We have partnered with a small-scale workshop in Leon, Mexico.
They have a weekly production capacity of less than 300 pairs. Employees earn 5x the minimum wage, which is 57%-69% above the average family living wage for the region based on 2019 data from wageindicator.org.
Every detail is carefully crafted by hand and inspected to ensure the best quality. Each pair takes 24 hours from start to finish.
Over 85% of our leather comes from the WYNY tannery. They have been using 100% vegetable tannins since 1978 and have gold auditing certificates for compliance and environmental standards. This certificate requires constant review of air emissions, a restricted chemicals list, use of solar energy and a waste management system. They also have a state-of-art water treatment and recycling facility.
Textiles are hand woven by a social cooperative of weavers in Chiapas, using traditional looms and methods. The slight variations and handmade quality are what make these so special.
Our leather footbeds have an arch insert and will mold to your foot with wear. Soft leather lining makes all the difference and is breathable for all day comfort.
We believe in buying fewer, better quality items that will age beautifully. Our leather outsoles and heels can be inexpensively repaired and leather can be restored at home or your local shoe repair.
We are environmentally and socially conscious people. We are always striving to find ways to reduce waste in our supply chain, through clean sourcing, mindful sampling and small-scale production.
We use 100% post-consumer cardboard and ship using plastic-free packaging. We also purchase carbon offsets for our shipping from cooleffect.org