Recently our company has received the recognition as artisan workshop within the Fundación Centro Gallego de Artesanía y de Diseño.
This Foundation is a non-profit entity on the Dirección General de Comercio de la Consellería de Economía, Empleo e Industria de la Xunta de Galicia. Among its main tasks are the development of lines of research designed to specialize and improve processing techniques that improve the quality of artisanal products, as well as optimize the production process, since it is understood that innovation, design and quality are the bases with which the craftsmanship to survive.
The main purpose of the Foundation, created in 2003, is to provide the handicraft sector with a specialized infrastructure so that it can develop programs of assistance, training, innovation, cataloging, promotion, marketing and any other aspect inherent in the culture of trades in Galicia.
More information: Artesanía de Galicia.
The TV program España Directo of Televisión Española (TVE) carries out a video report about the trajectory of Calzados Losal, from its origins in 1.899 until today.
The report show how the shoes are manufactured step by step. You can see some of the 250 steps that the process has. All shoes are custom made, so each one is different.
As usual at this time, we present the handmade shoes that will be part of the spring-summer 2017 collection.
They are handmade men´s or women´s shoes made in Monforte de Lemos (Spain), and sewn by the Goodyear´s technique or double sewn. This manufacturing method allows us to ensure maximum comfort and a perfect finish.
In this collection we have included models of derby type, moccasins-loafers and oxford shoes, both for men and women; all made with the best raw materials.
To highlight the oxford model 2637-690 in brown crust leather (hand painted). This type of leather has the peculiarity that it is a natural leather without dying, and it is hand painted by our expert shoemakers, who achieve an unique and unrepeatable finish.
If something characterized the months of February and March for Calzados Losal is for the preparation and presentation of the next autumn-winter 2017/2018 collection.
Combining the tradition of more than 100 years of history with the adaptation to the new technological advances, we are able to prepare a whole new collection in a few weeks according to the fashions that run today.
Since always our company has opted for the integral manufacture in our facilities; that is why a Losal shoe, from its design to its delivery, is manufactured in our factory in Monforte de Lemos (Lugo – Spain).
As good shoemakers, our master designers have always adapted the new footwear fashions to our unique Goodyear´s manufacturing or double stitched, 100% handmade and very laborious.
The returnees of Cuba founded the first companies. The guild of shoes is 108 years old, when the first factories began to operate. After the disaster of the war of Cuba, emigrants and fighters on the Caribbean island returned to Monforte. Among them were the first industrialists who began to make footwear in series. This is the case of José López Rodríguez, founder of Losal and whose company is currently his great-grandson, which makes it the oldest in the city.
By the middle of the 20th century there were 22 factories and today only two are open.
The city of Cabe had, in the middle of the 20th century, a thriving shoe sector. 70 years ago, according to the newspaper library of the time, there were a total of 22 factories dedicated to making boots and shoes, but also 6 of traditional clog shoes, as many of cuts and stitches and 2 factories dedicated to tannery. In total, the number of jobs generated by this industrial activity, which was added by companies dedicated to the manufacture of tips and glues, was around 1,200. Today there are only 41.
The footwear left Monforte de Lemos with destination to all Spain to be recognized for its quality and durability, but the sector began to go less because many companies did not know to adapt to the new times, to what the market demanded.
Middle Ages. The scholar of the history of Monforte Felipe Aira points out that already in the Middle Ages there was a vigorous activity shoemaker in the city.
The result was that at the beginning of the 90´s, in Monforte only a dozen signatures worked, which were proposed, from the Xunta de Galicia, to join an investee company, an idea that did not fit.
At present, only two firms in the city are active, with a total of 41 employees.
One is Calzados Losal, with 17 workers, dedicated to the production of fashion footwear, handmade and with the technique of “Goodyear” sewing, own by Monforte. The other company is Curtidos Galaicos, with 24 employees and those years ago they decided to specialize in safety footwear.
The leaders of both companies, Gonzalo López Otero and Ovidio Pérez Reñones, respectively, do not hesitate to point out, as guilty of the dismantling of the sector, both the lack of modernization of the factories and the absence of a generational change.
Both of these issues have been taken up by these two factories, where the children of those responsible are already working and in which a gap has been made to new technologies.
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This winter our company has accepted a new challenge regarding the manufacture of custom-made shoes in special sizes.
A feat for a small company like ours, which in these 100 years of history had never manufactured a model in size 56.
These are two models, a monkstrap or 2 buckles in suede leather and a blucher shoe in black box calf leather. Large size custom shoes, according to a person who wears a size 56.
We work on request any model of shoe in our factory, for man or woman, in special sizes, whether large or small sizes. Our handcraft process allows us to adapt to almost any foot measures, ranging man sizes from 36 to 52, and woman sizes from 33 to 43.
For people with special needs in footwear, we offer a service of custom shoes by manufacturing an identical last to your foot, manufacturing shoes around that last that fits perfectly with the peculiarities of the customer.
We are delighted to have overcome the challenge of making shoes in a size as special as 56 and our customer can enjoy our models in large size, made by our craftsmen.
At Calzados Losal we are proud to manufacture high quality artisan shoes in a city as special as Monforte de Lemos, capital of the Ribeira Sacra.
Last Monday our company was invited by Town Hall of Sober (Lugo) and by the organizers of the “Faladoiro nos luns” to share with the people presents in the talk our experience as manufacturers of handmade shoes.
In this talk we had the opportunity to explain to all presents the processes that are made in the manufacture of a shoe, what our type of Goodyear´s manufacturing or double stitched is, as well as show some novelty of our next spring/summer 2016-2017 collection.
Last September we have received the visit of the TIC Foundation of Lugo, who made a video report about our history as manufacturers of handmade footwear.
In the report you can learn more details about our history, our process of manufacturing handmade shoes, the different stages of production, our plans for the future and other curious and interesting facts.
We facilitate the passage radio corresponding to our interview to Radio Galega, where important points of Calzados Losal as our tradition of manufacturers of artisan shoe, transmission from generation to generation of the good work of footwear, our presence in the international trade fair in Milan and other interesting facts or curious are discussed.