Exploring the Cordoba region

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Cordoba first becomes recognised for its leatherwork in the Middle Ages, when workers’ techniques around the art of tanning leather and embossing patterns onto the material were discovered. Fast forward to today and the style recognised then is still very much in use at Susana Cabrera; engaging in the most traditional techniques to emulate the passion the Cordoba community had and continues to have even today. Not only that, but Cordoba provides the home of our inspiration. So, the historical relevance is very difficult to escape. 

Let’s look back a little, at the days when a shoe was designed to last a lifetime, and every pair was a cherished possession. 

Shoemaking is a craft and one that is distinctly intricate in its approach to creating something that looks great and is also practical in its design. All too often, we see designs that have been rushed and production techniques that do an injustice to shoemaking history – using materials that are cheaply made and employing workers to exploit and treat unfairly. It is not uncommon to visit a town today and see no evidence of the traditional shoemakers that would once have existed, as little by little the historical value of the profession has been run out of town by low cost and mass-produced products that no longer hold the same reverence. 

For us, our shoes are still a product of love, and every touchpoint from conception to creation and delivery reflects this. By choosing to retain our roots in Cordoba, we are proud to pay heritage to the traditional business of leather tanning and shoemaking and are one of only a handful of providers in the world now who still rely on hand shoemakers and traditional techniques. The greatest shoes are those that showcase the most skilled workmanship, and we are proud to follow in the footsteps of the great Cordwainers in England who typically used leather that originated in Cordoba.

Susana Cabrera