Proudly Italian made, Aquila shoes are constructed using a number of traditional methods. One we particularly love is the Sacchetto constructed shoe, used in Aquila Cale Blue and Russo Tan, amongst others.

Regular shoemaking usually requires an insole, glue and metal attachments. These separate elements require rigid fixing – all of which reduce flexibility and softness.

The core detail defining Sacchetto shoes is the construction of a self-contained lining envelope. Nappa leather is preferred for its naturally soft and supple feel – it practically wraps itself around the foot like a comfy slipper.

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Soft layers of leather are thoroughly stretched as they're stitched together, ensuring they maintain elasticity and keep the shape of the shoe perfectly. This creates the Sacchetto lining envelope with minimal fixtures or seams. A shock-absorbing layer is then stitched – without the restriction of rigid glue – between this lining envelope and the sole.

The result is a shoe that's undeniably comfortable to wear. Hidden stitching means no irritating seams against the foot. Light and flexible, Sacchetto shoes allow for a more natural foot movement, making them ideal for walking or wearing for long hours. Breathability is also a benefit of having no synthetic insole fabrics or glues in contact with the foot.

A core system in footwear construction for thousands of years the Sacchetto method can be used in a variety of shoe styles from boots to slip ons. Aquila's Roddick Black is a great example. With this smart Chelsea Boot we've made the most of the Sacchetto construction method to create a boot that has a casual charm and is incredibly comfortable.