Bared Footwear is an Australian sustainable shoe company kicking unsustainable, unethical, unsupportive and ugly shoes to the curb. Not only is this incredible company Australia’s first footwear brand to become B Corp Certified, but their sustainable shoes are also as good for you as they are for the planet. With an extensive range of men’s and women’s shoes on offer – including heels, sneakers, boots, flats, loafers, boat shoes and ugg boots – that actually offer support and are designed to aid foot function, Bared Footwear has got you (and your feet) covered for all of your shoe needs.
It comes as no surprise that this epic Aussie business sees sustainability in business as the only way forward. The Bared Footwear team prioritises the use of natural or recycled materials to make their sustainable shoes, including sugarcane (for the footbed), recycled plastic bottles (for the heel), FSC recycled paper (for the insole board), recycled satin, natural rubber and vegetable tanned leather.
The team at Bared Footwear have put measures in place to reduce the amount of waste they produce as a company, as well as the waste that is made by their customers. They monitor all waste via an internal tracker, upcycle their leather offcuts into dog collars and leads, and have a shoe recycling program wherein they’ve partnered with Save Our Soles to turn old shoes into new rubber for gym mats and playground flooring. Trash into treasure!
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We are Australia’s first B Corp certified footwear label! It is incredibly important to us to use the most sustainable materials we can for our shoes such as natural rubbers, sugarcane footbeds and Gold Rated leather. While our shoes aren't perfect it is our goal to continue to improve until we have a 100% eco-certified shoe. It is a long road ahead but we are dedicated to becoming a fully circular and zero-waste business.
Our primary factory is a family-owned and run business, located in Dongguan, China. We have expanded our manufacturing to factories in Brazil and Portugal. These new factories have allowed us to start producing footbeds made from sugarcane. Each factory is third-party audited to measure working conditions, social compliance and adhere to the Fair Labour Association Code of Conduct.
We monitor all waste via an internal tracker and have set a 5% annual target for reduction. We consciously design to minimise waste and any scrap materials are upcycled. We currently upcycle our leather offcuts into dog collars and leads. Our development process is minimal and reusable as we repeat shoe lasts, so we don't end up with sample dead stock.
We have pledged to donate at least 1% of our annual profits. We have a long-standing partnership with The Hunger Project (THP). To date, we have donated over $200,000 (& counting!). We have a long-standing partnership with Children's Ground. We collaborate with Aboriginal artists and transform their artwork into limited-edition sneakers. $50 for every pair sold is donated to empower our First Nations peoples. Since 2019, we have donated $37,250 directly to Children's Ground. When the 2020 bushfires burnt an estimated 16.9 million hectares, we felt helpless. To show our support, we donated $15,000 to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief.
We have a personal and close-knit relationship with all our suppliers. We work closely together to know exactly how our shoes are made, work out how much our labourers are paid, where our materials come from and what processes are used to finish our products and materials. Our goal is to have a fully traceable supply chain all the way back to the farm, however, this is a work in progress. Our promise is we will continue to work on this until we can provide full transparency for our customers.
Behind the Brand
“Footwear is a complex product to make with many components. We want our shoes to be comfortable and durable. Thankfully we are not the only brand in the world trying to do better and there are some incredibly exciting new innovations being developed in the footwear industry at the moment”.