All of our shoes are handmade using well-renowned techniques like Hand Welting (also called Goodyear Welted) or Blake Constructions to give them a refined appearance, increased durability, and long-lasting comfort. They’re best in terms of quality and made using only the finest materials, and eventually, become an exciting purchase for the shoe enthusiast.
A well-crafted, Hand-welted shoe is like no other. Each pair of BLKBRD shoes takes more than 40 hrs in making, going through 100+ different operations and passing through the hands of 12 craftsmen before being packed and shipped to you.
Hand-welted shoes are fully-resolable and can last several years if maintained with proper care.
BLKBRD as a brand, is dedicated to dressing men and women around the world in the highest quality footwear and at the same time educating our customers about traditionally and sustainably made shoes using all-natural materials and true handcrafting skills.
We aspire to let the world know about the true Indian shoe-making capabilities and promote Indian craftsmanship at par with the levels of English and Italian quality and artistry.
WHAT DEFINES US?
BLKBRD Shoes are hand-crafted by some of the highly skilled artisans with over 25 years of experience and mastered skills in traditional shoe making. Most of them are second or third generation shoemakers, with their veteran shoemaker fathers passing on this craft to them.
We call our craftsmen, the Journeymen, since their craft is only because of the experience and skills they have acquired during their journey through life. And since skill is not acquired in a day but over a lifetime, our shoes are only because these accomplished journeymen are.
We believe that the shoemaking craft is a great trade. We have made it our mission to contribute to its preservation and promote standards of both Indian craftsmanship and the craftsmen themselves by paying them more than the Industry standards.
Hand-welted shoes enjoy a long history but are losing their visibility with many premium brands and retailers misleading the consumers by branding non hand-grade shoes as Handcrafted shoes and charging a premium for a lower quality shoe.
Hence, we at BLKBRD, thrive to give true shoe enthusiasts an honest and attainable alternative. By completely circumventing the traditional wholesale channel and engaging with customers directly, we are able to offer a world-class product without a premium price.