The Process - How Inkkas Shoes are Made

Inkkas are not just radiant and beautiful, they are also handcrafted and carefully-made by local Peruvian artisans.

We would like to share with you a little bit more about the process behind how our beautiful shoes are created so you can understand what makes our shoes so special.

Step 1: Durability

The shoe fabric is taken and attached to a lining made of a thin foam-like material that helps increase the shoe's durability and resistance to water.

Step 2: Cutting

The shoe fabric is cut by hand using a sharp cutting tool around a tracer plate that changes according to size. The fabric is not cut by a traditional knife but rather an electric sharpener is used. The fabric is cut into three pieces, the two side parts (called the body) and the third part for the tongue & point of shoe.

Step 3: Sewing

The three cut pieces are then marked and prepared for sewing and the lace holes (eyelets) are inserted.

Step 4: Lining

The fabric pieces are then taken to the sewing room where "operadores" combine the inner lining with the shoes' 3 body pieces to make the shoe one complete piece of fabric.

Step 5: Laces

During this stage, the artisans cut holes in the fabrics to make room for the eyelets for the shoe laces. Using a pick and hammer, the workers punch the holes out of the material and then insert the small metal cylinder by hand and then insert it permanently with a small machine that ensures the eyelet will stay in place.

Step 6: Soles

After the eyelets are properly inserted into the shoes, they move onto the next stage: Soles. First, a plastic insert is fitted around the fabric and then it is connected with the rubber sole, which is cemented on.

Step 7: Touch Up

Finally, we reach the retouching phase. The shoes are inspected for any defects, any loose strings are cut and the shoes are given a quick clean. An insole is placed inside the shoe and it is then laced and boxed.

Step 8: Shipping them to you!

Now the shoes are ready to ship out and hopefully put a big smile on someone's face!!