Born in 2006 in the footwear district of Barletta – Trani, in the Puglia region, from the will and foresight of the well-known entrepreneur Teuta Pistolja and the founder of the Alba Shoes group of companies, Nikolin Lleshi, Alba & n is today also an established safety and work footwear brand on an international scale, synonymous with reliability and quality.
Always projected towards the future and innovation, the company has collected the market trends towards a more careful and sustainable consumption and has decided to give life to the new Re-choose line, synonymous with a philosophy of responsible change. Re-choose is, in fact, the new collection of ultra-light and comfortable safety footwear, made from parts of 100% PET materials and processed by GRS certified Italian companies. An example of the collection’s values is also the choice of the “RE-CHOOSE” logo which comes to life from the union of two words: REcycle and Choose.
The origins of Alba Shoes Group date back to 1993 with of a factory specialised in the production of fashion shoe uppers the inauguration in the Albanian town of LAC. Soon this upper factory was joined by others located in the cities of Tirana, Vlora and Cerovoda, thanks to an increasingly high demand from international brands, famous in the footwear sector, for the processing of their products. The expansion of the production area went hand in hand with an expansion of skills and with the growth of an increasingly specialised know-how, which also began to expand towards another very interesting application sector, which is safety footwear. The 2000s saw an intensification of activities and an increasing use of financial and technological resources, until the complete production cycle of footwear was completed within these factories. The Italian company Alba & n, established in those years, began to be the bridgehead between Albanian production and the European and world market, of which it soon became a point of reference. The entire production continues to be divided between Private Label and own brand items, made on a total area owned by the company of 60,000 square metres and with a workforce of about 2000 people, whose production capacity is about 8000 pairs of shoes per day.
The constant search for the best available raw materials on the market, especially in Italy and Europe, in addition to continuous technological investments to develop innovations combine with the added value of being able to have a “home-made” shoe, to ensure a major production flexibility and product customisation. The in-house modelling deparment works in close synergy with the staff engaged in the production in Albania, so as to quickly develop updated models that are always in line with the market needs.
In line with market changes, the company has gradually focused its attention on extremely comfortable and trendy safety shoe models, with a sneaker look, to be used even outside the workplace.