Made-to-Order Footwear

Each pair of Done by Matea shoes starts their journey when you place your order. You will first be contacted via phone or email to confirm details of your order, then I'll start making your shoes, and from there it takes approximately 3 weeks for your shoes to be ready to pick up or post out.
Follow the journey from when you place your order, to finishing.

pattern making

First, a shoe last in your size is selected and a new pattern is made if necessary.

Materials are also selected at this point. All Done by Matea materials are selected with their aesthetics, wearability and sustainability in mind. Leathers are either sustainable biodegradable vegetable tanned leathers, or high quality salvaged surplus stock.

cutting and skiving

Pattern pieces are then individually cut by hand, also known as clicking, from the chosen leathers and materials using shears. Any edges that require folding are be thinned out by hand using a skiving knife.

No pre-made components are used in the construction of Done by Matea footwear - everything is made from scratch, so it's sure to be just right for you.


Uppers and linings are carefully positioned and then sewn together on a specialised leather post sewing machine - a process known as "closing". With some styles there may be details that are done by hand, using thick leather needles and waxed thread.

Any extra details such as eyelets or rivets are added at this point, using manual punches and mallets. Insoles are also cut to size from veg tan leather and embossed with the Done by Matea logo using a branding iron.


The sewn uppers and linings are then lasted by hand using traditional lasting pincers, tacks and adhesive. Lasting is the process of pulling the leather across the last, to achieve the moulded shoe shape. This can be a very time consuming part of the process, with veg tan leathers requiring additional wetting and drying time to mould perfectly to the last form.

attaching the sole

Soling is then cut to size and attached with adhesive using a high pressure manual press to create a super strong bond. In some cases solid brass tacks are used with leather soling.

Some styles like boots are Blake stitched - binding the insole to the sole with strong thread, using a specialised Blake stitching sewing machine. 


Finally, all the edges are finished carefully by hand and uppers are treated with the Done by Matea handmade conditioner.


Your shoes are then given a final check over and packaged in custom printed and sewn organic cotton dust bags and boxes, ready for you to take home and wear! 

Traditional construction methods create character and will result in slight variations between end products.