Mara Bini presents the new Capsule Collection Tripon: it is a continuous sporting item, a mix of comfort, thanks to the slip lasting method, and quality, thanks to the precious leathers like the Tripon leather.

The slip lasting method is a special process that makes the shoe comfortable and flexible, in fact, thanks to this processing are excluded all the rigid components from the shoe.

Moreover, the side zip closure offers a more comfortable and easy use of the shoe, while the medium-sized heel gives a touch of elegance and refinement that does not affect the excellent wearability of these new models.

The Tripon leather, however, is made up of small but selected top-quality leathers of Mexican little goats.

Through slip lasting method combined with the use of Tripon leather, Mara Bini gives the shoes of the Capsule Tripon collection shine, elegance, lightness and the certainty of wearing a fine and fashionable shoe.

Have you ever heard of the “Cioppine”?

In this article we will tell you the story of the ancient Venetian shoes: the cioppine.

In the twelfth century in Venice the shoemakers gathered in guilds called “Caleghèri” and “Zavateri” which also included the category of “Solarii”, ie those who produced the soles for shoes, and the category of “Patitari”, who instead produced the hooves called “Socchi” or “zanghe” with a wooden or cork sole.

With the influence of the various Oriental – Byzantine and Ottoman – Chinese styles, due to the many commercial exchanges that affected the Venice area, the shoes took new forms.

This is how the famous Venetian shoes were born: the Cioppine!

The cioppine were particular feminine shoes, equipped with a large wedge and used by all the ladies to walk around the streets of Venice.

Visitors from all over the world often made stops in Venice just to see the ladies wandering with the cioppine to the feet, shoes that made walking difficult.

The height of the wedge could even reach 50 cm and sometimes two helpers were needed to assist and help the lady get on shoes.

In this way they became a form of wealth index, the higher the wedge was, the more important the Lady was wearing it.

In this regard, the Venice Serenissima in the year 1430 issued a law that limited the height of the wedge to a normal size, about 8 cm.

But the law was completely ignored by all the people who continued to wear the cioppine.

In fact, even the Venetian husbands favored their use, since they limited the risk that their wives went around (because of the difficulty to walk on them) while they were out of town for work.

Even the ecclesiastical authorities approved them because these shoes, which limited the movements, discouraged activities that were considered sinful for them, including dance.

The wedges were then covered with leather or velvet, and the fabric of the cioppine was often the same used then also for the dress.

The cioppine became fashionable also in Spain, France, England and even in China.

They were then banned after many women suffered abortions due to falls caused by the use of excessively high footwear.

There are shoes that, for better or for worse, have gone down in history, or in any case somehow remember its existence even in legends and stories.

How not to mention then, at the beginning, the god Mercury, Hermes correspondent of Greek mythology, and his winged shoes, the famous Talari. This attribute did not mean anything but his role as messenger of the Gods, and for this reason which representation would have been better if not the wings to sandals to send the messages as quickly as possible!

In China, starting from 900 AD until the first half of the twentieth century, that is for almost a thousand years, the practice for women to bandage their feet and to dress very small and narrow shoes was in vogue, since this, at the time, represented a symbol of purity and nobility . This is the so-called Golden Lotus or Golden Lilies, a poetic name used to describe this Chinese practice of artificial deformation of female feet. The reference to the flower that sways in the wind was in fact due to the oscillating gait that the feet so placed gave to the woman. According to legend, the practice of the Golden Lotus arose around 900 AD. from an imperial concubine. To get hold of the favor of the emperor, she had bandaged his feet with long bands of white silk and then danced the Dance of the moon on the Lotus flower.

In Krakow, on the other hand, there is an episode that binds a refined shoe, the noble foot that wore it and its imprint on a church stone. We are talking about the church of the Carmelite Fathers in Piasek, whose historical foundation is linked to the figures of Hedwig and Ladislao Jagellone, who commissioned the construction of the building at the end of the fourteenth century. According to a popular story in fact the wise and good Queen Hedwig went one day to the church still under construction. At a certain point, however, she realized that one of the masons who worked there had a very sad and resigned face. So the sovereign, always a gentle soul, worried about him and then learned that the worker’s sadness was due to the economic difficulties he was facing, especially because of the impossibility of buying the medicines necessary to make his seriously ill wife recover. Hedwig then did not hesitate any longer and decided to help him: he put her foot on a block of stone, untied the gold buckle from the shoe and gave it to the worker, aware that, by selling it, he would earn money needed. Once the queen had gone away, the man saw the imprint that her shoe had left on the still soft clay. Thus, in memory of the goodness and generosity of the sovereign, he has walled the block with the imprint of the shoe in the wall of the church with the date engraved: the year was 1390.

A curiosity about shoes with heels: unlike what you might think, it was not a woman to introduce them first in their shoe rack and show off with ease, but a man, the king of France Louis XIV, who, not being able to boast of a particularly important stature, sought remedy, or at least tried to do it, using this little help.

Another anecdote instead concerns the famous pianist and composer Fryderyk Chopin. The latter was invited to lunch by a rich shoemaker who, at the end of the meal, asked the master to sit at the piano saying: “just to show me how to do it”. So, in response, Chopin returned the invitation and after having lunch with the shoemaker, he brought a small table and all the shoemaker’s tools and asked the guest to make a shoe for him, starting with: “just to see how it’s done”.

The shoes were protagonists or co-stars on many famous films, magic shoes, which set up fashion or simply worn.

Let’s see together the eight most famous films in which shoes were a fundamental part of the plot.

  • MAGIC OF OZ: in the famous movie “The Wizard of Oz” inspired by the story told in the books “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” the protagonist Dorothy wears the magical red shoes that had the power to take her home or carry it wherever she wanted.
  • IN HER SHOES: the film “In Her Shoes” talks about two completely different sisters, who have no interest in common, apart from their great passion for shoes.
  • CENERENTOLA: the story of Cinderella in the film, in cardboard or in books we all know it. It is the classic story in which shoes are an essential part of history. Cinderella after a spell by the Fairy Godmother wears these magical crystal shoes. The shoes were then replicated by the big fashion names.
  • GREASE: in the last scenes of the movie “Grease” during the piece “You’re the one that I want” we can see the shoes worn by the protagonist Olivia, with which she turns off the cigarette in front of John Travolta. Red shoes with super heels then seen again on the catwalks.
  • PRETTY WOMAN: always used by the protagonist we see the very high knee boots with black zip closure. From there started the fashion of high-heeled boots up to the knee, fashion seen again on the catwalk in recent years.
  • MARIA ANTONIETTA: in Sofia Coppola’s film dedicated to Marie Antoinette you can see hundreds of shoes including the current and very famous All Star. Even the Royal people need comfort and simplicity.
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE 2: the film “Back to the Future 2” sees the protagonist Martin wearing the legendary Nike shoes that have the power to tie themselves up, be self-cleaning and also have the power to adapt to the number of feet. Shoes that Nike has currently produced.
  • THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: the film “The Devil wears Prada” is based on fashion. During the film you can see hundreds and hundreds of smoking hot shoes, all the shoes that every woman dreams of having in her own shoe rack.

The doubt that grips every woman is: how do I match the shoes with the bag?

In this article we will give you some tips to solve this dilemma.

Grandmothers and mothers have always set us as a rule that bags and shoes always go in color coordinated, but now this dogma still applies?

Do shoes and bags have to be combined?

They are combined in the case of particular colors or if we wear a patterned dress.

Or when we wear particularly colorful clothes and we want to use a neutral colored bag, therefore, the shoe will be combined with the same color of the bag to not make the “Arlecchino” effect look.

Or even when we wear a bag in pattern we can combine shoes of a color that is present in the bag and vice versa.

When are shoes and bags not coordinated?

When we wear a boring look, such as a little black dress, in this case bag and shoe of different shades can liven up the look with a bit of color.

Another example is when we wear a basic look, such as trousers and shirt or the classic jeans and shirt, in this case we make the look less foregone and personalized by wearing shoes and a bag of different colors.

Another point not to forget is: do we want to bet on the bag or on the shoe?

For example, if we want to enhance our look with a red bag, then you should wear shoes of the color of the outfit or neutral or in case we want to bet everything on our shoes, then should be used a neutral colored bag.

If our look is monochromatic we can use the technique of contrasting textures, same color but different material!

The last interesting point, which we see in the fashion of this moment, is to combine shoes and bags of pastel color even if they are different colors as pastel shades will make the look homogeneous.

What is the the slip lasting method?

The the slip lasting method is a process that allows the shoe maximum flexibility, ensuring comfort and lightness to the wearer.

By using the slip lasting method, all the rigid components used in all other processes are avoided.

Before seeing the completed footwear there are about 200 steps to be done to create the footwear.

The strong point of this processing is the flexibility of the shoe: it can in fact be fold easily, even just by keeping the shoe between thumb and forefinger.

But in the practical aspect, what does bag processing consist of?

The first step consists in the realization of a lining, which before being worked and joined to the upper, is sewn around the shape just like a sachet.

Then we move on to the stretch that we make on a heated form and beaten by hand by an expert craftsman.

A padded and breathable material will then be inserted between the lining and the sole to make the shoe more comfortable and shockproof.

The lining and the insole will then be sewn to the upper.

In this particular process the mounting slab is eliminated for greater softness thus creating a single body between the upper and the sole.

As the last step there is the particular seam called “Blake”, that is a seam that unites upper and sole through a double seam both inside and outside.

This process requires extreme precision in all its steps and in the realization and development of the models and in the junction phase with precise and constant skimming and stitching.

The slip lasting method contains softness, lightness and processing technique as synonymous quality, research of materials, style and elegance that identify a craft product.

We at Mara Bini create shoes with a unique style without forgetting the comfort and lightness that our customers look for in a shoe using this particular process, combining style and beauty with refined comfort using top quality materials.