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I came into this game as a sneaker brand, that was back in 2011. When I started, I was manufacturing in China, learning the trade by observing production lines, getting my hands dirty, and literally working in factories on the line. I’ve had some great times in China, and actually, I owe a lot of my knowledge of shoemaking to some individuals in Wuhan (mainland) who let me live at their factory and learn firsthand the vulcanization process.
As Luigi Sardo progressed throughout the past 4 years, I decided to move production to Portugal to switch things up and target a new crowd of sneaker wearers. I’ve certainly matured since the old China days, and I find that a lot of my peers and people who appreciate sneakers are looking for better quality product.
Alas, I present Michele, the new low top sneaker releasing for Spring 2016. It’s designed to be worn barefoot, but can also be work comfortably with a sock. A soft suede lining allows for breath-ability during wear, combined with a suede upper for that spring-summer casual look. They’re made in Portugal, and are extremely comfortable. Check out the photos below for a look at the first sneaker I made in China (it’s been worn, don’t mind the dirt), compared to Michele from Portugal.