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.
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.
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.