From the beginning, our goal was to create a barefoot shoe with solely natural and non-toxic materials. We care about a fair production process with the minimum possible impact on the environment. We select our components carefully and we always make sure we know where they come from, giving preference to local, organic and fair-trade materials.
We are based in Portugal and follow all the production process closely, supporting local fabricants and avoiding long transport distances. We work with small local manufacturers that have generations of experience in handcrafting shoes - their quality is simply fantastic. A big concern for us is the durability of the shoes. A resistant, versatile and long-lasting product is essential, according to our view on sustainability.
We mainly use hemp, cotton, organic cotton, burel (felted wool), leather, cork and linen.
We buy our fabrics raw and dye them locally with GOTS certified pigments.
The organic cotton we use comes from the North of Portugal, woven on old looms from the beginning of the 20th century. Modern looms usually do not weave with so many strings, what makes it so special and resistant.
The cotton comes from a plantation in Tunisia.
The sheered wool we use come from the Portuguese mountains Serra da Estrela, where the sheep are pastured freely in the highest mountains of Portugal.
Burel is a 100% sheep’s wool fabric of medieval origin which has always been associated with the Serra da Estrela, the mountain, the shepherds and their capes. The authenticity of Burel results from a sequence of specific operations in the manufacturing process.
After being sheared, washed spun and woven on the loom the wool is “ trodden “ in a machine called stomper that beats and scalds the wool, transforming the fabric into sackcloth, making it tighter, tough and water resistant.
We use vegetable tanned leather, REACH certificated with no harmful toxins for humans nor the environment.
Portugal is the biggest cork producer worldwide. In contrary to what many people think extracting cork there is no need to cut trees down. The cork is the bark of the tree which can be taken off every ten years. So it is a completely renewable material with great properties.
For our shoes we use cork as a vegan alternative to leather, for example with its water repellent properties.
Our hemp grows and is woven to a strong and beautiful fabric in a small family weaving in Transylvania, Romania.