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Lima, Peru

Our suppliers

100% of our insole and outsole leather and 75% of our upper leather used in Peru is vegetable-tanned. This process uses tree bark instead of chromium and other harsh chemicals. Leather that is vegetable-tanned is more durable and reparable than synthetic alternatives, and is also biodegradable at the end of it's useful life.


The balance leather used is sourced from a local Colombian tannery which produces leather using an innovative "wet-white" tanning process. Like vegetable-tanning, wet-white tanning is chrome-free. It also uses 40% less water than conventional tanning and reduces the amount of toxins and minerals in wastewater by up to 80%, meaning wastewater can easily be recycled and reused in the production process.


Wet-white tanning is the first step towards a more sustainable future for traditional tanneries. They can use their existing equipment to produce with minimal additional financial investment.

OUR FACTORY

We work with a family-owned, female-operated factory in Lima, run by third generation Italian-Peruvian shoemakers. We turned to Peru for their polished craftmanship and artisan sensibility. Employees earn 1.6X - 3.6X the minimum wage.

The lowest paid employee makes 1,250 soles per month (approx. $325 USD) which is 7% above the average family living wage for the region based on 2019 data from wageindicator.org.

Our packaging

We use 100% post-consumer cardboard and ship using plastic-free packaging. We purchase carbon offsets for our shipping from Native Energy.


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