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The Catu is inspired by both European and Asian historic illustrations and most recently, the classic Spanish menorquina from the beautiful Balearic islands has made this a warm weather staple. A slight open toe to allow an airiness while being decidedly unfussy.

This style features a removeable insert.  The foam layer can be removed/replaced for a wider fitting shoe (we suggest to glue down the leather layer).

Our new method of shoemaking has a double layer stitched back seam to provide heel structure without gripping the ankle. 

Made with our own olive leaf tanned cow leather from the Northern Spain.

These shoes are hand cut and hand dyed, so variations are usual and we believe add to the uniqueness of a handmade shoe.

To see The Catu in other leathers, see here


Character: This is veg tan cow leather made especially for us.  Like a favorite sweatshirt, this leather is thick and supple with a smooth surface.

Care: We suggest saddle soap for cleaning and a cream based leather conditioner from a local cobbler is best to keep leather strong.  Make sure to test a small area first.

Provenance: This leather is from a tannery in the northern Pamplona region of Spain.  The hides are sourced from just 5 hours away in Asturias to minimize salt and water usage.  The tannery is fully audited and Gold Rated against LWG standards.

The tannin solution used is formulated in Germany by OlivenLeder, olive leaf waste from European olive oil industry.  The tannin is metal free and synthetic/crude-oil free, 100% biobased content.  Dermatest rated Excellent, CradletoCradle certified Gold, and Platinum rating for Material Health.

There are inherent variations in natural leathers, handmade manufacturing, and local sourcing.  Color and texture variations can vary within the same hide.  Different monitors can also display colors differently.  You may indicate any preferences in tone or texture in the Notes to Shoemaker section if you are looking for something specific so we can do our best to accomodate.

For our other leathers, check out our Current Leather offerings here

Our insoles are cut from a thicker vegetable tanned leather than typical shoes to help with breathability and shock absorption. 

The midsole, which serves as the chassis for a shoe, is also made of a vegetable tanned soling leather sourced from the US and Spain (we never use the typical factory cardboard).  The material is also ideal for bacteria and odor prevention and great shock absorption. 

Between the soles is a layer of cork.

Our soles are sourced from a family run sole manufacturer in Portugal in an area reknowned as one of the shoemaking capitals in Europe. Our soles and heels are made of Italian vegetable tanned leather. The heels are stacked leather or wood, no hollow plastic core heels, and rubber slip resistance.  

We manufacture in Europe so have highest standards in glue safety, toulene free.

Makers: Our shoemakers are the absolute heart of our work. Handmade to order shoes require a deep understanding of the leather as it is being stretched and formed around the mold, of patterns and materials.  Read more on our small and wonderful team of craftsmen here.


Most people wear a varied range of sizes amongst brands.
Please refer to the size suggestion in the listing of the shoe (BELOW the size selector).
FOR ROUNDTOES AND MULES: the LARGEST of your size range amongst other brands is recommended
FOR ALMOND TOE SHOES: the USUAL size you wear amongst other brands is best
Your size range typically gives insight to the needs of your feet.  For example, your smallest size typically indicates your length, while the largest size you wear can give insight to the movement or volume of your feet.
Our size recommendations by style are guided by the pattern of the shoe and what keeps them most comfortable and secure.
***EU size/ US size/ UK Size/Length of insole***
35EU/5-5.5US/2.5-3UK/up to 231mm
36EU/6US/3.5-4UKUK/up to 236mm
37EU/6.5-7US/4.5-5UK/up to 244mm
38EU/7.5US/5.5-6UK/up to 249mm
39EU/8-8.5US/6.5-7UK/up to 257mm
40EU/9-9.5US/7.5-8UK/up to 266mm
41EU/10-10.5US/8.5-9UK/up to 271mm
42EU/11-11.5US/9.5-10UK/up to 279mm
43EU/10-10.4US MENS/9.5-10UK
44EU/11-11.5US MENS/10.5-11UK
45EU/12US MENS/11.5UK
46EU/13US MENS/12.5UK
To be honest, the length measurement is not truly the best indicator of your shoe size as each foot has such 3dimensional needs.

Please keep in mind that handmade shoes and bags takes hours and hours of physical labor. With that in mind, shoes and bags can be returned or exchanged within 14 days of receipt in original condition.
Please don't order multiples simply to find your size as each is handmade to order.
Shoe fittings should be done on carpet or a towel.
As stated in our shop policies, shipping is non-refundable and sale items are FINAL SALE, but exchanges are always shipped to you for free for full priced shoes.
Store credits are always issued with shipping fully credited for your next purchase.
Any return shipments should be insured and tracked.

Current Shoemaking Time : please refer to the banner heading on the website

US orders: All US orders are shipped to you from the US.  No duties or additional taxes are due.

EU orders: All EU orders are shipped to you from Spain.  VAT is paid upon order and no tarriffs are due.

NON EU International shipments: Customs fees, duties, and return shipping are the responsibility of the purchaser and the amount and collection is at the discretion of your home country.  European countries outside the EU zone will have their shoes ship from Spain.  If you fail to pay the customs fees to your country's customs office, we reserve the right to subtract the additional shipping to receive the goods back from your local customs office.

Returns outside the EU or USA should be returned back to USA.

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