To develop a new model, the design team works together with trend experts from the industry. The colors, materials and shapes are always selected by the collection team with a view of the Solidus philosophy and they are carefully checked.
Once the design modeler has a precise idea of how the new shoe should look, he will sketch it on an upper template. Upper templates are created using a last and a press. The last is placed in a press and a thin plastic sheet is inserted into a thermoforming unit. The plastic sheet is heated and molded across the last. Once the finished upper template has cooled, it can be used as the basis for design sketches.
Once the design has been sketched out, the outlines are copied to create a basic model which is refined even further by the technical modeler. This basic model is then digitized by the CAD department, and the individual templates are cut on the paper cutting table. The necessary information and instructions are then compiled and passed on to production.
Paper templates are used to create the punching knife for production. After the tools have been completed, all the leather parts are punched out. The leather parts are carefully stitched together in the stitching workshop.
The assembly department is where the uppers are joined to the soles. Solidus uses 2 different types of shoe construction. The inner sole is attached to the last. The upper is placed on the last and glued together in the area of the forefoot (the tip) and stapled in the area of the back foot (small nails). This type of construction is used in very robust shoes and in all shoes with separate heels. In shoes constructed using the Strobel seam the upper is sewn to the insole. A last is then slid into the upper. This type of construction is used for very flexible shoes, particularly the sporty models
To glue the (outer) sole to the shoe, the underside of the shoe is roughened and covered with glue. The shoe is then pressed on the sole and the last is removed.
Depending on the model, the materials are given their final finish. The Solidus insoles are slipped inside and the shoe quality is checked.
The shoes now set out to make the rounds at trade fairs and among the dealers. Only shoes which have really interested the dealers, the design team and the final customers will go into production to make up the new season’s collection.