The Soque is the typical footwear from the Aosta Valley, the smallest region in Northern Italy, a charming landscape, which has as the jewels in its crown the highest peaks in Europe, on the borders with Switzerland and France. The history of the Soque is an old story, dating back to the Middle Ages and describes the vocation of the craftsmen of the land. Hand crafted, only two materials were used: leather and wood. The sole was sculpted in alder wood, a broadleaf, native tree in the valleys, found mainly in the dampest areas. It was considered the softest wood to support the foot, light and ideal for cutting, as it is free of knottiness and not at all resinous, as well as being a very receptive surface for absorbing colour and resin. The upper part of the shoe was made of tanned leather, which was so stiff that the shoe could only be worn with thick, knitted woollen socks. In order not to loose the small amount of softness gained through wear over time, the upper was often removed from the used sole and put back on to a new base to continue its life as a useful, everyday object.

Whilst respecting the tradition and history, Chicco Margaroli wanted to reinterpret and enhance the value of this everyday old instrument, keeping the unique qualities of how it was put together and increasing the comfort: today the Soque is assembled dry by local craftsmen, with a sole in alder wood as before, but with soft suede instead of leather. 

The basic model and ankle boot are available in a range from traditional to more fashionable colours, and the lightness of the suede makes it appropriate for all seasons, even the hottest, to be worn without socks, thanks to the naturally breathable material.
History, comfort and bespoke creativity: DZOYÉ, a small gem entirely and genuinely Made in Italy, lives a new season as a must-have of Alpine design.