The three design concepts from Terra Plana are 21st Century Artisan, Recycled and Barefoot. In summary, the collections exude an understanding of classic shoe making, but with a passion for modern techniques and materials.
The company makes many different types of shoes, but the Terra Plana collection is the most traditional “green” and design students are paying close attention. Features to expect:
- Light Weight -Essential for manufacturing and shipping, not to mention a load off your feet!
- Flex -Flexibility to work and walk comfortably.
- Vegetable Tanned -A natural alternative to Chrome tanning for beautiful colors.
- Local Sourcing -Minimized transportation with local materials to manufacturing facilities.
- Recycled -From old coats to parachutes, salvaged materials are incorporated into designs.
Pictured first is Doll Veg Tanned Leather, with kitten-heel height and a natural latex driving sole using vegetable tanned leather and recycled foam foot beds. The men’s Siegfried follows as a casual shoe with an adjustable Velcro® closure made from vegetable tanned leather. This shoe has a rubber sole made from recycled products for extra comfort and protection. A recycled mesh liner is infused into the upper to maintain a very nice secure fit.
Barefoot collections are primarily about healthy feet, which brought about two additional design concepts: Vivo Barefoot and Dopie. The benefits of going barefoot are interesting. Naked shoes for naked people is the Dopie description. It’s the most minimal and innovative footwear possible, designed by Matthew Harrison, yet focused on the overall footprint of manufacturing more than eco status of materials. Check out the site for illustrations.
Sales contacts and associates are across the globe. Retail operations are primarily in UK, New York, Austria, and Slovenia in central Europe.
This concludes my 2009 footwear series, but nominations for the Best Sustainable Footwear Designer in the Chic Eco contest poll are welcome until June. Check out the related posts and feel free to comment or send queries.