Povo Português

Vasco da Gama

Born in Sines, by the sea, maybe this random fact dictated his fate? There isn’t much information on his life, up until he was nominated to head the expedition to discover the sea route to India.

His journey, filled with boycott attempts and incidents, was inspiration to one of the greatest work by Luis de Camões, the Lusíadas.

Forever acknowledged for his discovery of the sea route to India, he was an ambitious and practical man. He fulfilled his mission and in return, received an historic inheritance, which remains today.

He ends his journey in the East. After all, the place which marked his whole existence. And of his country. And gave him a well deserved recognition.

The Gama boot design allows us to follow Vasco da Gama footsteps. Explore life’s most practical side, with both confidence and bravery. To clear paths never before imagined. Always with confort, by these day’s standards.

Gago Coutinho

Gago Coutinho became famous that, together with Sacadura Cabral, he made the first air crossing of the South Atlantic. During his career he performed geodetic works in Angola and S. Tomé. His geography knowledge and ability to study and find guidance solutions led Sacadura Cabral to invite him to participate in the South Atlantic crossing.

It was during this trip that you tested a sextant designed by you, capable of ensuring accurate navigation even in air travel. The device would be used for air navigation around the world for decades to come.

At the end of his career he conducted and published several studies on Portuguese navigations during the discoveries.

Gago Coutinho' courage and multidisciplinary inspired us to create this boot design. Like him, these boots are ready for any adventure, any adversity, representing the strength, bravery and resilience of all Portuguese people.

Eça de Queiroz

Eça de Queiroz was a lawyer and a journalist, up until he went on a journey throughout the World. This new World, at least to his eyes, may have inspired him a great deal. Upon his return to Portugal, he started writing. But one can say his writing skill could have also come from his father, a judge, but also a writer and a poet. He then became a diplomat and left again. Havana was his first assignment.

His travel notes, from multiple trips, and important events, should have served as inspiration to his novels. The opening of the Suez Channel and a visit to Palestine were only few of them.

Os Maias, his reference novel even today, was written while he was a based on Bristol diplomat.

With a certain degree of irreverence, his O crime do Padre Amaro (Father Amaro’s crime, in a free translation), shocked portuguese society at the time. Profoundly catholic and with high moral grounds, it was not well received. But it remained for History.

Manuel du Bocage

Bocage marked the Portuguese cultural life with his poetry. But not without controversy.

Born in Setúbal, poetry was part of his life from an early age. He enlisted in the Navy, which led him to India, where he eventually deserted. Your spirit would, quite possibly, be too free for the rigors of official life.

He lives in Macau and returns to Lisbon to fall in love with her brother's wife. An event that marks a phase of his poetry, dedicating it to love and disappointment.

He studies the classics, like Camões, where he goes to find structure for his poems. But he always felt that poetry had to set itself free. To run away from limits and compositions.

His free spirit, also inspired by Lisbon bohemia and the French revolution, led him to erotic poetry and satire. Recognized in his midst, his poetry was too libertine for the time. Which earned him an extended stay in the dungeon. This displeasure marked his course and calmed the tone of his work. But never your spirit.

Its greatest heritage is that of a lyric poet. To the point of being remembered next to Luís de Camões or Antero de Quental.

Bocage's spirit and irreverence are reflected in Bocage shoes. And even the touch of calm that marked the end of his life, in a balanced and very current design.

Luís de Camões

Many details concerning the life of Camões remain unknown, but information received almost three decades after his death makes his birth in Lisbon as likely as 1524 or 1525. Camões's work was not recognized until his death. He had a life full of difficulties.

The testimonies of his contemporaries describe him as a soldier of great value, displaying courage, combativeness, a sense of honor and a willingness to serve, a good companion in his spare time. He was aware of his merit as a man, as a soldier and as a poet.

It is discovered by friends living as an indigenous in Mozambique. Friends pay their debts and travel back to Lisbon, where he publishes, in 1572, Os Lusíadas, a work that becomes immortal, being considered the greatest poet in the Portuguese language of all time.

Camoes' irreverence and determination is reflected in the design of Camoes boots. Like your work this design has become timeless.

The Camões boot design is a part of Alma Portuguesa new collection (portuguese soul), from which we intend to share the Portuguese heritage, through great Historic figures.