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25 . 3 . 2020

Handcrafted Shoes


You may have seen the word Patine around before. Maybe you read it in a magazine or so it come across some pictures on Instagram or Facebook, but you don’t actually know what it means.

Well, if you want to rectify that, then stay with us as we will guide you through it, until you inevitably realize you need to add a couple of these exquisite beauties to your shoe-rack. The technique used to achieve this artwork is known as “Anticatura”, which is Italian for antique finishing. 


How to create the perfect patine?

Patine basically means the long, meticulous and arduous process of hand painting the leather. Now, we know what you’re thinking. What do we mean exactly when we use terms like “long, meticulous and arduous”?

Well, to create vibrant Patine, which they are known for, the artisans need to apply multiple layers of essential oil, pigments and leather dye. This can be achieved by lying various brushes depending on the effect you want. Some artists even use several colors, resulting in the creation of a single color with a particular kind of variance.

This technique looks great, but it can also take up to several hours a day for a single pair of shoes. Mind you, that period of time only covers the painting of the shoe, not the shoe making or finishing.

Such process holds other inconveniences. In order to hold the multiple layers of dye, higher quality leather with finer pores must be used, which will add to the cost. Furthermore, if you hope to achieve that ballroom shine that characterizes the Patine then each shoe must be hand polished. Can’t a machine do it? Not if you want to achieve that particular shine.


Carlos Santos Shoes Patine

All of this leads to a question of commitment. Many brands offer Patine for lower prices, yet they are Patine in name only. A true high-end Patine is usually done on a white crust calf leather, appropriately accompanied by a paint brush, while cheaper imitations are done on leather that already has a base color and then applying a big sponge.

When our consumers purchase a Carlos Santos Shoes Patine, they know they’re paying for a product that is painstakingly made in a way that respects the integrity of the shoe and that understands the importance of each detail, guaranteeing the absolute best every time.

Projeto-42446 | Projeto-13915
Portugal 2020