Shoemaking, Reparations and Sales
Nenad Strugar - owner
Goran Žugić - shoemaker apprentice
+385 (0)1 4833344
Working hours: 8:30-19:30 (Mon-Fri), 8:30-15:00 (Sat)
"Handmade shoes are a real tourist attraction, and in Europe their price can be up to three times higher than ours."
Oaza: What is the history of your business?
Nenad Strugar: The Strugar family shoemaking workshop has been located in the courtyard at 33 Ilica Street since 1967, when my father Alojz Strugar founded the business, which makes me the second generation. I run the business even though I did not receive formal training to be a shoemaker.
All our models, from the smallest sizes to the largest, are made in the traditional way by using a hammer, scissors and other tools. The only thing that is modernized is taking a footprint with a scanner, which is directly sent, using a computer, to our partners who make custom anatomic insoles. We have an individual approach to our clients. Everything is done according to the customer's wishes. It takes about ten hours to make a pair of shoes.
Oaza: So the entire manufacturing process is done by hand?
NS: Yes. More precisely, everything is done by hand except for stitching the upper of a shoe that is done on a machine.
Oaza: Who designed most of your models?
NS: Those are traditional models from my father's time.
Oaza: What is most in demand today? What model is your best seller?
NS: Today, we sell a bit of everything, but mostly the Oxford shoe. However, we modified it in relation to the models from my father's time.
Oaza: How is the business going? Do you feel any change when compared to before?
NS: Honestly, everyone is complaining, but not me. The business is going well. We have both local and foreign customers. Handmade shoes are a real tourist attraction, and in Europe their price can be up to three times higher than ours.