About Portugal Shoes
Placing people & the planet first
We should probably start telling our story.
During his years working in the fashion industry, Paulo Silva, the founder of Portugal Shoes, acquired a huge know-how and a large network of shoe manufacturers in Portugal.
Among this time, he understood that many international shoe brands were facing big challenges. Placing the production at the right factories, that could give attention to the brands requirements and needs was a very difficult task.
“This needed to be solved! Brands needed help, they were asking for it, and I had the key to the solution. We ensure high quality and flexibility at fair price with no social hazards.”
Paulo Silva, CEO & Founder
In 1999 Paulo Silva, created Portugal Shoes, a business from Absolutarget group. The company’s headquarters are based in Felgueiras, a small town near Porto in the north of Portugal, worldwide recognized as the heart of top-quality shoemaking. There, we have been working on the “behind the scenes” for many well-known international fashion brands for more than 20 years.
Initially, the main goal of Paulo Silva was to help and support footwear fashion brands placing their productions in Portugal factories. However, quickly he understood that Portugal Shoes, would be much more than a manufacturer assistant.
Since day one Portugal Shoes team is committed to look for what each fashion brand need and expect with high-quality standards giving attention to every detail. At Portugal Shoes we know that each brand we work with has its own story and people, and we are the right partner to help them turn their ideas into reality.
“Today the efforts are not only in assisting our clients to navigate the fashion industry, but also in changing the industry through sustainability and transparency following it transitions.”
Paulo Silva, CEO & Founder
By choosing Portugal Shoes, you are making an active choice that respects people and our planet. Our people and partners believe in:
Our company believes in long term relationships, based on transparency, respect cooperation and knowledge sharing.
Sustainability & Transparency
We’ve set goals to reduce the impact we have on the planet and we’re always looking for new ways to get better. We follow all the UE guidelines and politics, such as fair-trade, ethical sourcing, health and safety, identifying and stopping child labour, and reducing modern-slavery risks.
We believe that honest people with strong moral principles can genarate amazing businesses.
Our team is always researching about new emergent trends, sustainable materials and new ways to provide effective solutions to our customers.
To begin working with us, you just need to contact us, sending your request about the project through this form or email. You send us your tech packs as well as the quantities per style color, price targets and deadline of the collection. Then, our commercial department will analyze the project to understand your vision, what the brand is looking for and how we can fulfill all your needs.
Our MOQ’s are usually 300 pairs per style/100 pairs per color.
A Tech pack is a framework for sharing your ideas in a structured way. Tech packs are illustrated designs and specifications of your shoe design. A tech pack is often required to obtain a quote from a manufacturer or agency, and to ensure that people understand how to make your design and its specifications.
Note: If you don’t have a tech pack, you can always send us physical samples from similar styles for what you want to produce.
Usually, the project timeline is 5-6 months (Development and Sampling process: 6-10 weeks; Production: 8-14 weeks).
We can source all type of materials for shoe development, sustainable and vegan materials included, for examples: apple leather, piñatex, cactus leather, grape leather, etc. See here some of the innovative options.
We can make any customized packaging based on the customer requirements, if you send us color, size, logo, materials, etc.
Yes! We have an internal team dedicated to the quality control of all the stages of the process. Every material is inspected before and after any procedure. Our quality controller team will measure, check flaws, test quality, functionality, comfort, durability, and any other important detail for you.
We work with several transport companies with land, air, and sea shipments, in order to send the collection to any destination in the world. For each place we have references to provide you the best solutions.