmanship, and connection. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and may your SOLS carry you forward with pride and purpose.



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