Done by Matea is devoted to individual self expression, high quality artisanal craftsmanship, and unique design aesthetics. Done by Matea shoes are special treats that are practical and wearable!
Each pair is ethically hand crafted by Matea Gluscevic, a shoemaker and designer now based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Matea is dedicated to sustainable making practices and employs a mindful approach to sustainability in her work.
Slow, Ethical, Sustainable
All shoes are completely made by hand by Matea, on a Made to Order basis. This means your shoes start getting made when you place your order and it usually takes 3-4 weeks to finish them. There are no sweatshops or factories involved in the construction of any items. Materials are selected with consideration of their aesthetic, sustainable as well as hardwearing properties, so your shoes will be able to last a lifetime.
Nearly all the materials used in Done by Matea shoes and packaging, are either biodegradable natural fibre, salvaged, recyclable, recycled or a combination. Studio waste is recycled where possible and all materials are sourced from Australian businesses. You can read more about the sustainability of each material here.
Meet the Maker,
Hi! I'm Matea Gluscevic (Mah-tay-ah Gloo-sh-ch-eh-vich).
I create your shoes!
I believe that finding a way to express our true selves outwardly is one of the most important things in leading a happy life. There are many ways we can express ourselves, and how we choose to adorn our body is one of the most tangible forms of self expression.
I became a shoemaker because it is a realm where aesthetics, functionality, creativity, problem solving and self expression all come together.
Footwear as a form of expression appeals to me as it is wearable and practical, however shoes can ALSO be beautiful standalone aesthetic objects, and I absolutely LOVE the moment when you finally get to put them on and bring them to life!
Rather than start a fashion label, or get items made overseas - as many brands do - I wanted to make every pair of shoes myself, and know that I am personally contributing to your journey of self expression. Originally based in Adelaide, SA - I began making and created Done by Matea in 2019 and now toward the end of 2021 I have relocated to Melbourne for the next stage of my journey!
By making everything myself, I can also ensure that my work is completely sustainable and ethical. Plus, my background in Visual Art, Sculpture, Product Design, Dental Tech, Fashion and Styling - has provided me with a diverse skills background and endless inspiration. I love experimenting with materials and developing new processes to create one-off bespoke footwear that doesn't exist anywhere else!
I like to think that Done by Matea shoes are for those of us who value authenticity within ourselves, what we wear, and the world that surrounds us. The one of a kind textures and silhouettes you’ll find here are not only created with authenticity, but also provide a glimpse into the rich world within you, the wearer.
Matea comes from a Croatian background and currently lives in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia.