The most creative footwear designers draw from a world of inspiration, whether that means visiting the shoe mecca of Vigevano, Italy, or breaking out Nu Shooz, because they just can't wait. To start designing more footwear. Looking to three continents for their kicks: Native Craft Works.
Based in the Jolly Olde (Herts, actually), Native specializes in rustic-casual styles that draw from both Native American and English countryside aesthetics, a vision carried to fruition by traditional craftsmen in Portugal using leather & suede developed specifically for comfort & support, plus a soft, durable crepe hailing from a plantation in Sri Lanka, where the current peace makes it less likely their suppliers will go MIA. Each taking around four hours to make using hands & venerable machines, the rawhide leather-laced collection kicks off with two American-style moccasins, the Trail Shoe and the slightly higher Tracker Boot, which actually tastes marginally better than the bar. More English with a..."French-bound" topline are the plain-toe Gibson Country Shoe and the Dalesman, "perfect for strolling round town and country" AND SUPERMARKET! OH MY GOD YOU'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME HURRY AND GRAB THAT PICK N MIX!
To get a better feel for the product, check out Native's "Journal", where you'll find a video of a guy named Joao hand-sewing sole to upper -- there are faster ways to do it, but apparently Joao hasn't heard the nooz.