Behind the scenes: Making Calla shoes

If you’ve seen our recently released video, The Calla Story of Care and Craft, you will have seen first-hand the amount of care, effort and precision that goes into every single pair of Calla shoes at our small factories in Portugal.

Being expertly handcrafted means that Calla shoes are exceptionally high quality, durable and are also extremely comfortable and soft on your bunions.

Where the magic happensshoe factory in portugal making shoes from hand

But you might be wondering, why Portugal?

Well, interestingly, Portugal has a glorious heritage of leather workmanship, and ranks second in shoe manufacturing in the European Union, with all products being manufactured in small and medium-sized enterprises. Internationally, Portugal is recognised for being a producer of high-quality leather fashion goods, perfect for Calla, as we only accept the highest of qualities here!

As Calla is producing footwear for problem feet, we don't want to approach the shoe-making process in the same way as other mainstream footwear brands, as, the mainstream way of shoe-manufacturing clearly doesn’t accommodate for bunions or wide feet.

We have had to think very carefully about how we make our shoes and find a factory which can make shoes that are spacious enough to comfort and conceal bunions. Our Portuguese factories have the technical skills and capabilities to be able to bring our ideas to life, handcrafting them to perfection to be super comforting on your feet.

Having expert shoemakers carefully handcraft each and every shoe means that we can get the exact fit we want for our styles, so they feel amazing on your feet.

Check out some behind the scene pictures of our expert shoemakers bringing our A/W 19 collection to life

Maria and Diego work hard at attaching the soles to the shoeshandcrafted shoes for bunions and comfortmaking shoes from hand red bunion shoes
José attaches the heels onto the shoehandmade shoes for bunions
Insoles are individually and carefully handmade by Ana, to ensure maximum comfort for your feetcushioned insoles bunions wide feet
All our shoes feature the arch support, cushioned insolesinsoles for bunions wide feet comfortable
One by one, Sara places the insoles into each and every shoe and inspects each shoe to ensure there are no issueshandcrafted shoes for bunions wide feet red croc boots
The gorgeous Camila Red Mock Croc Boot, brought to life in the Portuguese factoryred mock croc kitten heel boots for bunions hand crafted shoes
Mariana gets them ready to go into the shoe boxhandcrafted shoes for bunions
Andreia wraps the shoes in tissue paper before placing them into shoe boxesshoe box packaging comfortable stylish shoes for bunionsAll shoes are placed into shoe boxes, alongside a lovely soft shoe bag; the perfect way to protect your shoesstylish shoes for bunions handcrafted in portuguese factory
The final product - It's all smiles when Calla is aroundcomfortable stylish shoes for bunions handcrafted in portugal

From the start to finish, the process of making Calla shoes is focused on providing luxurious, durable, stylish shoes that will fit your bunions. Passion, expertise, amazing designs and the softest materials all combine together to create the ultimate comfort and style experience, that is wearing Calla shoes.

Find out more about Calla's journey to manufacturing handcrafted shoes with previous blog posts 'Finding a shoe manufacturer in Portugal' and 'Visiting shoe factories in Portugal'

To own your very own pair of handcrafted-to-perfection shoes, shop the Calla collection now

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