Bruè bases its success on three aspects which set its products apart: the last, the production techniques, and the brogueing and incised patterning.
Great attention has always been paid to the realisation of the last, the beginning of every shoe. 80 years of experience in the lines and proportions of the last are immediately evident when you wear a Bruè shoe.
At the same time, Bruè has managed to preserve increasingly rare processes which make the shoes even more comfortable, particularly flexible and unique because of how they are “built”. The exclusive brogueing and incised patterning on the leather unmistakeably characterise the outer appearance of the shoe. Bruè has an archive of over 300 different patterns, greatly appreciated in the summer collections when particularly cool, lightweight shoes can be offered.
TUBULAR MOCCASIN The tubular process is characterised by the bagged shape of the vamp which is “closed” with the classic hand-stitching of the apron which makes the moccasin immediately recognisable. This construction gives the footwear of the Traveller, FastTrack and Walking Pillow lines particular lightness and flexibility. The range of models, the variety of super-soft materials, and the surprising colour palette make them the ultimate “car shoe”. Extremely comfortable yet with a jaunty, youthful confidence, tubular moccasins are the epitome of versatility: the winter versions are warm; the summer ones, cool. And they are perfect even with bare feet.
SPIN The upper is sewn inside out, directly onto the sole, without the use of glue and then turned by hand. The feature of this process, which has all but disappeared, is that the assembly of the sole and upper is carried out by simply stitching the two parts without using reinforcement or construction insoles that stiffen the structure. The result is a shoe with a leather or rubber sole, which is very soft and refined and which moulds incredibly well to the foot wearing it.
CALIFORNIA In this type of construction, the craftsman sews the upper to a very supple insole, thus creating a sort of “bag” into which the last is inserted. An outer strip is sewn around the edge of the insole and then turned down to cover the stitching (Strobel).
This construction gives extraordinary flexibility to the footwear, also rendering it soft and light.
AGO BOLOGNA The Bologna method is a handcrafted construction that begins with the creation of the upper and the characteristic “slip-lasting” technique. After a high-precision lasting process, the shoe is left to rest on the last for several days. The leather sole is then added, with a soft insole featuring the exclusive “memory effect” system that allows the shoe to return to its original form after any kind of deformation. The result is extreme flexibility, even in a formal shoe that is usually very stiff.
GOODYEAR The Goodyear construction is the most complex. Thanks to cooperation with the best master shoemakers, this type of construction is done exclusively by hand, respecting the original techniques. The welt, in very soft leather sewn by hand around the entire upper, is then sewn to the leather insole, also stitching through the upper and the lining. Afterwards, again by hand, the sole is also sewn.
By using a particular L-shaped welt, a space is created between the insole and the sole which is then filled with a cork mid-sole.
Toe caps and heel counters, that reinforce the toe and the heel, are leather and the shoes created adapt perfectly to the shape of the foot over time.
All phases of this process, from the cutting, to the stitching, to the assembly are done by hand.
Every shoe made in this way is unique and unmistakeable, and is unequalled for its wear over time.
To care for your shoes, Bruè has a created a kit of specific products particularly suited for restoring the uppers and caring and preserving leather shoes, enhancing the touch, shine and softness of the parts treated.
Before treating any kind of leather, the toughest dirt must be removed with a soft cloth or a brush.
FULL GRAIN LEATHER Creams are used to rehydrate the leather as moisture is lost through use and cleaning, restoring it to its original beauty and suppleness.
Pay particular attention to choosing the colour of the creams which must be as close as possible to that of the shoes being treated. Spread the cream with a sponge or wool cloth. Let it dry for a little while. Polish with a horsehair brush or with a soft cloth.
SUEDE This type of leather must be dry cleaned. In case of stubborn dirt, the upper can be gently washed. If there are spots, use the small suede board or brush. For more stubborn stains, very gently use the brass brush to avoid damaging the part treated. Once the shoe has been cleaned, it can be treated with a waterproofing and renewing spray for suede leathers.
PATENT LEATHER We recommend the use of special liquid products or sprays, but never oil-based because they could leave traces on the patent leather.
ALL SHOES If they are worn in the rain, let them dry naturally away from direct sunlight or sources of heat. Absorbent paper should be inserted so that the shoe retains its original shape. The most suitable treatment for the type of leather should be applied once dry.
We always recommend replacing the last in the shoes after they are cleaned.
Never wear them for several days, let them rest for as long as they were worn.