It’s an old English technique used on worker's shoes to allow water to drain from the shoe. Punctured holes forming a pattern along the edges. At our workshop in Antigua, our cobblers use a custom made tool to create the design by hand.
It's important to know that handcrafted is not perfect. Each piece is cut and sewn by hand. A machine is not used to stamp out each piece after piece, after piece. The soles are not plastic glued by a machine applying hot glue for speed. Nope. The tools of the trade are basic and simple, an exacto knife to cut the leather, a sewing machine for sewing basic seams, a hammer for securing the small nails. The soles are layers of real leather sewn together. And lots of skill to assemble each pair.
Have you wondered about the life cycle of your clothes and shoes?