Who we are
We are specialists in toe-puffs, counters and reinforcements for shoes. We are market leaders and we have been on the vanguard of our industry for over 30 years.
Founded by Arlindo Henriques, Lusocal launched its activity in the parish of Romariz, in Santa Maria da Feira, selling footwear components by wholesale and manufacturing toe-puffs and counters.
In that very year, a partnership was established with Tecnogi an Italian supplier of jersey for toe-puffs and counters – whose high level of excellence is internationally acknowledged. Lusocal secured an agreement of exclusive representation for Portugal. As a result, at the very outset, the company was provided with the means to develop a product with regulating quality for the national footwear industry.
The first facilities of the company were limited to the basement of its own administrator’s house.
Lusocal started to operate in a newly constructed pavilion, with the size that was necessary back then to accommodate the existing production equipment and an area dedicated to the storage of raw materials and finished product.
In order to guarantee greater proximity to one of the largest clusters of the footwear industry in Portugal, Lusocal opened a branch in Felgueiras, through which it has been ensuring more than half of its sales volume.
In 2001 we moved to our current HQ facilities.
In 2006 we became pioneers in offering our trademark special skiving of toe-puffs in Portugal.
We were awarded the PME Excelencia award (SMB Excellence) for 10 years in a row.
"If today Portugal is known worldwide as a manufacturer of quality shoes, it obviously owes it to all the entrepreneurs who worked with effort, devotion, willpower and knowledge. But, my friends, in my modest opinion, Portugal also owes it to Lusocal."
"Arlindo from Lusocal, as he is known in the shoe business, is, without a doubt, much more than a simple supplier. I consider it a privilege to be his friend. He is someone you can trust and unconditionally rely upon, in this field which is so difficult. (...) The seriousness, the professionalism, the entrepreneurship, the devotion to customers and the tireless will to evolve they demonstrate, without any doubt, make up an example to follow!"