Behind The Style, The Making Of Giuseppe Zanotti “G Heel”

Products | Style | 6 April 2018

The making of the “G Heel”

1. Inspiration and design

Before a shoe takes form, the design comes to life in the mind of Giuseppe Zanotti. Through his pursuit of beauty and desire to push boundaries, Giuseppe begins to sketch out his idea by hand with watercolor pencils, giving special attention to the form of the upper and the line of the heel. Each sketch is the basis of his next great shoe and for this collection, the idea of the heel came from Giuseppe’s very own signature.

1. Inspiration and design

Before a shoe takes form, the design comes to life in the mind of Giuseppe Zanotti. Through his pursuit of beauty and desire to push boundaries, Giuseppe begins to sketch out his idea by hand with watercolor pencils, giving special attention to the form of the upper and the line of the heel. Each sketch is the basis of his next great shoe and for this collection, the idea of the heel came from Giuseppe’s very own signature.

2. Modeling and fittings

From a 2-D sketch, a 3-D model begins to take shape. Through this stage, technical expertise comes into play as the team starts to transform Giuseppe’s new heel design into a working prototype. The workshop produces several prototypes before Giuseppe approves the final model. At this point, the rest of the production process is mapped out-the structure, shape and assembly methods are defined and perfected to guarantee that form indeed follows function.

2. Modeling and fittings

From a 2-D sketch, a 3-D model begins to take shape. Through this stage, technical expertise comes into play as the team starts to transform Giuseppe’s new heel design into a working prototype. The workshop produces several prototypes before Giuseppe approves the final model. At this point, the rest of the production process is mapped out-the structure, shape and assembly methods are defined and perfected to guarantee that form indeed follows function.

3. Cutting

With the shoe’s style and architecture defined, the painstaking task of hand-cutting the leather begins. Each piece-cut to spec-follows the pattern of a paper scale model. Precision is required, and that precision comes with time, through the skill of a master craftsman.

3. Cutting

With the shoe’s style and architecture defined, the painstaking task of hand-cutting the leather begins. Each piece-cut to spec-follows the pattern of a paper scale model. Precision is required, and that precision comes with time, through the skill of a master craftsman.

4. Assembling

Like a jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces of the shoes are now assembled. Expert artisans work the leathers around the last, assuring each shoe is a true, artistic iteration of the original model. The heel requires special attention. For the ‘G-Heel’, a special steel structure that follows the exact curves of the stiletto was used to anchor and stabilize the shoe, ensuring a resilient and balanced construction.

4. Assembling

Like a jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces of the shoes are now assembled. Expert artisans work the leathers around the last, assuring each shoe is a true, artistic iteration of the original model. The heel requires special attention. For the ‘G-Heel’, a special steel structure that follows the exact curves of the stiletto was used to anchor and stabilize the shoe, ensuring a resilient and balanced construction.

5. Quality check and packaging

It may not seem as compelling as the earlier stages, but this phase is what defines a luxury product. Each shoe is rigorously checked for any minor defects, whether in the leather or form. Even seemingly unperceivable flaws are flagged by an expert craftsman before a shoe can proceed to the final stage. Once approved through the control stage, the shoes, defined by their striking heels and bold colors, are then hand-wrapped in fabric bags and boxed. From here, each pair is shipped across the world to be enjoyed by Giuseppe Zanotti’s clients.

5. Quality check and packaging

It may not seem as compelling as the earlier stages, but this phase is what defines a luxury product. Each shoe is rigorously checked for any minor defects, whether in the leather or form. Even seemingly unperceivable flaws are flagged by an expert craftsman before a shoe can proceed to the final stage. Once approved through the control stage, the shoes, defined by their striking heels and bold colors, are then hand-wrapped in fabric bags and boxed. From here, each pair is shipped across the world to be enjoyed by Giuseppe Zanotti’s clients.

Read The “G-Heel” Sandal, A Special Capsule Collection For Giuseppe Zanotti Spring Summer 2018 here.

Read The “G-Heel” Sandal, A Special Capsule Collection For Giuseppe Zanotti Spring Summer 2018 here.

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