Yuketen Michael shoes are entirely handcut and benchmade in Mexico onto 1930’s American modified lasts for the ideal union of comfort and style. The modified lasts the shoes’ are built upon were originally designed to stop the wearer from over-pronating, helping them to correct their gait and develop a better, healthier walking motion. As such, the modified lasts provide exceptional arch support to the structure of the foot. One-piece vamp construction and a hand-stitched toe details, the unique design of this shoe originates from the 1950s Tyrolean boots.
These shoes are handcrafted from a rich and malleable full grain cow leathers, resulting in wonderful contrasts and patinas over time. The upper leather is lined with soft-tanned cow leather for added comfort and durability. An equally fundamental component of this style is a combination of vegetable-tanned leather midsoles and the Vibram’s USA made oil-resisting morflex sole, which boasts pronounced lug tread pattern with a clean outsole border that is both elegant in appearance yet also functionally rugged and useful in the outdoors.
Yuketen’s meticulous Goodyear stitches are made by a sturdy 1910 German-made welt stitcher. Veg-tan leather insoles ensure conformity to the shape of the wearer’s foot for long-term comfort. Forepart of the insoles are hand-sanded as it helps to absorb the moisture from the feet and keeps them dry. Perhaps the most fascinating detail of this style is the orthopedic fitting which improves posture and reduces foot fatigue.
These remarkable features mark a new direction for Yuketen’s design aesthetic verging toward formal elegance while simultaneously maintaining all core principles and construction techniques for highest-quality handmade products.
- Goodyear-welt construction
- Bench made, hand lasted
- Steel shank reinforcement
- Available in: CC Brown, CC Black
- Available with: American Vibram 2060 Sole