Another new entrant in the Barefoot Sneakers category comes from Spain. Ohne Project recently funded its Kickstarter over 300% and we understand why: these sneakers are stylish, retro and the production is sustainable at one of the highest standard. They’re definitely listed on Foresighted.
Ohne Project’s Approach to Barefoot Footwear
Ohne Project entered the barefoot footwear market with a distinctive approach. The founders, unable to find barefoot shoes that met their personal preferences and needs, decided to create their own. This initiative led to the birth of a brand that aims to redefine the standards of barefoot shoes and sneakers.
The Inspiration Behind Ohne Project
The design inspiration for Ohne Project’s barefoot shoes comes from the iconic styles of the 1980s. The goal was to create barefoot sneakers that resembled conventional shoes in appearance but retained the benefits of barefoot design. Their first model, “Project 080”, is a testament to this 80s’ inspiration and their commitment to offering a unique choice in the barefoot shoes market.
The Story of Ohne Project’s Founders
The founders of Ohne Project, Manel and Hanna, met at a job in Barcelona. Their shared love for travel and plant-based food led them to create a vegan food blog in 2019. The following year, they welcomed their first child and embarked on the journey of parenthood. Amidst the challenges of managing a blog and raising a child, they also wrote a cookbook and created an online course.
When their son started walking, they began thinking about the kind of barefoot shoes they wanted for him. They questioned why we squeeze our feet into shoes that don’t match our natural foot shape. Unable to find barefoot shoes that matched their style, they decided to create their own. With Manel’s background in footwear design and Hanna’s in textile engineering, they combined their skills to create Ohne Project.
A Closer Look at Ohne Project’s Approach to Sustainable Production
Sustainability is at the heart of Ohne Project. The brand is committed to minimizing its environmental impact at every stage of production.
The upper part of their shoes is made from recycled PET bottles, turning waste into a valuable resource. The outsoles are made from natural rubber, which is a renewable resource.
Moreover, Ohne Project’s shoes are produced in a family-run factory in Portugal. The brand ensures that all workers involved in the production process are treated fairly and work in good conditions.
How Ohne Project Marries Sustainability and Fashion
One of the standout aspects of Ohne Project is how they’ve managed to combine sustainability and fashion in their barefoot shoes. The brand’s commitment to sustainable production practices is evident in their use of recycled and natural materials. But they haven’t sacrificed style in the process.
Drawing inspiration from the iconic designs of the 1980s, Ohne Project has created barefoot sneakers that are both stylish and functional. They offer a range of colors, from classic black and white to bold and vibrant hues, ensuring there’s a pair to suit everyone’s taste.
In the world of minimalist shoes, Ohne Project is certainly a brand to watch. We’re excited to see what they deliver!