Our production process has its origins in Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and the Euphrates, and the enchantingly traditional nature of production has changed little with time. We’ve brought the design forward a century or two and we’ve added small elements to make the shoe suitable for modern living, such as a durable rubber sole, but to wear our shoes is to unmistakably journey in the shoes of another time and place.
Every hide is selected individually to ensure quality before being hand cut to size on our design template. Each individual piece is stitched before being stretched over a last (a foot-shaped mold) to give the shoe its distinctive Joab shape.
The soles, both inner and outer, are sourced from Central Asian water buffalo hide which provides a traditional strength and durability. This also means the shoe can be worn without socks. Every sole is hand stitched with two interwoven pieces of waxed cotton thread — an incredibly difficult process completed by talented craftsmen who are trained for years in this one specific task.
By virtue of the artisan production process, no two pairs of Joab shoes are exactly alike. There may occasionally be a small mark or crease on the leather, or a stitch out of place. Our leathers are, where possible, vegetable tanned in traditional tanneries, so colours can vary slightly from hide to hide, but for us, all of these things add to the imperfectly perfect charm of a pair of Joab shoes.