Martin Castez is the man behind Castez Ermili Shoemaker. His training started in 2010 in Argentina where he started out with basic cemented shoes. That same year he went on a long journey to Europe to study the shoemaking craft. While there he got in touch with workshops and well known traditional brands. It was then that Martin decided to go straight to the most traditional way to make shoes, using the best materials, hand making tools and a lot of hours to complete every pair.
Back in Argentina he found a retired artisan shoemaker that taught him the hand welting technique. In 2013 he was travelling for a year in the US visiting the best workshops in the country. Back in Argentina he made his research about traditional polo and riding bootmakers. He found a wellknown workshop owned by the most charming people: Casa Fagliano. It happened that Rodolfo Fagliano was friend of one of his relatives - and instantly their secrets and work were open to him.
Martin worked for 14 years in the financial area after university, but at the end of his career earning a good salary was not a relevant thing in his life anymore. He decided to go back to his roots, to the days when he felt full of joy and energy, creating and making things by hand. Looking for things to make he stumbled upon Fernando Lopez Bizcaíno's school of shoemaking in Buenos Aires, and he says all the disconnected pieces of his soul started to come together again. Since then he has spent all day everyday dedicated to read, learn, make and improve all the steps to achieve a great pair of shoes that fits well, looks good and lasts long.