NOVESTA / UNIVERSAL WORKS Marathon Felt Trainer - PUMPKIN MULTICOLOUR
NOVESTA / UNIVERSAL WORKS Marathon Felt Trainer
Universal Works relationship with Novesta started in 2015.
Thinking they needed a more robust fabric to combat the winter, saw us develop a version in 'Burel‘. A fabric made using an ancient technique of felting wool from the mountains of Portugal. We had used the fabric previously in one of our garments, the Mountain Parka. Although looking like standard felt, 'Burel' is first woven before being felted making it more robust and resilient to the elements.
Introducing a new style for Winter, the Marathon. We found the silhouette when looking back into Novesta’s archives and found a running style trainer from the 70’s. As we have a few runners in the UW team this style had appeal. Most running trainers use technical fabrics so we thought this style would work well using an original 'technical' fabric, 'Burel' felt.
The appeal of Novesta and the reason we choose to collaborate with them was partly because of their manufacturing process. We visited Novesta earlier this year where they showed us the making process start to finish.
On a standard vulcanised shoe, the uppers are firstly glued to a rubber sole, with strips of rubber trim added around the outsole and then put in large ovens to bake to stick these two elements of the sole together and bond to the upper. On a Novesta shoe the upper is baked to the natural rubber sole with no glue, thereby forming a much longer lasting seal between the sole and the fabric uppers of the shoe and preventing cracking where the shoe bends because the sole is fully bonded to the upper. This signature process is evident by the blurred line between the rubber sole and upper giving a humble look but a high-quality finish. Novesta is also unusual in having no production line, instead each shoe is individually handled from start to finish.
Novesta runs a great factory and are genuine, nice people and we are always happy with the great shoes we make with them.