Incredibly strong, easy to grow and inherently organic, hemp is by a wide margin the most truly sustainable material we work with. Hemp cultivation requires no pesticides or insecticides, and only a quarter the water required of cotton. Even better, it detoxifies and regenerates the soil it’s grown in, as well as removing CO2 from the atmosphere at an impressive rate.
As a fabric hemp has similar properties to merino, being antimicrobial (low odour retention, which means it stays fresher for longer), and both insulating and breathable. It also softens with age, and is one of the most durable natural fibres on earth.
The organic cotton used throughout our sneakers is grown with the intention of minimising the impact of its creation on both farmer and environment. Organic cotton is cultivated without insecticides, pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, or GMO seeds.
Natural Latex Rubber
All our outsoles and foxing sidewalls are made from natural latex rubber from the hevea brasiliensis tree, vulcanised in a pressurised kiln at 120º to fuse the sole to the upper.
Flexible yet durable, natural rubber is a naturally sustainable product that’s ultimately biodegradable at the end of its life.
Natural cork is the bark taken from the quercus suber, more commonly named the cork oak. Sustainably harvested with no damage to the tree it grows upon, natural cork is inherently anti-microbial (hypoallergenic & resistant to bacteria) and hydrophobic (repels water) making it the perfect material to stand between your feet and the ground.
Our insole foam is made from an environmentally friendly formulation containing both a renewable sourced castor bean oil in place of the traditional petroleum derived foam, and incorporates a percentage of recycled rubber.
Our shoe boxes and courier bags are made from 100% post consumer paper waste and printed from plant based inks.
Shipping + Handling
Free Returns & Exchanges on all full-priced items
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South Island - 3-7 working days
Australia - Free Economy Shipping on all orders
7-14 working days
United States, Europe, Asia & Rest of World
14-21 working days
From the outset we've been driven by a belief that simple, naturally derived products should be available at democratic, rather than exclusive prices.
By eschewing the traditional retail pricing model and partnering directly with our factory, we're able to reduce overinflated margins, reducing the total cost to our customers.
We work directly with our production partner in Dongguan, China, visiting quarterly to work alongside them sourcing, developing, testing and fine tuning each product we release.
Run by a mixed team comprising New Zealanders, British and Chinese, the best of both Western and Eastern values are present in the workplace culture.
Most importantly, a commitment to ethical manufacturing is reflected throughout the workplace. All workers are payed a living wage, and are provided multiple benefits including health insurance, a pension, on-site accomodation, and access to English lessons.
In an effort to reduce the long term impact of the products we create, we go to great lengths to limit our use of synthetic materials to the bare minimum.
The uppers of these sneakers are made from a beautifully textured organic hemp canvas, while the sidewall foxing and outsole are natural rubber latex from the Hevea Brasiliensis, tapped and collected by hand.
For cushioning we use Ortholite Eco® insoles derived from renewable castor oil rather than petroleum based, covered with a naturally sustainable cork veneer that helps wick moisture away from the feet.
Not only do these sneakers look cool AF (been getting compliments left, right ¢re), these are also so damn comfortable!
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