Catléia Shoes

I have to say I don’t like brown shoes. I may even go as far as to say I hate wearing brown shoes. But I recently had the chance to wear a pair of vintage brown shoes that were so beautiful that they almost changed my opinion of brown shoes. They were a pair of brown leather shoes made in Brazil, from the label Catléia.

Beautiful brown leather shoes by Catléia.

Beautiful brown vintage leather shoes by Catléia, made in Brazil.

I can’t find much information about Catléia shoes, so if anyone can shed any light on them, I would be most grateful. Catléia was a label from Brazil. I say was because I think this label went bust in December 1997. The only information I could find on Catléia is an address in Campo Bom, which is in the Southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the border with Uruguay.

I have read that leather from Latin America is one of the best in the world. From my very limited experience of leather products from this region, I have to agree. The Brazilian-made Catléia shoes I wore were of good quality with beautiful and detailed leatherwork on them.

Side view of the Catléia shoes that Shih Yen wore.

Side view of the Catléia shoes that Shih Yen wore.

I don’t think it’s possible to get Catléia shoes anymore. As a brand, they existed between the late 1960s and late 1990s. So, it seems that all the Catléia shoes in existence are now vintage. I can’t estimate the age of the Catléia shoes that I wore. If I had to guess, I would say between 20 – 30 years old. This attests to the quality of Catléia shoes that they have lasted so well for decades.



I don’t usually write about stuff that I don’t know much about, but I’m making an exception this month.

Shoefiti (kind of like graffiti with shoes) is the practice of throwing a pair of shoes on to power lines. The shoelaces of the shoes are tied together so that the shoes will hang from power lines. A related practice is a shoe tree, where shoes are thrown onto a tree, so that they hang from the tree branches.

Shoefiti is usually carried out by young people and the shoes they throw are usually sneakers. There are many different explanations for why people do this. Some say shoes on power lines are a sign that drugs are sold in that area, or that someone died there, or a sign that a particular gang controls that area. I don’t know if any of those explanations are true. Personally, I think that shoefiti is just a way for people to get rid of old shoes, or shoes that they no longer want.

An extreme case of shoefiti. About 10 pairs of shoes hanging on power lines.

An extreme case of shoefiti. About 10 pairs of shoes hang from power lines. This shows how strong power lines are.

The power companies don’t like this practice because it wastes the time and resources of their linesmen to get the shoes removed from power lines.