A Guide To Guidi Footwear
Guidi’s distinctive footwear isn’t only characterised by its supple look and unique colouring, but also by an approach that fuses traditional shoemaking heritage with a contemporary outlook. What started as family run tannery in 1896 nestled in Pescia, Tuscany has become the go-to for fashion’s discerning avant-garde.
Central to Guidi is the notion of recreating traditional worker’s shoes with a fresh approach. Imperfection and the individuality of each shoe is as vital as the exacting processes each pair go through to result in a singularly Guidi outcome.
Guidi footwear is object dyed, key to the pliant look and feel of the brand’s boots. The process ensures that each piece emerges from the drum in entirely the same colour. This subtle but signature characteristic can only be achieved by dyeing each pair as an assembled object, differentiating from other footwear brands whose uppers and soles are constructed at different sites.
Each pair of Guidi soles are adorned with a stacked leather heel, which not only gives their wearer a flattering lift but is testament to the brand’s dedication to timeless artisan techniques. Another antiquated technique used to create the brand’s distinguishing pieces is the Goodyear welt. The sole is stitched to a band of material as opposed to directly to the upper, providing added longevity as soles are easier to replace.
“What started as family run tannery in 1896 nestled in Pescia, Tuscany has become the go to for fashion’s discerning avant garde”
Fundamental to the quality of Guidi footwear is its localised production process. The life of a Guidi boot begins at the tannery, where hides are sculpted into patterns and assembled in a factory a stone’s throw away. Once the flat pattern is given its three dimensional form in the factory, the shoe is returned to the tannery where it is given its vibrant wash of colour by carefully hand mixed dye.
An amalgamation of evolved worker’s shoe lasts, stacked leather heels and alluring statement zips, the brand’s colourful washed pieces have inhabited a new space altogether between artisan, heritage and a forward thinking approach.
“Fundamental to the quality of Guidi footwear is its localised production process”
The 788 Back Zip
With a rounded toe, flattering stacked heel, and calf-high rippled throat the 788 is as utilitarian as it is alluring.
The M88 Back Zip
The M88 features a raised stacked leather heel and a slightly longer throat than the the 788 - its most distinctive feature is its extended back zip.
3006FZ Front Zip
The 3006FZ gives its wearer an elongated silhouette with its stacked leather high heel and shorter throat. Its front zip is not only utilitarian, but also statement.
210 Front Zip
An understated utilitarian ankle boot with a rippled throat, lower heel and extended front zip.
PL2 Front Zip
The PL2 has a typically more robust toe, structured last and a generous stacked heel with an ankle hugging throat.