Their craft "On Capri, legend has it that the Roman emperor Tiberius started the strappy-sandal trend," says Nord. Because cobbling is back-straining labor—leather straps are stretched, braided, then hammered into the soles—it traditionally has been a men's profession passed down through families. "Everyone is surprised when we sit down at our tool bench," says Coleman. "But we love every minute of it." She and Nord can cobble a custom pair of sandals in about 30 minutes.
Their sandals The duo offers traditional Italian toe-ring and T-strap styles, updated seasonally with vibrant colors, animal prints, and antique appliqués. "Whenever we see anything interesting, from an old Elizabeth Taylor movie to wicker patio furniture, we'll say, 'I see a sandal there!'" says Nord. Adds Coleman, "We hope that customers will come to our shop one day and say, 'I bought these sandals 20 years ago, and I'm still wearing them.'" (Sandals start at $178; tucciadicapri.com.)
Photo: Jeffery Salter