Shoemaking is an old and beautiful trade, which unfortunately is becoming rare as old artisans retire often without training the next generation of shoemakers. Federico Badia is an exception. Young and self-motivated, he is passionate about pairing tradition and innovation together in order to create the highest quality shoe possible. He designs, cuts, sews, and sculpts, each pair of shoes entirely by hand in his Bottega (workshop) in Orvieto, Italy.
Federico Badia is dedicated to the art of traditional, artisan shoemaking, which allows him to create a unique, luxury product. Each pair of shoes is handmade personally by Federico, who selects materials, calculates and draws the models, cuts, lasts, stitches, and polishes every shoe. This dedication to quality and detail means that the shoemaking process takes about fifty hours of work over a ten day period (not counting the work of modifying each custom shoe last). Because of the time and attention that each pair of shoes requires, Federico allows and completes only fifty orders for bespoke shoes by customers each year. Generally, it takes about three to six months from initial order date for the first pair of bespoke, handmade shoes to be completed.
Bespoke : Made to Measure
To guarantee complete comfort and satisfaction, Federico makes all his shoes by measurement (su misura). This requires either a visit to his shop in Orvieto to have measurements taken, or a personal consultation about taking measurements remotely. After these initial measurements are taken, a custom shoe last is built specifically for each client and kept by Federico at the shop. The client first receives a test shoe (scarpa di prove), which allows the client an option of final alterations. After fit and satisfaction are guaranteed, the client receives the completed shoes. No return or trial visit is necessary to reorder since the shoes can be shipped worldwide.
Handmade, Bespoke Shoes
Federico Badia uses only top quality, full-grain Italian tanned shoe leathers, which ensures that his shoes, when properly cared for, can truly last for a lifetime. Federico offers a variety of different shoe models including Oxfords, Derbys, Loafers, or Monks. He enjoys designing new styles. For each pair, the client is able to select from a variety of leather to find the perfect color and texture for them. Pricing is from €1250 (plus IVA for clients with the EU). All shoes are also goodyear welted by hand to guarantee maximum strength and flexibility.
Explore some of Federico’s shoemaking process by looking through the photos below, which show a few of the steps necessary to complete a pair of shoes.