Heschung is a fourth-generation, French shoemaker known for authentically-made, quality footwear, founded in 1934 by Eugène Heschung.
Today, the third and fourth generation of the Heschung family, Pierre and Romain, run the company and factory in Alsace. Heschung is still based on its original ideals of timeless, comfortable, and tough footwear mixed with only the most viable of contemporary trends. Beginning in the 1950s, Heschung pioneered in the domain of leather ski boots, which eventually led them to become the official supplier to the French ski team. Consequently, the team won nine medals at the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968 and eight medals at the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972. It was Pierre Heschung who, in the 1990s, introduced the brand to the consumer market with a timeless collection of derbies, Oxfords, and boots.
Their shoes have become instantly recognisable thanks to the reverse welt used to secure the sole of the shoe to the upper. Not only is this detail iconic, but it reveals something of the craftsmanship behind the shoe.
As well as being decorative, this sort of stitching adds an extra layer of waterproof protection to the shoe. The design does not compromise on practicality. This stitch is a key reason why Heschung shoes are so versatile.The thread is also made out of linen soaked in pitch. This helps to seal the hole made by the needle as the linen in threaded through. Heschung are also known for the quality of the leather they use. Many of their styles are made using anilcalf leather, a special sort of leather made from calves reared in France who only ever fed on their mother’s milk. It is a full grain, aniline leather, meaning it’s of the best quality available. Heschung’s shoes are soaked in the craftsmanship of each generation of the company, as well as the ateliers who now work in their factories nearby the Heschung family home.
We stock a variety of Heschung’s styles
Each of Heschung’s styles are distinctive in their own right. At Hansen, we stock Heschung’s timeless designs, those which have gone unchanged for generations. First, we have the Heschung Hetre boots. This style references traditional hiking boots by using metal hooks and eyelets to thread the laces through. The rubber sole and reverse welt stitching make the Heschung boots suitable for walking on all terrains. We stock the Heschung Hetre boots in black as we believe it is the most authentic colour to this style. Next is our bestseller pair, the Heschung Crocus. This reverse-welted derby style shoe is truly versatile. They weather through day or night and are mounted on a profiled rubber sole. As mentioned, these are Heschung Derby shoes, meaning they have open lacing. This makes them the best choice for people with higher instep or those who prefer having more freedom for movement in the shoes. Again, we stock this style in black, making them the ultimate, timeless shoe.
The Heschung Catalpa is the next style from this French shoe brand’s collection that we stock. Again, this is a derby shoe but this time, it has split toe detailing. Just like the Crocus, this shoe style allows the wearer to adjust the laces to the shape of their foot, making them highly comfortable. The full-grain calf leather also helps the shoes mould around the foot, thanks to how supple it is. We stock the Crocus in both black and hazelnut. Finally, we have the Heschung Ginkgo Boot. This style allows for a tad more flamboyance than the other shoes we stock. The Ginkgo also uses hiking-boot-style hooks to tie the laces, though features a paneled canvas area, rather than being all leather. As a result, the Ginkgo makes use of bi-materials, the combinations of materials changing depending on which leathers are going spare. This design also features split-toe detailing, which adds another flash of personality to the boots. They are distinctive and timeless, a bold combination!
If you were looking for a Heschung shoe review, then look no further. These leather shoes are perfect for all occasions and will stay with you throughout your life. Thanks to the quality of leather used, the shoes develop a patina as they are worn, meaning you get to see how they change and develop over time. They are classic men's shoes, made in France, and by French shoe designers. It’s possible for you to get your French shoes online from Hansen. You can trust us to have curated a wonderful collection of shoes from Heschung’s collection which is as versatile as possible. If you like the look of Heschung, we have a full shoe manufacturers list that we stock on our website which are of a similar style.
Frequently asked questions about Heschung
How should I maintain my Heschung shoes?
As Heschung shoes are made of the highest quality, traditionally-treated leather, it’s important to follow a shoe care guide. This way, your shoes will only better and mature with age. If you’d like to polish your Heschung shoes, follow this specialist shoe care guide for anilcalf leather.
Start by placing a shoe tree inside each shoe. This helps to maintain their shape as they’re being tended to.
Clean away surface dirt with a damp cloth before applying polish with a brush.
Next, use a damp, lightweight, cotton cloth to polish the upper of the shoe. Make sure to start at the welt and buff the polish in using circular motions. Ideally, use Heschung polish as the formula is custom-made. Also, make sure it is the same colour as the shoe.
Once you’ve applied the polish, leave the shoes to dry.
Use a horse-hair brush to make sure the polish is evenly spread.
For the final touch, use a buffing cloth made of wool or nylon to shine your shoes.
Heschung also recommends that you don’t wear their shoes for two days in a row. If you want to maintain the suppleness of the leather, it’s best not to let the shoes spend too much time in humid environments. Instead, you should always store your shoes with a shoe tree inside, away from heat sources.
Some find Heschung shoes a little longer than standard sizing so it may be wise to size down. If you’d like to try on a pair of shoes, we stock them in our store.
What other types of shoe does Heschung stock?
On our online store, we stock Heschung’s classic designs - their boots and derby shoes. There are, however, a number of other styles that are available directly from Heschung. Their designs include the Heschung Thuya, Heschung Chukka, Heschung Ebene, and Heschung Orme. There are also Heschung sneakers for a traditional take on casual shoes.
What is a welt?
The welt of a shoe is the part of the sole which protrudes out a few millimeters. It is here that the leather upper of the shoe is attached to the sole. This element of the shoe’s design is important is it helps improve its durability, especially in terms of how waterproof it is. Welted shoes are also special because they cannot be mass-produced. Each shoe must be guided with a machine individually by a craftsman.
Are any Heschung products made outside of France?
Heschung is a french shoe manufacturer which now employs a workforce of more than 175 people. Over one hundred of these people live in France, leaving a small majority who live elsewhere. The remaining are a group of specially-selected craftspeople in Tuscany who use their own generations of knowledge to create certain ladies’ products. Heschung is very proud of the skill and commitment of its employees and puts the brand’s reputation down to them.