by Tisha Leung
A 250-step process, Sendra crafts their boots today exactly how the Spanish brand started making them in 1913. Over the past 96 years, the Almansa-based label has outfitted the military, equestrians, farmers and the fashion crowd in their durable footwear—each boot built using Goodyear Welt construction.
Named for the inventor and son of Charles Goodyear, the double-stitch construction layers soft cork injected between the sole and the insole, which enables the shoe to adapt to the wearerâ€™s foot and remains forever embedded that way. The company is one of only 30 manufacturers worldwide that produces boots this way.
Using leather only from breeding stations approved by the International Trade Agreement of Threatened Wild Species, the environmentally-sensitive brand also responsibly recycles remnants from the manufacturing process.
Boots range from $400-595 and shoes run $350 and $450. Find Sendra at Jildor Shoes and Allens Boots, and stay tuned for the launch of their U.S. online shop in 2010.