Barefoot Pals is a unique footwear brand that produces handmade barefoot shoes, crafted by skilled artisans. By supporting this business, you are actively upholding a threatened traditional craft while also endorsing sustainable lifestyle choices.
The shoes are designed to create the feel of walking barefoot while offering the necessary protection of footwear. Chrome-free leather, sourced as a by-product of the meat industry, is the key material, helping reduce the environmental impact of harmful chemicals and waste. The shoes are designed for durability, offering a solution to the common ‘throw away’ culture.
Barefoot Pals shoes serve both casual and formal purposes, and are built with a focus on supporting the natural structure of your feet. They offer significant flexibility, a key attribute of barefoot shoes.
The story of Barefoot Pals is linked with Gaucho Ninja, started by Lisandro Serra Delmar who was inspired by Japanese martial arts and Argentinian gauchos. The team expanded with the inclusion of Nada Meredith, a UK-based craftswoman specializing in leather.
Sustainability is a cornerstone for Barefoot Pals, as seen in their use of biodegradable leather and recycled polyester thread. The soles are Vibram, made from 30% recycled rubber and known for their ground sensitivity and resilience. These shoes are designed to be re-soled when needed, thereby prolonging their life span.
Available in various colors, including black, blue, red, and Desert Sand, Barefoot Pals shoes are made in London and feature long-lasting crisscrossing laces.