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Socially responsible shoes that don't compromise on quality, style, or affordability.
Socially responsible shoes that don't compromise on quality, style, or affordability.
Socially responsible shoes that don't compromise on quality, style, or affordability.
348 backers pledged $65,175 to help bring this project to life.

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// 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!

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    Thank You Postcard

    A handwritten Thank You from the Adelante team, featuring a photo of an Adelante craftsman.

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    Adelante Tote Bag

    An exclusive Adelante tote bag made from upcycled fabric in Guatemala.

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    Shoes: Founders Club Exclusive

    FOUNDERS CLUB — Adelante shoes, your choice of style and size. To buy more than one pair, simply donate the corresponding amount (2 pairs = $300). We'll send you a survey to record all size and style selections once the campaign ends. Fulfill your Founding Destiny!

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    Giving Tuesday Special

    Adelante shoes, your choice of style and size at a special Giving Tuesday price! We'll send you a survey to record all size and style selections once the campaign ends.

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    HOLIDAY SALE SPECIAL!

    Adelante shoes, your choice of style and size at a special Holiday price! We'll send you a survey to record all size and style selections once the campaign ends.

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    One Pair of Shoes

    One pair of Adelantes, your choice of style and size at our special Kickstarter price. When the campaign ends, we will send you a survey to record size and style selections.

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    Two Pairs of Shoes

    Having trouble deciding? Get two pairs of Adelantes at an even better value! Your choice of style and size. When the campaign ends, we will send you a survey to record size and style selections.

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    Three Pairs of Shoes

    We love the whole collection too! Get three pairs of Adelantes for a $150 per pair value. To buy more than three pairs, simply donate the corresponding amount (4 pairs = $600). We'll send you a survey to record all size and style selections once the campaign ends.

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    Two Pairs & a Boston Photo Shoot

    Two pairs of Adelantes, your choice of style and size, and a two-person photo shoot with Adelante founder Peter Sacco in Boston. Photos are yours to keep! Travel to Boston not included.

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    Two Pairs & a Boston Photo Shoot

    Two pairs of Adelantes, your choice of style and size, and a two-person photo shoot with Adelante founder Peter Sacco in Boston. Photos are yours to keep! Travel to Boston not included.

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    The Adelante Tour of Guatemala

    A two person, four-day customizable trip to Guatemala. Meet the Adelante craftsmen and get two pairs of custom-made Adelantes. Air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals are on us.

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    The Legacy Tour

    A two-person, nine-day customizable trip to Guatemala or Mexico City. Meet the Adelante team, get two pairs of custom-made shoes, and you name the next Adelante product line. Includes air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals.

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