To our customers:
Let’s talk sustainability for a moment (it’s always on our minds).
Most important, of course, is our leather. All of our leather is degradable, recyclable and exclusively a byproduct of cattle and sheep raised for meat (it’s better for the environment to use this leather than to dispose of the hides).
Our all-leather construction (50% of our collection) uses only vegetable-tanned leathers, the most sustainable method available. It comes from tanneries gold-certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG), which we’re told is pretty special—only 14 tanneries in Mexico have achieved this certification. (The TPR heel piece, by the way, is 100% recyclable.)
Our wrapped leather construction is about 50% sustainable (memory foam, unfortunately, cannot be recycled) with an outsole that’s 100% recyclable and 40% recycled. (The soft leather in which we wrap our footbeds requires a different tanning process, but it’s degradable and recyclable.)
Why not use synthetic leather, you ask? Please, oh please, don’t get us started! Our beautiful leather is much more sustainable than polyurethane (PU), which is 100% plastic—made from either petroleum byproducts or “natural gas,” both of which are fossil fuels and bad for the environment.
As for packaging, all of our carton and box materials are recycled, except for the wax coating on the lining and tissue (it’s necessary to prevent dusting onto the shoes). We’re hot on the trail of other options.
What about transportation, you ask? We use no cargo ships and very little air freight so our carbon footprint is solely from trucking in from nearby Mexico (about 5% that of shipping from overseas).
We care about the artisans who make our shoes! The working conditions in our factories are well on their way to achieving Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certification—they’re already 75% there and looking to be 100% by 2024.