eet: Massaro. The century-old fashion house responsible for creating the iconic black-and-beige shoe synonymous with CHANEL. Get out your notebooks, kids. Time for a little history lesson!Founded in 1894 by Raymond Massaro and currently headed up by Monsieur Philippe Atienza since ’08, Massaro is the heart and sole of the Métiers. Situated near the Place Vendôme (in the most unsuspecting building, may we add) is a special place preserving the lost art of shoemaking. Preserved in the Massaro “museum” rests every pair of footwear ever made for CHANEL – including Coco’s original two-tone sandal, which set the standard for decades to follow.After crafting a celeb cult following, private clients began to take notice and started seeking out the fine craftsmen at Massaro for their own signature soles. The sketches for the Métiers—from Uncle Karl, of course—arrive about a month before the show and then it’s all hand’s on deck. No detail is overlooked and the quality is a true testament to how closely Karl works with Massaro to bring his vision to life. To this day, Massaro is the only name that’s allowed to be stitched into the shoe next to CHANEL’s. And don’t be fooled by the craftsmanship of these mini works-of-art – Atienza is all about comfy couture. In fact, Massaro makes orthopedic footwear, too. And, let’s be real, how often do you find the words function and fashion in one sentence?