Everyone in Bali walks in flip flops. They are comfortable, and since it is warm all year long, you want your toes to wiggle freely. But if you are looking for something special with beautiful design and high quality, Bali has one of the best shoe designers in the world at the moment.
Ni Luh Ayu Pertam is Balinese from Kintamani, who struggled her way to the top and now owns a factory and a shop with a brand of shoes named Niluh Djelantik.
Her beautiful designs are worn by celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman, Julia Roberts, Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen.
Ni Luh has an atelier in Canggu village in Bali, and all of the shoes are leather and hand made by 40 of her workers. Her brand signature is an unique engraving and design which is comfortable even for the high heels or wedges.
She likes to say that her shoes are for life, so if they brake, you can get them repaired for free. Each worker works on his pair from start till the end, so if you take them back to the shop, the same worker will repair them and in most cases remember them. Pretty unique.
As a child, Ni Luh’s shoes were always too big for her. Her mother, a single parent, struggling to give her daughter the best she possibly could, always bought her shoes “three or four sizes too large” so Ni Luh could wear them for a few years. That is when she said that one day she will have beautiful shoes just the right size.
She bought her first pair of high heels in Jakarta where she was studying. She paid them 15 thousand rupiahs, and they were super uncomfortable. When she came back to Bali in 2002. She decided to manufacture shoes.
The platform is made of rubber, embedded in the shoe structure. This ensures even weight distribution, regardless of heel height. Triple leathers are used with leather stacked heels. Niluh Djelantik shoes end up as beautifully crafted pieces of wearable art with that special Balinese touch.