We don't often think about it but the footwear industry is a huge polluter. Every year more than 23 billion pairs of sneakers are produced. Most of these new shoes use virgin plastics, rubbers and other petrochemical products. A fact that contributes significantly to the industry's carbon footprint. Additionally, over 300 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills each year. Clearly, the footwear industry needs to clean up its act.
Last year we decided it's time to do our part and committed to creating more sustainable shoes. This year we're proud to announce that our first sustainable release is on its way. For this new beginning, we thought it fitting to bring back the Windsor Sneaker. Also known as the original "Sneaker Disguised As A Dress Shoe."
The new Windsor Sneaker has a couple of key features that cut its carbon footprint. First, the sole is now made from 50% recycled rubber thus reducing the amount of virgin material used. Next, the leather used for the upper and the lining comes from an LWG gold-certified tannery. A certification that attests to the supplier's ethical, environmental and safety practices.
These changes create a versatile and stylish business shoe that is better for the planet.
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Choosing your size.
If you are unfamiliar with European sizing, it can be useful to measure your feet before ordering. Doing so will take just a few minutes, and save you the unnecessary time involved in exchanging your shoes. You can estimate your shoe size by measuring your foot length toe to heel.
Place your heel against the wall and on a piece of paper mark the tip of your longest toe. Measure the distance between the wall and your toe marking. Repeat the process for your other foot. Use the measurement of your larger foot as your shoe size.