As a small business we feel a huge responsibility to be part of the solution. It’s necessary that as an industry we collectively set new and better standards to offset the environmental and social impacts of the fashion system.
300 million pairs of shoes are estimated to end up in our landfills each year in the U.S. On the other hand, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the number of children around the world who have never owned a pair of shoes is about 300 million.
Our small-batch production slows down the fashion cycle and ensures that we don’t overproduce styles which eventually end up as unnecessary waste in our landfills.
We choose to work with factory partners who uphold high standards when it comes to craftsmanship, living wages, high-quality production, and good working conditions
Our pieces are made to last so that you can buy less, buy better, and get more wear from your shoes for years to come.
Our shoes are produced in Italy and Brazil. We work with smaller factories which are able to support our small-batch production and are primarily family run and owned. Each has about 3-20 artisans and has passed down the skills and craftsmanship from one generation to the next.
Through these close relationships we make a conscious effort to stay away from overseas shoe production hubs where cheap labor and environmental control aren’t properly managed or regulated.
All our factory employees are paid living which are monitored and set by the Brazilian and Italian footwear sectors.
We offer styles in both vegan and real leather.
Our leather is 100% a by-product of the meat industry, and we don’t use any exotic skins or leathers where animals are killed solely for their skins.
Our vegan leather options are continuing to increase seasonally, and while they also have their environmental setbacks, we continue to experiment with plant-based materials such as cactus leather.
The reality is that plant-based leathers would solve many issues that vegan and real leather can’t such as the chemical-heavy tanning process; however, the quality and technology of the product isn’t perfected yet for footwear. We continue to prototype and test these new materials as they become available to be at the forefront of new innovative materials to help the environment.
The shoe disposal process causes significant pollution, and as a footwear industry, we must find better ways to repurpose shoes and/or materials.
There are multiple ways to recycle your shoes and one of our favorite non-profit organizations is Soles4Souls who help to prevent pairs overfilling landfills, providing shoes to those in need and creating jobs through the resale of used pairs.
In an effort to help encourage the upcycling of your shoes and reducing waste in our landfills we offer a $50 credit for every 5 pairs that you donate to Soles4Souls.
For every $250 donated to Soles4Souls we will match with a $50 credit toward a purchase of our shoes.
For shoe donations got to: https://soles4souls.org/give-shoes/. There are various drop off locations or they can be mailed in for free.
For donating funds please go to this link: https://soles4souls.org/joy/. Please send us the donation receipt once submitted.
One $50 credit per order allowed.
For mailing in shoes please take a picture of the shipping label and email us the image to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Soles4Souls donation.
If dropping off at a location, please send us the email communication you have with that area district personnel so we can confirm with them and then we will issue the $50 credit to you to use towards your next purchase.
Donations are tax deductible.
Please make sure to list DANIELLA SHEVEL on your donor form to get the credit.
Our price point reflects the craftsmanship, long lasting, best in class materials and fair trade that happens at every step of our shoe making process.
Supporting small businesses like ours help to make the supply chain & industry more competitive while providing growth opportunities for businesses that consider the environmental impact of their processes and don’t just produce for the sake of high growth at the lowest cost—without regard for the environmental and human tradeoffs as a result.