His idea was to create an elegant and durable quality shoe. When company founder Heinrich Dinkelacker first opened the doors to his own shoe business in the tranquil town of Sindelfingen in 1879, he could hardly have imagined this would lay the foundations for a shoemaking tradition that would endure for centuries. To this day, Heinrich Dinkelacker's men's shoes still represent masterpieces of craftsmanship that meet the very highest of standards. Celebrate Heinrich Dinkelacker's 140th birthday with our very limited Silver Edition and secure one of these rare works of footwear art for a unique Kickstarter preferential price.
Elegant. Timeless. Exceptional. Since 1879, Heinrich Dinkelacker has been one of Germany’s oldest and most exclusive men’s shoe brands.
Slow fashion. Without haste. Today, as 140 years ago, only about 35 pairs of shoes are produced each day in the Budapest manufactory. 300 individual work steps are carried out by hand and the finest materials are selected according to the philosophy of ‘only the best of the best’; defining the difference between pricey and precious.
Iconic. Styles that have been in fashion for over 60 years and enjoy great popularity with the decision-makers in politics, business and show business meet modern shoe interpretations that are, needless to say, on the catwalks of international fashion shows.
Limited 140th Anniversary Silver Edition
For our anniversary collection we have concentrated on the finest of the best. The upper leather: dark blue Cordovan from Horween in Chicago. The sole: the finest Rendenbach leather from southern Germany. In addition, there is subtle silver detailing such as the characteristic nails in the sole or the brass toe tap. For the first time, the braided welt is also silver, adding a unique touch. The anniversary logo and anniversary lettering on the sole round off the distinctiveness of this special collection. Hand-punched welts. 300 work steps. Ten hours of pure craftsmanship per shoe. Slow fashion. There is no greater workmanship.
Each model in this strictly limited Special Edition will be delivered in a special edition box and bag with a certificate as of October 2019.
The Business Classic
Traditional Hungarian shoemaking and luxurious Horween Cordovan leather create a masterful combination in this sewn-welted men's shoe. The glossy Shell Cordovan is not only extremely supple, it also captivates with its high fat content and resulting water-repellent properties. The hard-wearing double sole made of Rendenbach leather, together with the set of six silver-colored nails and the brass toe tap, supports the sturdiness of this high-quality shoe. Made on the Luzern, an elegant last based on an English basic form. Characteristic features are the elongated basic shape and pointed tip, which together provide a comfortable G width.
The Casual Classic
For over 60 years, the Rio last with its rounded basic shape has been the backbone of the Heinrich Dinkelacker collection. The Cordovan upper leather transforms this traditional classic shoe into luxury footwear suitable for everyday use. Its traditional lyra perforations are complemented by the tried and tested triple sole, the tip of which is reinforced with a brass metal sole protector. Both this and the characteristic set of six nails are silver-colored, in keeping with this special edition. The Rio offers a G width.
The Silver Splendor
A glossy, silver, mirrored effect transforms this Rio into an extraordinary anniversary shoe. The premium calfskin leather has been meticulously hand-brushed by our master shoemakers to achieve this exquisite shine. The rich adornment on the upper edges and the beautifully shaped rosette on the toe cap underline the dynamic character of this famous men's shoe model. The robust triple sole is complemented with a set of six silver-colored nails and a brass tip. The model offers a G width.
The Extravagant Touch
A sewn-welted, full-brogue Derby with a special touch. Exquisite Shell Cordovan adorns the shaft, which is decorated with detailed lyra perforations. The highlight: a silver shimmer appears from beneath the decorative holes. Created by hand on the Rio last, its silver braided welt is particularly striking. Although typical for the Buda last, this braiding is now also available on the Rio as part of the Silver Edition. Such braided craftsmanship is still only available at Dinkelacker.
The robust triple sole promises durability and comfort thanks to the 66 silver-colored brass pins together with the integrated metal sole protector. This model has a comfortable G width.
Two pairs of shoelaces
Exclusive and limited key ring made of sterling silver in the shape of a classic Heinrich Dinkelacker shoe.
Support our Project with our anniversary pin
At first, the Silver Edition will only be available on Kickstarter. And this is the only place you will be able to benefit from the exceptional preferential price offered for these masterpieces of craftsmanship. Thanks to the Kickstarter campaign, sales, warehousing and retailer costs are eliminated. Only here and now are you able to save up to 44% . All orders that we receive for our Silver Edition shoes during this Kickstarter phase, we will of course honor and fulfill these orders. The limit on the number of certificates will be set at the end of the campaign.
For many, the cost of high-quality shoes may seem uncomfortable. However, premium shoes are worth the price – they boast high levels of wearing comfort and are significantly longer-lasting than their cheaper, mass-produced counterparts. When considered over the long term, purchasing quality shoes is actually easier on the wallet.
The Upper Leather – Shell Cordovan from Horween
The Chicago-based Horween tannery has been in business since 1905. Horween numbers among the oldest tanneries in the United States. Although working with all types of leathers, they are particularly well known for producing Shell Cordovan. The demand for this premium equine leather is much higher than the available supply. Fully-dyed and smooth as glass, Shell Cordovan becomes even more supple with age. It is virtually scuff-proof and highly water-repellent. It can take up to six months to produce. Horween is the world’s foremost provider of Shell Cordovan.
The Sole Leather – Highest Quality from Rendenbach
All around the world, the Rendenbach name is synonymous with premium leather soles and extraordinary wearing comfort. Founded by Johann Rendenbach Jr., Rendenbach has been producing top-quality leather soles since 1871. Only eight years separate the company histories of Dinkelacker and Rendenbach, with both representing traditions that have survived the ages. The company relies upon a famous, centuries-old production method: oak pit tanning. This special technique is not only environmentally friendly, but also guarantees unbeatable quality for Rendenbach soles.
Shoe construction has hardly changed since the 19th century. Up to 30 individual parts can be used to make a shoe. The most important are listed here:
The inner qualities of a shoe usually remain hidden. We, however, like to not only feel them, but also to make them visible. A big thank you to the Frauenhofer Institute for these impressive x-rays, which give an impression of what 168 nails in a shoe really look like.
Heinrich Dinkelacker is a regular guest on the worldwide fashion catwalks. An autonomous cooperation also exists with the Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons (Junya Watanabe x Heinrich Dinkelacker).
Risks and challenges
There are no risks involved. Depending on the success of the campaign, it may be that our master shoemakers in Budapest are faced with the challenge of producing additional shoes by October 2019. Remember: slow fashion! It is not possible to finish more than 25 pairs of shoes in a day. As such, there may be some slight delays should the campaign far exceed the numbers anticipated. The shoes will then be shipped as completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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