Not only used for wine bottles or bulletin boards, cork has been spreading across the footwear industry.
In many ways, cork can be seen as the perfect ethical shoe component:
- every year, cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tonnes of CO2 and consequently reduce gas emissions;
- cork oak culture is the best paid agricultural activity in the world;
- this material is light, flexible, soft, durable and absorbs vibrations which makes it perfect to produce comfortable and sustainable shoes.
Let’s have a glimpse at fashion brands that create sophisticated footwear made out of cork.
Cork Pel shoes are made out of natural portuguese cork. The production process is safe for the environment and contributes to preserving the local ecosystems. From flip flops to sneakers, the brand offers a wide range of models for women and men.
Source: Cork Pel
Designed and produced in Guadalajara, Golden Ponies’shoes are handmade and produced in limited edition. The Pony Oxford Natural Cork (see picture) is made with soft natural cork, transpirable non-leather lining and inner sole, synthetic flexible sole.
Source: Golden Ponies
The famous vegan Portuguese brand uses natural raw cork, reusable and recyclable, extracted from cork oaks, respecting the normal tree development without harming the normal of the species and without damaging the tree. The extracted cork is 100% harnessed. Cork is waterproof, light and comfortable.
Source: Nae Vegan
Based in Portugal, Rutz uses cork “not only for its natural beauty but also for being a highly resistant material, Waterproof and breathable to the foot“. Flats, sneakers, sandals, boots, espadrilles… Rutz offers a wide range of shoes for every occasion!