The studio – With care & dedication
It requires at least 200 handlings for a quality shoe of Verhulst. Shoes from Verhulst are still produced using traditional methods. Of course with the support of modern techniques, but the foundation for quality has remained the same.
A shoe soon consists of about 30 leather parts. These are accurately punched from sheets of quality leather. To obtain the correct thickness the leather is sometimes first divided. Parts that come on top of each other are adjusted in thickness: this is called ‘skiving’ in jargon. For strengthening the loose parts get a small linen ‘back’, to prevent the leather from stretching. This is called ‘reverse ironing’. Subsequently the parts are fringed as it were (‘reversing’ as we cobblers say), so only the outside of the leather (the grain) is visible.
The loose leather parts are assembled to a ‘shank’. According typical ‘Verhulst recipe’ first glued than also stitched. The stitching is done in a special way that guarantees extra firmness. Subsequently the heel stiffeners are applied. The terms ‘lasting’ and ‘bottoming’ might sound strange to you, but the cobbler knows exactly what they mean. Lasting means: to put the shank of the shoe around the shoe last, in order to provide the shoe with a good fit. And bottoming is of course the accurate attachment of the undersole. With high pressure the sole is glued on the shoe. Subsequently the footbeds are added.
All shoes are checked before they leave the factory. Because quality is paramount. For the finishing touch, the shoes are polished. And there you go, another pair of Verhulst shoes ready to wear.
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