What's the history of your workshop?
My grandfather established it in 1898 and the family has been working there ever since. Today I share it with my brother Enrique. My nephew, the fourth generation in the family, is now beginning to work there as well. I've loved it ever since my childhood when I spent every summer there.
How did you learn to make shoes?
My father, my cousins and my uncles taught me. But you don't stop learning. I would say to young people that the most important things in this profession are enthusiasm, tenacity and lots of patience.
What's the key to your craft?
The way that we craft every shoe totally by hand. The work of a person with an awl and some needles, stitch by stitch, cutting with a blade, preparing a slipsole, their ability with tools, then mounting every piece with the form of the foot in a mould, using tongs and pulling it by hand.
How do you feel about the future?
I would say that our profession is in danger. It´s easy to say you are a craftsman when really you are using a mechanical process. It's important that our shop is next to the workshop and clients can see how every piece is made.