We do not work with animal-derived materials.
From an environmental point of view, intensive livestock farming is the biggest driver of deforestation. Chrome tanning is the most popular form of leather production and one of the most harmful. Large quantities of toxic chemicals and acidic effluents concentrated with heavy metals are dumped into water.
It is true that vegan alternatives are becoming more and more common, but many of these materials that we find on the market as plan b, are synthetic (their raw material is crude oil).
Toxic chemicals and harmful solvents are used in their manufacture. Highly polluting compounds are also released when the waste is burned, as they do not biodegrade.
Our challenge is to make footwear that is respectful of the planet and people, while at the same time enabling the transition away from dependence on oil.
We are committed to continue discovering natural and innovative alternatives that are recyclable or biodegradable without endangering the natural environment. In addition to rescuing valuable traditional materials that deserve not to be forgotten.
SUMMER 22 MATERIALS
A natural and versatile material as an alternative to animal skin, made from the fibres of pineapple leaves.
The leaves are a waste product of existing agriculture, and their use generates extra income for the communities that collect them. No additional land, water or pesticides are required to produce the raw material.
The dried leaves are used to form the basis of the material, which is a non-woven mesh. The pigments are GOTS certified and a resin finish is applied for strength, durability and water resistance.
Sustainable, animal cruelty-free, with low environmental impact and high social responsibility.
Vegea is an innovative material characterised by its high content of plant-based, renewable and recyclable raw materials: grape skins from winemaking, vegetable oils and natural fibres from agriculture.
Vegea grape leather uses and reuses waste materials, thus extending the usefulness of grapes and making the winemaking process more circular. The base material is organic cotton.
Cork is a naturally waterproof, lightweight, organic, renewable and biodegradable material. It is also flexible, washable and a great thermal insulator.
It is essentially the bark of the cork oak, a tree found mainly in the western Mediterranean. Cork oak forests are a brake on climate change due to the amount of CO2 they absorb and their extraction does not cause any negative impact, as it does not require the tree to be cut down.
We are aware of the importance of using alternatives to conventional cotton.
Organic cotton is cotton that is grown free of toxic substances such as fertilisers, insecticides and pesticides of petro-chemical origin. The seeds used are not transgenic. Water is managed more efficiently (95% of this water is rainwater and through increased organic matter in the soil).
It is not only good for the consumer’s health, but also for the health of those who produce it, from the farmer to the person who makes it, due to the inhalation of toxic products. It benefits the environment, respecting natural resources, reducing soil, air and water pollution. It uses techniques such as crop rotation and organic fertilisers. As opposed to large cotton estates, organic cotton cultivation favours small farmers, promoting a more sustainable economy.
You will find it both on the outside and inside of our shoes, thus avoiding exposing your skin to toxic substances, organic cotton provides extra softness in direct contact with the skin.
Certified by GOTS
Its textiles can absorb up to 20% water without feeling damp, as it is primarily composed of cellulose. It is antibacterial, fungicidal, neutralises odours and acts as a barrier to UV radiation. Being thermo-regulating, they have insulating properties, ensuring coolness in summer and comfort in winter. It is also a naturally ecological, light and very resistant fabric.
Linen is obtained from the natural fibres of the plant and together with hemp is one of the oldest fabrics, having been cultivated since ancient Egypt.
Its naturally absorbent, thermo-regulating, antibacterial, fungicidal and UV-resistant properties (95%) make it the perfect fabric for both outside and inside footwear, as it neutralises odours. Its fibres are strong and durable, and fuse very well with dyes, so they keep their shape and colour very well.
Hemp is a fast-growing plant that requires very little water and does not need herbicides, pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. As an added benefit to the environment, hemp cultivation improves soil health by replenishing vital nutrients and preventing erosion.
For all the properties mentioned above, this season we are introducing hemp fibre as the core of our insoles for the Bambas and Sambalias.
Antibacterial, fungicidal, deodorising, insulating, thermo-regulating and a natural absorbent of excess perspiration.
The fibre is harvested from the husk of the coconut, a widely available resource. Our insoles give new life to this valuable raw material.
Coconut fibre has a very high lignin content, making it very tough. Despite its inherent toughness, it is also elastic. The fibres are spun into ropes and these are transformed into sheets, which are then pressed and vulcanised into several layers.
Coconut is a product that naturally adapts to the human body. We feel comfortable in it, just as we feel comfortable in hemp, cotton and linen. The difference becomes apparent when we wear, for example, a PU insole.
A patented and innovative material that comes from 100% vegetable oils.
Its capacity for adherence to the ground, flexibility and adaptability make it the perfect material for walking around the world.