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Many people have a story about finding a fashion gem while on vacation. Whether it be stumbling upon artisan weavers, or skilled builders, there is something special about owning pieces that are made by hand. This is exactly what happened to the shoe label Sotto il Sole‘s co-founder, who discovered a shoemaking craftsman in Italy. But her quiet discovery didn’t stop there —an idea was born, and so was a company.
Today the label designs and hand-makes its wares in New York, using leather sourced from a family-run tannery in Naples. Each pair of shoes is made-to-order, re-introducing the old-school concept of custom footwear to a modern fashion crowd. The brand already calls model/actress Daniela Botero and model/tv host Arianny Celeste as fans. But going the custom, hand-made route isn’t just a luxurious way to get chic shoes — it’s also sustainable. By keeping production down they are offering an alternative to disposable clothing. These shoes are meant to be cherished.
The perks of hand-made shoes go beyond being a sustainable alternative to fast fashion. In addition to having a more personal, customized mode of service — including free size adjustments within the first 14 days of purchase — Sotto il Sole promises to help you maintain and repair your sandals for a small fee. After all, why would anyone want to replace something so special?
At the moment Sotto il Sole is consciously keeping its collection to ten different styles (six flats, and four wedges). But there are 11 different color options for each, offering a variety of ways for these sandals to work their way into your wardrobe. Considering how easy it is to fall in love with the styles, fans will want to stock up on looks.
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