Hardcore, but light-weight shoes, made real for someone special.
Founded in 1978 and sold in over 30 countries worldwide, bussola is a balanced play of tradition and evolution.
Traditional shoe making techniques allow us to make no comprises between quality, durability and design. With the addition of new materials and technologies, we are able to add the qualities of comfort and wearability to strong, ready to wear boots and shoes.
Emphasis on traditional craft techniques and wearability
We place emphasis in traditional shoe making techniques. We believe such techniques are irreplaceable in maintaining the structure and function of a high quality product. Though diverse modern manufacturing techniques have become available, we remain loyal to the tried and tested techniques relied on by shoemakers through the centuries.
Use unique technology to increase the comfort and mobility of our shoes.
Our research and development team focuses on applying new technology to improve upon traditional shoe making methods. The team implements new technology to improve the mechanical structure of bussola, improving foot shape and posture while ensuring each pair of bussola is comfortable and lightweight.
Our own technologies are instrumental in setting bussola apart from others. The technology of FlexMax™ and LightMax™, which is 60% lighter than ordinary rubber, provides flexibility and lightness to each pair of shoes. Antibacterial Shield™ provides the foot with a safe and hygienic environment.
Using the finest materials to make shoes
Each pair of bussola is made of genuine leather that is unique with its differences in texture and personality. We believe such leather can provide a luxurious finish and capture the spirit and personality of the experienced and well traveled men and women such as you.
In order to provide adequate support to the foot, PU foam material is used to form an ergonomically effective insole. Utilizing this sympathetic material, bussola is perfect for you to explore the world.
Filled with personality
Our design team comes from Spain. With years of experience and the passion typical of our homeland, our designers bring a distinctive character to bussola. While keeping an eye on fashion and the latest trends, we retain our own personality and flair.
Every bussola is designed with time honored craft techniques and the finest materials to preserve quality, comfort and texture.
Goodyear Welted is a traditional English method used in the production of quality handmade shoes. The midsole, outsole and uppers are stitched tightly together to create a shoe renowned for its strength, durability and comfort.
After a period of continuous wearing, the sole will form to fit your foot, providing a perfect fit. In comparison with other construction methods, the Goodyear Welted production process requires more steps and materials, resulting in a stronger and more robust shoe.
Wherever possible, we replace traditional hard and heavy materials with modern soft and lightweight alternatives. In this way we are able to marry traditional strength and style with comfort and ease of use.
San Crispino / Stitch Down
San Crispino / Stitch Down is a traditional European shoe making technique, commonly used in the production of outdoor walking shoes and boots. Using a technique whereby the uppers are sewn together with the soles, this method produces lightweight and flexible shoes with exceptionally sturdy soles.
In 1837, it was discovered that by adding sulphur to rubber, it could withstand low winter temperatures while keeping its form, elasticity and tread. We have built on and improved upon Goodyear’s work, using vulcanized rubber outsoles alongside premium leather uppers and adding a portable PU foam insole for a comfortable and ergonomic fit.
In order to provide you with fine and durable bussola to accompany you on their travels, we choose only the best natural materials with a special emphasis on durability and quality.
We use soft yet firm calf leather. Each piece of calf leather can only make 3 to 5 pairs of shoes. Natural leather is soft, flexible and breathable. Only natural materials can offer feet this kind of comfort and breathability.
The special quality of each piece of leather gives every pair of shoes an unique personality.
In order to provide the consumer with a hygienic and healthy product, each bussola is given an antibacterial mildew treatment.
Further promoting good foot health, organic cotton provides a gentle and warm touch, is sweat absorbent and fast drying.
Natural rubber provides a good non-slip tread while its anti abrasive qualities extend the life of the shoe.
Caring for the Environment
Mindful of its place in our beautiful world, we adopt environmentally friendly materials to provide you with fashionable and eco-friendly shoes
A wide range of environmentally friendly materials have been chosen to reduce impact on the environment, including recycled PET inside the shoes and recycled leather and wood on the heels.
We choose the cotton from environmentally-friendly farming. Cotton fields must have been fallow for at least three years, and have stopped the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or defoliants. No fungicides may be used on the cotton seeds, using natural farming methods to keep bugs away. The cotton production process also does not use chemicals which may cause environmental pollution.
Caring for the Employees
The work environment is certified by the BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), and meets ILO (International Labour Organization) standards, as well as other important international regulations and the Charter of the United Nations. We are also ISO certified (ISO9001:2008). We aim to continue to improve the environment in the workplace.
Safe working environment
✵ We use material that does not affect the health of employees. For example, benzene glue and water-based glue is used to replace the traditional harmful viscose
✵ We provide protective equipment. For example, goggles and masks.
✵ Staff safety is the most important consideration in the design of equipment and tools.
Salary and benefits superior to local regulations
✵ Our working hours comply with government regulations.
✵ We have a good leave system.
✵ Full Labor Insurance is given to workers.
✵ The staff are all experienced in making footwear, they work in a safe working environment and are offered a good and stable salary and benefits.