Yrjö thought about how to improve things but met a lot of resistance when he discussed the idea of sewing shoes on a sewing machine with the shoemakers. The work is a handcraft they said, but Yrjö didn’t give in. He and his son Per-Enok started to experiment and one day, while Yrjö was busy on the phone, Per-Enok came up with the first sample.
The resistance to using sewing machines gradually faded when the shoemakers realised they could get more done. Many new sewing machines have been purchased over the years, but the shoes are still made just as they were then and stepping in to the shoemakers workshop takes you straight back in time to the mid-1950s.