All natural banana leaves are dried then hand woven into sandal uppers. This model is like a 72’ Honda motorbike, designed for urban cruising. Looking down to your feet will only bring tropical day dreams.
*We do not offer half sizes, whole sizes only. Ex: If you are an 8.5, than you will fit in a size 9*
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Rubber tires are becoming a more prominent accessory of transportation. That said, rubber tires are helping the environment. Instead of transmitting toxic fumes into the already-depleted O-zone, eco-forward IndoSole is turning tires from gas guzzlers into soles of an environmentally friendly nature. Conceptualized in 2006 and launched in May 2010, IndoSole came to fruition after an adventurous trip to Bali, where founder Kyle Parsons found inspiration.
The company’s idea is simple: create 2 pairs of IndoSoles from each landfilled, Balinese motorbike or car tire. The production process, however, is a bit more complex. Tires are first salvaged from local landfills and mechanics by an IndoSole employee. They’re brought to the IndoSole factory for sanitization, cleaning with disinfectant, and cutting. Each tire is cut into 4 pieces, which makes 2 pairs of shoes. The tires that would have otherwise been in the road or clogging streams now have a purpose, and their purpose is crafted by the Balinese people, who make the actual footwear.
“The Balinese people are known internationally as natural craftspeople, good at crafting things with their hands,” Kyle said. “I was really intrigued by that and saw it as a community of artists, which is really unique.” IndoSole’s production process is entirely organic and handmade, with no fuel-powered machinery – only the motorbikes that pick up landfilled tires.
“In Bali, it seems like everybody is an artist and they all have an artistic skill. They can basically make whatever you want them to make, and they do it with a smile on their face,” Kyle continued. “We found people who were easy to work with and who wanted to take on our projects.” IndoSole has partnered with local Balinese people and vendors to construct their product holistically, from bags and boxes to the stickers for them. Additionally, the company follows fair trade practices and maintains a clean, healthy environment for workers, ensuring that they are treated well. “There are no night shifts, and we make sure they’re paid at least minimum wage, with benefits, donations, and support for their families,” Kyle said. “For me, the culture and group of people is one I just really believe in and want to help succeed, working with them and providing jobs.”
Today, IndoSole has saved 13,281 tires from landfills. Their online tire ticker lets customers know exactly how much greener they’re making the earth by re-purposing the worn-out black rubber. But 13,281 is not enough. IndoSole strives to save on million tires from landfills, and they hope to do it within 5 years. “For now, we’re quite small – a grassroots company – with a vision for the future,” Kyle said. “But our goal is to become a player in the footwear market and have worldwide distribution, eventually owning retail stores.” Look out for t-shirts, bags, and new footwear models come spring 2014. At the IndoSole ticker rate, it may just be in a mall near you.