Working on the shop floor:
Our custom-made medical supplies are produced in one of the most modern, well-equipped work shops throughout Vienna and
Our skilled and trained staff manufacture your medical supplies with care and expertise.
We work with high-quality, malleable thermoplastic materials, many of which were originally used in dentistry. We put much value on the light-weight quality of our finished products.
For this reason we use national as well as international suppliers (England, Germany and Slovenia). Natural materials (vegetable-tanned leather) are, of course, a big concern of ours!
When buying raw and auxiliary materials, one of our core requirements is that the tested materials are certified. Our business has been awarded the ISO-9001:2001 and the ISO-9001:2008 certificates.
Our staff receive regular further training, which ensures their high competency in every area of orthopaedic shoe technology.
Exclusively bespoke manufactures
We are proud to manufacture only wholly custom-made products. Our company does not buy finished and half finished products, such as shoe uppers. And we are proud to be able to produce EVERYTHING in house for our customers!
Among our medical supplies are orthopaedic bespoke shoes, of which our customers have a choice regarding the colour, design, closure system and sole construction. We have a model catalogue with more than 300 shoe models available for our customers, but even here your personal wishes can be accommodated -- for example, we can add leather combinations or decorative stitching.
As a special service we offer our customers to bring photos of their favourite shoes, based on which we produce new orthopaedic shoes (always with consideration to the medical diagnosis and the manufacturing regulations of the medical insurance companies).
Insoles, too, are produced individually for our customers, to best fit their special requirements. No matter whether they are insoles for street or sports shoes, proprioceptive or podological inserts. We are also your first point of call regarding the new method of Active-Dynamic Insoles.
Shoe adaptions are alterations of regular ready-made shoes or comfort shoes, such as leg length adjustments, upper reinforcements to stabilise the ankle joint, buffer heels for knee-, hip-, and back pain.
On the shop floor we precisely analyse the measurements and footprints in form of a static foot impression, a dynamic gait analysis, as well as of foam- and cast prints. We then confer these results to the lasts or insoles with consideration to the characteristics of the foot in motion.
Applying medical findings
The basic shoe last is created by pouring the plaster for the shoe upper, which is then corrected with consideration to the physical ailment of the patient, the medical diagnosis, the perpendicular in static and motion, as well as the measurements which were taken during the first fitting.
It is our mission to apply medical findings while satisfying the aesthetic wishes of the customer.
Individual padded innersoles with reinforcements
Now the duplicated or padded footbeds are attached to the finished last, after they have been individually manufactured to contain reinforcements, padding, or buffers. Our orthopaedic shoemaker will now sand the footbed to determine the height of the heel as well as the form of the outer sole.
We translate our patterns with care
The shoe is modelled by creating a basic pattern based on the foot measures and foot position.
The patterns needed to tailor the different uppers are carefully separated, and additional cushioning, fancy stitchings, eyelets, etc. are added to the individual finished leather parts.
Next, the parts are lined with vegetable tanned calfskin. We hand cut our carefully selected leather with the utmost precision. Finally, the single leather parts of the shoe upper are put and stitched together to form the finished upper.
The "lasting" of the shoe
The uppers are carefully fitted over the last, to which the innersole as well as the leather insole have already been attached. In the shoemaking process, this is called "lasting".
Next, the orthopaedic shoemaker adds reinforcements to the these parts of the upper, which are also known as toe cap, quarter, and throat line.
After this step, the final look of the orthopaedic bespoke shoes has been determined. The following step is called "making". It is possible to make shoes using different techniques: they can be glued, hobnailed, double stitched, welt stitched, California-type stitched. A steel spring, filler, or carbon fibre fortification may be attached to the downside of the inner sole, which is then firmly attached to the shoe.
Depending on the customer's wishes and the orthopaedic situation, particulars such as a midsole, heel or wedge heel, ball-of-the-foot pads, heel pads, or buffer heels may be added.
The making of the shoe requires high skill and in-depth knowledge, since the shoemaker has to consider the statics as well as the functionality of the muscoskeletal system in motion. Trimming ensures the breadth and form of the heel and sole around the forefoot. After a special treatment has been applied to the trimmed edges and they have been allowed to dry, the shoe may be "unlasted": the plaster cast model (last) is removed from the almost finished shoe.
Finishing and final checks
Next is the finish: if necessary, the footbeds are cushioned and lined with a delicate vegetable tanned leather. Polishing and waxing the shoe for the first time are as much part of this production step as is the final check.
Finally, all production steps are checked once again and the shoes are released according to the norms ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 9001:2008.