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Get a pair of MUKISHOES and we Plant a tree

For our campaign we support the association “Reflorestar Portugal” and donate one tree for every sold pair. An international group that works for recovering the Portuguese forests, which suffer from the every year occurring wildfires.
Here the interview with the founders.

planting trees with volunteers.

planting trees with volunteers.

Can you describe the project, association "Reflorestar Portugal".
what are you doing?

We are an Association that aims to inform, bring awareness and inspire the understanding and practical solutions for ecological and human regeneration.
We organize and promote lectures, courses and workshops in the field of eco-literacy and we provide consulting services in the field of forest management.
We implement and stimulate work meetings and gatherings that facilitate collaborative partnerships among all those who share our goal: the elevation of human capacity to cooperate for the regeneration of planet earth.

destroyed forests in Portugal.

destroyed forests in Portugal.

What were the reasons you found the association?

After the wild fires in Portugal on the summer of 2017, that devasted over 500 000 hct of land and killed 106 people and uncountable animals, we decided to take action to create a national movement to bring together people from diferent backgrounds, from Agroforestry to Land Design, Regenerative Economies and collaborative tools, to co-create solutions and strategies in order to have a real impact on the bigger picture that causes these agressive events to happen. 

It is no longer enough to want to know, be informed or talk about it. The rescue of life support systems on our planet has reached the critical point on which we have to act, collectively, to be fast, impactful, and effective.

Human Action requires Communication, Cooperation, Community. These three Cs are the basis for action with a global impact, acting locally in each country and each region. Our goal is to facilitate and promote this Human regeneration hand in hand with regenerating our Soils, Forests and protect our native seeds.

Can you tell us a bit about the present situation of the forests in Portugal?

The native forests in Portugal are lower then 30% of what is considered Forest areas at this point. Although Portugal has a large space considered to be forest, it has been dominated by monocultures of Eucalyptus and Pines for timber and paper industries mainly. Also, intensive olive trees monocultures and the spreading of intensive green houses for berry production (and more recently avocados monocultures in the south). This has a great impact on the abandonment of land, causing Rural Exodus and leaving all of this land basically unattended and unrelated to local communities culture. There is no space or support for family-based agricultural production.

Over time, young people don´t go back to their family lands and most of those lands are not taken care or even annually managed properly, which leaves space for all sorts of problems. The national governance had a huge impact on promoting this abandonment, by closing health care facilities and schools all over rural areas, from north to south, as well as charging tolls on the main connection roads, that were supposed to be free. All this social and economical framing makes it very hard for younger populations, even those who wish to live in rural areas, to be able to go back.

There is an urgent need for preservation of the biodiversity of plant and animal life and the few native forest have a priceless value and must be protected, but every single year are facing very aggressive wild fires, fed by eucalyptus monocultures and unmanaged private lands.

A common image of Portuguese forests.

A common image of Portuguese forests.

Which are your strategies to improve that?

Sharing Knowledge by giving courses, talks, trainings, organizing community actions, as seed collection; 
Inspiring by involving local comunities with the landscape and their ancestral culture. 
Researching on finding alternative ways to create more resilient economies based on regenerative products and circular economy formats;

Promoting and supporting all those testing and implementing those solutions, so it becomes examples for all people, from all social and cultural backgrounds. We work with communities, private landowners, agencies, public services, intentional communities, everybody is needed in such a dramatic moment our ecosystems are facing.

Empowering local communities through sharing knowledge and connecting them to the network of already existing projects we support, doing good ecological practices. To feel part of something bigger that is happening all over the country and the planet, empowers us all to move forward and collectively.

What are your biggest challenges?

Old paradigms and maintaining clear communication clear between all groups we work with. Also, managing different perspectives and personal agendas, so we would say, the human aspect of regenerating our ecosystems is the most challenging vector.

Susana Guimarães - co-founder of Reflorestar Portugal

Susana Guimarães - co-founder of Reflorestar Portugal

Where do you see "Reflorestar Portugal" in the future? What are your plans, or wishes?

We plan to Reforest land throughout the country with regenerative practices, connecting and empowering communities. Regenerate and integrate.

Once that is taking place, we want to send our teams to work in other places of the planet.


You can support our campaign on Indiegogo and pre-order your pair of sustainable barefoot shoes made under fair conditions with natural materials entirely in Portugal.

with MUKISHOES in the forest - we want that this is possible also in the future!

with MUKISHOES in the forest - we want that this is possible also in the future!

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Travelling is one of our biggest passions. Being in Mexico and hearing about the Raramuri culture inspired us while researching for a name for our shoes. We were greatly impressed by their ability for long distance running with minimal shoes.


The Raramuri or Tarahumara are a group of indigenous people from America living in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Running is deeply rooted in their culture, like the running for 24 hours, which is the symbol for the turning earth around the sun. Together with their daily life running routines, they are one of the most healthy people, with balanced eating habits even with their hard living circumstances.

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Doing up to 300 kilometers barefoot or only with the use of a traditional form of minimal footwear called huaraches, which is like barefoot running.


What finally gave birth to our name is that in their language Raramuri refers specially to the men, meaning 'the ones who can run fast' and the women are called Mukí. Even though the MUKI shoes are unisex, still we are two female founders!

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Our vision

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The experience of working in the textile industry gave us some insights of how harmful this industry is for our environment. Mass-production is not only polluting our waters, oceans, air and lands it is also disrespecting the people, who are behind the creations.


It is a remarkable that 20% of the water pollution is caused by the textile industry and even more shocking, EcoWatch magazine published an article stating that ‘the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world ... second only to oil’.


The need for transparency and consciousness is becoming more important than ever and MUKI want to be part of this growing change. We have created a healthy comfortable shoe, which have the following guidelines:


  • Natural textiles (using hemp, linen, cotton)

  • The leather used is solely from EU without chromium

  • Natural rubber soles or recycled rubber

  • Minimum use of water-based glue

  • Dying the textiles with less water and GOTS certified (no GMO pigments)

  • In the case of the water repellent models we use just natural waxes and resins

  • Fair production conditions in Portugal

  • Materials and Suppliers from Portugal or EU


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Ethical fashion is respecting nature and using the resources that are really needed without over producing, limiting the amount of wastage.

Being respectful with the environment and with yourself, feeling free, not suffering from movement restrictions and stepping away from allowing fashion to condition your body.

Having the possibility of regaining strong feet muscle and a healthy body structure just by walking barefoot or with barefoot shoes is part of our mission.

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In the whole production and research process we are continuously learning a lot and we are very aware that there is still a lot more to know and to improve. We will promise not to lose our curiosity and our selective view to achieve our goal in consuming less and being more conscious!

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Welcome to the MUKI blog

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Welcome to our Blog, we are Madlen and Marta, the founders of  the sustainable barefoot shoe MUKI.
Here we will update you about our productions, inspirations and visions

Herzlich Willkommen auf unserem Blog, wir  sind Madlen und Marta, die Gründerinnen der nachhaltigen Barfusschuhe MUKI.
Auf unserem Blog findet ihr Neuigkeiten unserer Produktionen, Inspirationen und Visionen.

Bem-vindos ao nosso blog, somos a Marta e a Madlen, criadoras do sapato barefoot MUKI

Aqui daremos mais a conhecer sobre as nossas produções, inspirações e visões.

nature as inspiration

nature as inspiration

Since more than one year we’ve been working on the creation of our shoes. It was not always easy and demanded patience, not only from ourselves but also our partners and producers. Our knowledge and our experiences as textile designer, artisan shoemaker, dancer, yogi, nature lover and traveler were our working base. But for realizing our dream, we needed many more hours of head braking and intense research, discussions, conferences with supporting physiotherapists and osteopaths, sleeping over it and redoing to come to the point we were satisfied.

Mehr als ein Jahr arbeiten wir bereits an der Entwicklung unseres Barfußschuhs. Es war definitv nicht immer einfach und erforderte viel Geduld von uns und unseren Herstellern.
Unser Wissen und unsere Erfahrungen in den Bereichen Textildesign, Schuhfertigung, Tanz, Yoga, als Naturliebhaber und Reisende waren eine gute Basis. Jedoch brauchten wir für die Umsetzung unserer Idee viele kopfzerbrechende Stunden und intensive Nachforschung, Diskussionen, Gespräche mit unterstützenden Physiotherapeuten und Osteopathen, noch mal drüber schlafen und von vorne anfangen um mit dem Endprodukt zufrieden zu sein.

Há mais de um ano que trabalhamos na criação dos nossos sapatos. O nosso caminho nem sempre foi fácil, exigiu-nos paciência, assim como aos nossos parceiros e produtores. A combinação das nossas experiências como designer têxtil, artesã de sapatos, bailarina, amante da Natureza, yogi e viajante, estiveram na base de todo o nosso trabalho. Mas para a concretização do nosso sonho, foram precisas muitas horas de pesquisa intensa e discussões… muitas vezes tivemos de dormir sobre o assunto e fazer tudo de novo, até ficarmos plenamente satisfeitas com o resultado.

sustainable and organic materials are the base for the MUKI shoes.

sustainable and organic materials are the base for the MUKI shoes.

We have many demands, which we are not willing to compromise - we want a healthy and unisex design shoe that is produced with sustainable materials and in a fair way. Sounds good, yes and feels good too! But not always easy to achieve...

After experiencing on our own, that mass production means disrespect, pollution, destruction and lies, we fought for our goals and are happy what we achieved.

Unsere Ansprüche sind hoch, und wir sind nicht bereit diese aufzugeben - wir wollen einen unisex Designschuh, der unter fairen Bedingungen mit nachhaltigen Materialien hergestellt wird. Hört sich gut an? Ja und fühlt sich auch gut an! Dies zu erreichen war nicht leicht.

Nachdem wir an der eigenen Haut erfahren mussten, dass Massenproduktion Respektlosigkeit, Verschmutzung und Zerstörung bedeutet, kämpften wir für unsere Ziele und sind glücklich diese umsetzen zu können.

Desde o início que nos impusemos várias exigências e não estamos dispostas a abrir mão delas - queremos um sapato saudável, unissexo, feito com materiais sustentáveis e de uma maneira justa. Soa bem…mas nem sempre é fácil…Produção em massa significa poluição, destruição e mentiras. Estamos felizes e orgulhosas por termos lutado pelos nossos objectivos e por tudo o que alcançamos até agora.


resistant textiles woven on old looms.

resistant textiles woven on old looms.

Portugal offers a handful of traditional family businesses in the branch of the textile and shoe production. We knew from the beginning that this familiar and friendly environment would be the ideal for the development of our shoe.

In Portugal gibt es im Bereich Textil und Schuhfertigung viele kleine Familienunternehmen. Von Beginn an gefiel uns dieser familiäre und freundliche Umgang, der sich positiv auf die die Entwicklung unserer Schuhe auswirkte.

Portugal tem uma grande oferta de pequenas produções tradicionais de têxteis e de calçado de grande qualidade. Desde o início que procuramos este tipo de ambiente familiar para desenvolver os nossos sapatos.

barefoot not just in the sand - whenever you can - for a healthy body structure!

barefoot not just in the sand - whenever you can - for a healthy body structure!

Most of our free time we spend outside and sense nature, while also enjoying a social urban lifestyle. The need for barefoot shoes doesn’t just come from the love to put our feet as direct as possible on the ground. Also the experience of suffering from severe knee pain, because of lack of supportive foot muscles, directed us to spread the benefits a healthy designed barefoot shoe.

Wir lieben es uns draussen aufzuhalten, die Natur zu fühlen, wie auch unserem sozialen Leben in der Stadt nachzugehen. Der Bedarf für einen Barfusschuh kommt nicht nur von der Liebe mit unseren Füßen dem Boden so nah wie möglich zu sein, auch die Erfahrung eines schweren Knieleidens, wegen fehlender Muskulatur und Fehlhaltung, zeigte uns den Weg und die Vorteile zu einem natülicheren Gang - barfuss oder eben im Barfussschuh.

Os nossos tempos livres são passados ao ar livre, perto da natureza mas também apreciamos o nosso estilo de vida social urbano. A necessidade de criarmos sapatos barefoot não advém apenas da vontade de sentir o chão debaixo dos nossos pés. A nossa experiência de dores intensas nos joelhos, causadas pela falta de massa muscular nos pés e pernas, incentivaram-nos a espalhar os benefícios de se adotar um calçado barefoot bem desenhado.


The MUKI barefoot shoe can be your perfect mate in the city.

The MUKI barefoot shoe can be your perfect mate in the city.

We plan to launch our shoes in September this year in a presale.
We are always happy for comments, suggestions and constructive critics.
Stay tuned!

Im September wird es soweit sein und ihr könnt euch eure MUKIs im Vorverkauf sichern.
Bis dahin freuen wir uns über Kommentare, Vorschläge und konstruktive Kritik.

Os nossos sapatos serão lançados em Setembro deste ano em pré-venda.

Comentários, sugestões e críticas construtivas são muito bem-vindas!

Estejam atentos!


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