Francesco – Shoemaker

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THE SURVIVING QUESTIONS

1. IN ONE SENTENCE, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT YOU DO?

To be a shoemaker basically translates in handcrafting – respecting the traditional timing and processes – footwear that truly are a one-off  prototype for the client that desires something special made to last and emotion itself and whoever cares to understand it.

2. WHAT DID YOU LEARN THANKS TO YOUR HANDS?

What I learned thanks to my hands is that every single articulation and movement they do translates in something that both esthetically and functionally can’t be replaced or copied by a machine. And I bet my own hands is never gonna happen!

 3. IF YOU HAD TO CONVINCE A TEENAGER TO FOLLOW YOUR PATH, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

A useful advice for somebody who dares to start something like this is that you must bare in mind that this no quick-job. All that counts here is to take care of the details, not only for the client’s satisfaction, but for your own satisfaction!

THE SURVIVING STORY

By chance, walking through the streets of Turin’s city center, I found myself in Piazza Savoia and, in one of the square’s corners I discovered a small workshop. I step inside and I met a young master who works like the old Italian shoemakers, point by point, nail after nail. I asked his name and he smiled saying “Francesco Lanzone”. We talked and it was clear to me how passionate he was about its mastery, I felt the envy of a man who’s not “working” but is truly making art.

Before I left him behind I asked him why do you this? He pointed to his left foot and said “I wear 12 and I could never find the right number or shape or feeling, the were all horrible! So I started working in several workshops to learn the mastery and learn how to make my own shoes. Than I figured that out there others must love wearing comfortable shoes, maybe someone with my same problem! Here I am, day after day!”.

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