It all began in 1945, the year in which Manuel de Almeida Jorge, master craftsman in footwear, started producing Mariano quality shoes in the small village of São João da Madeira, the heart of traditional Portuguese footwear. His creations would soon earn renown across the country, both for the quality of the craftmanship and their contemporary design.
More than 70 years have passed since Manuel started out and his original workshop has grown apace with the growth of the brand. Still working from the original site at Rua Jaime Afreixo, Mariano now produces footwear which reach discerning customers around the world.
Manuel’s family, now into their 4th generation, keeps his artisan spirit alive by staying true to his commitment to produce high quality, handcrafted footwear.
We are passionate about shoes. We think about you, the customer – your comfort, your elegance, your individuality. From conception to design and beyond, skilled and gifted hands transform dreams into masterpieces, one pair at a time. From cut to shine, our shoes are entirely handmade. Each pair of Mariano shoes tells a personal story.
We are a traditional firm with the future in mind.
We believe in sustainable and eco-friendly solutions to time-valued practices. We use products with minimal environmental impact in our creations as well as packaging made from recycled materials. Your Mariano masterpieces can be restored to their original state, thus reducing further their environmental impact by avoiding an unnecessary early demise ending in landfill.
At Mariano, Portuguese traditional craftmanship meets with innovation - one pair at a time.
Our artisans hand-cut each piece using only the highest quality leather from the most reputable eco-friendly tanneries.
This stage involves several highly skilled and delicate operations such as hand sewing, machine stitching and crafting perforated patterning for our brogues.
Here, experienced hands apply the carefully closed upper to our crafted sole and layered heel, through an exact number of stitches to give maximum strength to the shoe.
True to the spirit of Mariano, all leather soles are manufactured and assembled by our craftsmen. For rubber soles we select the best manufacturers worldwide.
This is where it all comes together. The colourist’s patina is applied and each shoe is carefully finished and meticulously inspected. An individually crafted masterpiece is born.