The Shoemaker’s Dream
The footwear industry is one of Indonesia’s mainstays in the global trade. Indonesia has an opportunity to increase exports to the United States due to its trade war with China. But Vietnam is still ahead as it expands to the European Union market.
Footwear shops along Jalan Cibaduyut, Bandung, West Java, are packed with customers. Some come to retrieve their orders of two-three pairs of shoes packaged in boxes, while others contemplate shoes on display racks.
But the real bustle happens behind the shops. In workshops spread across small alleys that are too small for cars, Cibaduyut’s shoemakers work to assemble footwear part by part. Amble is among the leather shoe brands that emerg...