About the Designer and The Process
Like Jessica, J.J. Gray’s line of artisanal shoes embodies timelessness, craftsmanship and old world values. “Our shoes define us, perhaps too much so,” she says. As is the case with so many of life’s greatest treasures Perdomo found her shoes by accident. On a trip to the south of Spain, she met a family who had been making custom shoes for three generations, having perfected a last that is treated on all J.J. Gray shoes. The family sources its supple calfskin from local tanneries that do not use harsh chemicals to treat their hides, and cannot be found in the States.
Crafting Shoes Built to Last
In the rural pueblos of Andalusia,where the climate is dry, hot and rugged, Spanish cobblers have used a special leather to withstand the elements.
This special leather was so soft and supple that skins molded around the feet of peasants and farmers to create a snug, custom-like fit.
Stenciling each foot by hand, these cobblers perfected a system to create a last that could maximize the comfort of each shoe.
To further personalize the fit, they used high grade cushions and leather soles that formed to the contours of each foot over time.
We honor this tradition by collaborating with third generation artisans to create an exclusive line of shoes and riding boots that feature the same handcrafted precision, quality materials, streamlined features and modern pacing.