OUR CONSTRUCTION

When we set out to create an all-leather shoe with a molded arch, we had no idea that it could be such a challenge (boy were we naive!). What most people don’t realize (including us at the time) is that truly 100% leather sandals are quite rare in the market. Most manufacturers combine leather uppers with other synthetic components, and still call them “leather” sandals in order to keep the cost down (hint: most times the "upper" is leather, the "insole" or "sock" of the shoe is a cheaper leather, and the outsole (the bottom) of the shoe is made of what we call TPR which is a rubber). This is how they can make sandals for half the price, but it is also the reason why these shoes will likely fall apart after awhile and not age well. Making (and wearing) all-leather sandals and shoes is a passion of ours. We LOVE what happens to an all-leather pair of shoes after years of wear . . . which means no cutting corners.

Ok, so, creating an all-leather sandal is not necessarily difficult (though it is costly if you are using quality leather). What WAS DIFFICULT was figuring out how to work a leather sole so that it can hold the shape of an arch through time, while still looking slim and feminine . . . and thin enough to be flexible and immediately comfortable. Oh geez! :-)
 

creating all-leather footwear is not necessarily difficult, though it is costly...

what WAS DIFFICULT was figuring out how to work a leather sole so that it can hold the shape of an arch through time...

while still looking slim and feminine… and thin enough to be flexible and immediately comfortable.
And so the story begins...

Seven rounds of samples with the factory…

 

One custom “made-for-beek” sole machine (think 1000 kilos of pressure) …

 

Much trial and error with the sole-leather thickness and arch height…

 

Lots of sweat and late-night “you can do this / don’t give up” conversations… have lead to the heart and soul of beek: “our sole”. Each sole takes 48 hours to make. A process of soaking the sole-leather, molding with pressure, and an exact drying process (the rest is a secret…)

 

Nails are then hand-pounded around the in-sole, and the process of sanding around the sole starts.

 

We then fit our our shoes on ourselves (Kenna is the size 9 and Birgit the size 6) and our closest friends, to perfect them before we go into production. And then it's "game on". We travel to Mexico, on average, about three times a month to watch production and fit while they are being made. Every single pair of beek shoes is built to our crazy type-A specifications (and, believe us, that’s no easy task).

We then ship them to the U.S. and they go straight to about 50 retailers across the U.S., and our own website, where they hopefully go to loving homes. :-)