Bared Footwear - Sustainable, Supportive, Stylish Shoes

Bared Footwear

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Location

Australia

Made In

China, Brazil and Portugal

Values

  • Artisan Artisan
  • Circularity Circularity
  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back

“More than just great looking shoes.”

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 shoes needs.

Ethical Production

For Bared Footwear, ethical production is non-negotiable. The company works with factories in China, Brazil and Portugal (the former being the primary factory for Bared Footwear for over a decade), and each factory is audited by third parties to ensure there is strictly no child labour, no slavery, the workers are being paid a fair wage, and the Fair Labour Association Code of Conduct is being adhered to.

Committed To Sustainability

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 Gold Rated vegetable tanned leather.

As for the packaging, your Bared eco-friendly footwear will be sent to you in compostable satchels, reusable hemp and eco-viscose bags, shoe boxes made from FSC certified recycled materials, 100% natural, plastic-free and biodegradable anti-mould packs and biodegradable eco packing tape. Oh, and Bared’s factories are run on renewable energy, and their Melbourne warehouse is fitted with solar panels.

Minimal Waste

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!

Giving Back

Bared Footwear is not only committed to ethics, sustainability and minimal wastage, but they’re also totally for giving back to the community from their own profits (1%, to be exact). Bared Footwear has a long standing partnership with both The Hunger Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to ending world hunger, and Children’s Ground, an organisation committed to creating an empowered future for the next generation of Aboriginal children.

 They’ve also pledged $50,000 and a carbon offset of 3330 tonnes to Greenfleet, and to show their support for the land affected by the 2020 bushfires, Bared donated $15,000 to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief. If that ain’t good business…

To put it plainly, Bared Footwear is kicking goals in the ethical and sustainable footwear field. They’re B Corp Certified, they’re unwavering in their commitment to ethical production, they prioritise the use of natural and recycled materials to create their shoes, they give back to their community, and they ensure their waste is kept to an absolute minimum. It also helps that their footwear is simultaneously supportive and stylish, too

Want to know where Bared Footwear sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

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”.

Anna Baird

What made you start Bared Footwear?

As a podiatrist, I couldn’t find any shoes that I could recommend that were good for your feet that I would actually want to wear myself. There was a clear gap in the market for shoes that looked great and had all of the features that make them comfortable and good for your feet.

What’s the biggest barrier you’ve found to succeeding as a socially conscious business?

I believe that a socially conscious business is one that uses profits and growth to create a positive impact across the globe. For reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of jobs with dignity and purpose. However, this can be easier said than done, and I believe that it is important to be fully transparent when it comes to this. It is important not falsely advertise or settle for Green Washing, instead be open and honest with the fact that things are not going to change overnight but as a company, we are striving for better and will continue to do so, until our company can be fully circular and zero waste and our focus can turn to restoring nature rather than reversing the harm caused.

 

Any other Movers & Shakers out there that you think people should know about?

I am really impressed with M.J Bales initiatives in tackling climate change. Their truly proactive approach is inspiring. M.J Bale is conducting trials with Merino ewes in which they are fed a mixture of barley and eco-friendly Asparagosis Taxiformis seaweed, which is a native red Australian Seaweed. This Seaweed has been shown to reduce the methane production of sheep and therefore decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Given that livestock contribute approximately 10% of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions, finding a new way to produce this sustainable and biodegradable natural fibre at the farm level with close to zero greenhouse gas emissions, could significantly help the fight against climate change.

 

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