Our sneakers are made in three different artisanal workshops : one in Arequipa in Southern Peru and two in Lima. Each workshops counts 8 to 12 artisans. Each are family workshops where most are relatives.
The artisans of the Arequipa workshop are paid between 1000 and 1500 Nuevo Soles per month, and those of the two Lima workshops are paid between 1400 and 2000 NS. This difference is proportional to the difference of the cost of living between the two cities. Minimum wage in Peru being is 750 (NS). Each artisan works 44 hours a week - legal full-time in Peru – with two days of rest a week.
Here is a presentation of the main steps of the fabrication of a pair of Perús. All the materials - canvas, rubber and leather - are sourced in Peru.
- Reinforcement of the canvas
A cotton-lining is stared to the canvas for better resistance and texture.
- Cutting of the pieces of canvas
Handmade in order to have the most precise cutting in order to optimize the placement of the pattern on the sneakers.
- The leather patch
The leather patch is 100% Peruvian leather.
A bronze stamp is heated in order to brand the Perús logo on each shoe.
- Sewing of the canvas
The three pieces of canvas - the two sides and the front - are sewn together with double stiches.
- Sole assembling
This is the essential moment when the assembled pieces of canvas are set around a mold and then fixed to the sole composed of natural rubber. This step is key to the final form of the sneaker, its aesthetic, and its comfort. The molds used have been designed and shaped by machines and then finished by hand to have a perfect fit with the complex shape of a foot.
- Sewing of the sole
The natural rubber sole is then sewn to the rest of the shoe for an everlasting fixation.