by TATYZ on May 16th, 2018

     Green or Eco-friendly products are products that do not harm the environment whether in their production, use or disposal. In other words, these products help preserve the environment by significantly reducing the pollution they could produce. Eco-friendly products can be made from scratch, or from recycled materials. This kind of product is easily recognizable as it is, in most cases, labelled as such.​
      The basic pack of  " green certification"  includes product  with following features: 

- free of toxic and hazardous substances to health and environment
-  product which a capable of natural decomposition
-  product made of materials and components from natural origin or product made exclusively from vegetal origin materials
- chromium  and PVC free products
- products made of materials and components from recycling
- products made in factories with decreased CO2 emission
- product and packaging made in environmentally sustained conditions.

   One of the  green certification organisation specialised in green footwear is Biocalce. ​

    Biocalce certification intend to ensures the comfort and quality, resistance and durability in footwear that only uses materials free from toxic substances for the user and environment. To obtain the Biocalce label the materials and products are subjected to a wide range of laboratory testes and have to accomplish the established specifications. The models should present considerable resistant levels, keep the breathability properties, not stain the feet and should be free of chemical substances that in certain amounts are harmful to skin
and environment.  For more information see: http://www.biocalce.org
   TATYZ footwear and bags are made from natural origin materials:  natural cotton, genuine leather. We do not use PVC , PU or plastic materials in our product. TATYZ packaging is "plastic bag free" as we use  cotton pull string  bags. All our product are made in small local factory in Northern Thailand.

by TATYZ on May 12th, 2018

     SOLE is a bottom part of a shoe  which is in contact with the ground​.  It  can be made from a variety of materials as as natural rubber, polyurethane, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds,  wood, natural leather.  Soles can be simple — a single material in a single layer — or they can be complex, with multiple structures or layers and materials ( for example, wood platform with rubber  or natural leather with top rubber). Sole is often called outsole.

    The main function of the outsole (sole) is to protect the sole of the foot and  provide traction as well as to reduce wear on the midsole thereby increasing the overall durability of the shoe.   

      There are 3 main requirements applied to qualities of the sole material.
  •      Flexibility 
       Shoe soles has to be flexible as feet  bend while walking.  This mainly applies to low heel shoes and  athletic shoes.  A runner, needs to have the shoe flex where the foot naturally flexes. Designers and sport researchers, similar to the design considerations for cushioning, must keep in mind the natural flex lines of the foot relative the specific need of the sport.​
  •     Traction
   The traction properties of a shoe sole , really a measure of the friction between the outsole and the walking surface, are directly related to the materials used in the outsoles construction as well as the pattern on the outsole. ​
  •     ​Durability
    While walking or running  in a shoe, the outsole wears away, due to friction. In particular the parts of the shoe that come into contact with the ground the most, wear away the fastest.   Researchers and designers must take into account the points of contact  in order to design outsoles that do not wear out to quickly. 

   The other important requirements are :

   Abrasion: Abrasion is the property related with the resistance that a material can addle, when it is subject to friction. 
   Adhesion: This property determines the strength of adhesion between two surfaces: upper/outsole. 
   Hardness: Hardness is an intrinsic property of materials and normally is determined in plastics and rubbers by means of durometers.
   Thickness: Thickness can be determined for leather, rubber and soles materials. It can vary greatly.
   Tear strength: Tear strength is the force required to tear a material.
  Cushioning and shock absorption: Cushioning and shock absorption are related with contact of footwear in ground during walking. This properties can be assessed in soles, insocks, midsoles.
   Water resistance: This property is related to the penetration
of water in footwear through sole. For soles made from leather is very important.
   Thermal Insulation: This property is important for soles, midsoles,  insoles in  winter boots. Thermal insulation is a measure of the rate at which heat passes through a material or through a series of layers of different materials.
    Heat and fire protection:Heat and fire protection of materials are related to its heat transmission heat and combustion properties.The properties of  sole materials and products when subjected to fire can be evaluated through contact with the flame to assess the combustion rate, extension and combustion time. 
   Slip resistance: Slip resistance is related to the coefficient of friction between soles and the floor in which the footwear it’s in use. 



by TATYZ on May 1st, 2018

      Patterns and prints can be applied to decorate  leather. This can be done via  embossing.  

    Embossing and debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs on leather or other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material.
    Embossing alters the surface of leather  by providing a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas.​ To achieve this, metal dies with engraved pattern  are used for embossing press.  A specific level of pressure is applied to the dies in order to squeeze the fibers of the leather, which results in a permanently raised area on the leather.
The three factors that need to be controlled during the embossing process are:
 - Pressure
 - Heat
 - Die depth

    Embossing used in conjunction with ink/dyes/ pigments , so that the raised area is coloured. When no ink is used , it's called a blind emboss.​

     Embossing involves a separate stage in the production process of leather. It requires a separate press run. In addition to being used as a design element, embossing can be used to hide natural leather small imperfections.


by TATYZ on April 13th, 2018

​     Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhides. It's a fibrous substance comprising a closely interwoven system of fibres that have natural elasticity.

    The process of changing the skin of animal into leather consists of three main stages:
  •    Preparation for tanning
  •    Tanning
  •    Finishing
    Hides and skins are brought to the tannery in a cured condition to prevent them from putrefaction.

    At the tannery skins are properly washed and cleaned. The next operations are fleshing, soaking, depilation. Fleshing consists in removing excess of flash and fat on the underside of the hide. The purpose of the soaking process is soften the hides and remove the salt dung and dirt adhering to them. Depilation  is a removal of the hair and epidermis. It may be done by liming or by using sodium sulphide  and other material of sulphide group when the preliminary  treatment is provided the skins are ready for a conventional tanning process.
   Tanning is  the series of processes by which the natural skins are converted into leather. The purpose of tanning process is to bring about changes of the skin properties preserving the hides from putrefaction.
  The tanning liquid is made with tanning extract from vegetable material or tannin may be extracted from minerals.
   There are several methods of tanning, each producing a special type of leather with special characteristics: vegetable tanning, chrome tanning, oil tanning, alum tanning, combination tanning. 

    Finishing operations are of great importance in transmitting a harsh stiff material into the beautiful finished leather we recognise in our product. The most important finishing processes are bleaching, stuffing, colouring, staking, fat-liquoring, sammying. 


by TATYZ on March 27th, 2018

    Leather is one of the oldest natural material known to human. Leather is a fibrous substance comprising a closely interwoven system of fibres that have natural elasticity. It's sold per square foot, and is called skins. There are several main  skins available: cowhide, calf, sheep/lamb, goat/kids, pigskin.

  Different types  of tanning process is used to turn hide to leather. Most hides have to be split because it is too thick to be used in any type of manufacturing.  Different coats (polymer or pigments)  can also be applied on  top surface  of the leather to achieve different finishes and looks ( patent leather, suede, embossed leather, etc)

     Leather is a very versatile material especially  for footwear due to its unique properties, the most important of them being tensility, strength, elongation, flexibility, ability to absorb and transmit  moisture, breathing and insulating qualities.

      Artificial  leather ( known as  faux leather, vegan Leather, PU Leather, PVC Leather, synthetic Leather)  is a material made by  human beings, mainly  with 2 layers: bottom  layer (usually textile or non-woven material) and Polyurethane, PVC  or other  surface.  PU leather is cheaper than genuine leather,  it  has a nice-looking finish, but is not as durable, as full-grain leather​. Artificial  leather doesn't have ability to breathe as well as absorb and transmit moisture from human skin,it lacks the natural elasticity  that why is not an ideal material for footwear. 

by TATYZ on March 8th, 2018

How to measure your feet:

1.The best time to measure is the afternoon or evening.  If you measure your feet in the morning, they will be smaller, which would give you the wrong size.

2. Choose flat and firm surface to stand on. Don't do it on a carpet or other soft surface.

3. Wear thin socks or stockings.  Only measure your feet while barefoot if you plan to wear shoes over your bare feet

4. The best position for accurate measurements is standing.  It will be easier if you have a friend present to trace your foot for you.

5. Put your foot on a piece of paper and  draw  the outline of your foot with a thin pen, keeping the pen straight.

6. Measure both feet. Most people's feet are slightly asymmetrical​.

7. Measure the longest distance from the heel to the tip of your big toe​ with a ruler.  Use shoe length chart  to find the number that corresponds to your shoe length.​

by TATYZ on March 3rd, 2018

   ​A court shoe (British English), or pump (American English), is a shoe with a low-cut front, the vamp, and originally without a fastening. 
    The term "pump" was first appeared in England in the 16 th century but it is the Americans who continue to use this word. The British term changed to court during 19 th century.
    The strapless pump made the leg look longer by not using a strap that cut across the instep.
    Pumps for women are usually heeled.
  The construction of  classic pumps is simple, using a whole-cut leather top with a low vamp​. 
The heeled pumps with vamp and quarters curved downwards on both sides of the upper to the soles is called D'Orsay.  The name Mary Jane  has been used to refer to  pumps with single bar or strap across instep. A sling-back is identified by the strap around the back of the heel. Peep toe pumps is classic pumps with open toes.
     T-strap pumps have two straps -across and along the instep. Ankle strap pumps have straps on the heel part of the shoe that  go across the ankle.  Pumps can have different style and shape heels including wedge heels and vented vamps  construction.

by TATYZ on March 1st, 2018

​   Shoe design is a complex process that starts from sketching future model of footwear. The shoe designer must start with determining  several things of future shoe model:
1. Type  of footwear for women/men/children ( sandals, moccasins, pumps, boots, etc)
2. Heel height  and its shape  (low, medium, high heel; block, stiletto, etc)
3. Shape of the shoe last toe (round, oval, pointed, almond-haped, etc)
4. Materials for upper, lining, sole and its texture (leather, textile, etc)
5. Actual design work based on  inspiration and foot structure (pattern lines to determine shoe details). 
6. Hardware and other decorations (bows, lacing, perforation, etc), types of  seams, edge finishing.


by TATYZ on February 27th, 2018

      Before you buy a pair of  any type of footwear (shoes, boots, sandals, etc),  learn few tricks that will help you to choose the great quality one which would last long.
1-5 - Check  the right and left half-pairs. They must be symmetrical. Length of the sole, height, etc. must be the same.
6 -7 Check the  quality of sole material and how well upper is  glued to the sole.
8- Check the toe stiffener. It must be strong to ensure keeping the shape of the shoe.
9- Check the  quality of upper and lining material and how well shoe details are stitched together. Remember, genuine leather unlike any synthetic material (for example, PU) are strong, breathable material with good stretchable ability which ensure great comfort while walking.

by TATYZ on February 26th, 2018

The whole process of making shoes can be divided into 8  steps:

1. Sketching the future design
2. Technical drawings and pattern making
3. Choosing the leather and other materials
4.Cutting out the details of the shoe model
5. Upper and lining stitching 
6. Lasting process using shoe lasts
7. Sole and heel attaching
​8. Quality control and packing.