About this project
// Thanks to our backers, we were able to meet our initial goal in 14 hours! We're not stopping here though. The more people that contribute, the more we can empower individual craftsmen and pressure industry standards. So let's keep going! //
We’re dedicated to making it absolutely effortless for you to choose a socially responsible pair of shoes without compromising on quality, style, or affordability.
Adelante Shoe Co. is built on the theory that people have values and will walk the talk if given the chance. That's why we handcraft our modern classic shoes from 100% quality leather and choose each price point responsibly.
While other models leave "fair compensation" up for interpretation, we pay our craftsmen enough to live well — period. The Living Well Line is a new social impact model that balances community input with development best practices to define the relative cost of Living Well in any community worldwide. Created in consultation with professors at Tufts University, the Living Well Line redefines impact and raises the bar within the social entrepreneurship field.
Meet our craftsmen!
Our shoes are entirely handmade from 100% full grain quality leather sourced from Colombia and Guatemala. We use a Goodyear welt, the gold standard in craft shoemaking, and supple leather inners and uppers. Our brand demonstrates superior quality and craftsmanship to competitors with a similar price point.
Adelantes are modern classic and versatile for a simple yet distinctive look. US fashion inspires our styles, and individual craftsmen make them unique. No two Adelantes are the same — each is an original masterpiece that will carry you through a Tuesday business meeting, then down to the pier where a cold beer meets the sea.
Adelantes are responsibly priced. Our special Kickstarter price of $175 is enough to provide exceptional value to our customers and craftsmen, while also jumpstarting the Adelante business. We want you to hold us responsible, so we back our values with full financial transparency:
Order by 12/15 and we'll send you a handwritten card with a picture of your shoes and the craftsman who will make them. Perfect for a personalized gift or stocking adornment! Just order normally, and we'll reach out to confirm whether your purchase is a Christmas present. In need of a last minute gift? Order by 12/23 and we'll email you a personalized and printable PDF card in time for Christmas!
All shoes fit true to size. As with all quality leather shoes, your Adelantes will begin to mold to the shape of your feet within the first week of wear. Inch measurements are from big toe to heel.
**Experiencing sizing trepidation? Every pair purchased qualifies for one free size exchange on us!
**Other sizes can be made at an additional $25 cost. Simply donate $25 extra and we'll be in touch!
Once our campaign ends we will send a survey to all backers to record size and style selections. Our craftsmen will begin working on your Adelantes on January 1, and we will begin shipping individual orders to backers immediately. We plan to complete all deliveries in February and March.
Risks and challenges
All projects carry a certain number of risks and challenges. We have worked hard to mitigate the risks we face.
The most common risk in manufacturing is production delays. We have worked closely with our shoemakers, many of whom have decades of experience, to ensure our production timeline is realistic. We are also working with experienced in-country logistics experts to guarantee shipment to our customers in a timely manner.
We will provide updates every step of the production process. If we run into any issues that may impact production of delivery times, we promise you will be the first to know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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