The story of Z Shoes begins in the heart of the Amazon of Peru. Dave and Zak Batstone were on an investigative journey traveling down one of the Amazonian tributaries aboard a narrow, wooden boat. Nearly four years prior Dave had created REBBL, a herbal health beverage, with the goal to bring more economic access and opportunity for native communities in the region, and subsequently to at-risk populations all over the world where the ingredients of REBBL are sourced. So on this particular journey Dave and Zak were returning to the Peruvian Amazon to document the early manifestations of that impact.
While visiting a native community deep in the rainforest, Not For Sale's Peru director presented them with a shoe made from local natural materials - rubber sourced straight from the tree along with naturally colored cotton picked from yet another local tree. Dave and Zak had dreamed the creation of a shoe company before they had even re-embarked on their boat.`
For far too long the production of shoes has relied on sweat shops and toxic materials. The producers of shoes are treated unfairly as the lowest cost in the production process. And nearly every shoe we have in our closet today will be in sitting in a landfill when our great grandchildren populate the earth. A 21st century shoe company can do better than that.
The mission of Z Shoes is bold and ambitious. We aim to redesign the shoe industry.
Z Shoes intends to be a world-class footwear brand. We designed our first shoe release in consultation with The Camuto Group, which works exclusively with high-end brands like Gucci and AllSaints. But we also aim to be a movement, to ensure that all of our fans can wear a pair of shoes that brings dignity to people and the planet. Z Shoes will be a powerful agent of change that can move our world in the right direction. Stand with us and join our cause today.
Transparency and Integrity
The materials that go into Z Shoes comes from organically certified sources in the Amazon of Peru. The local native communities are paid a fair wage for their harvest and collection, which enables their financial viability and self-automony. We then manufacture our shoes in Lima at a factory where the workers are also paid a fair wage.
Extremely durable: “Shiringa” is the same rubber that is used to make airplane tires. Learn more at : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r6bxncL184w
* All funds raised in the Kickstarter Campaign will go directly to the launch and creation of this company, none of the money raised via this Kickstarter campaign will be donated to charity or charitable cause.
Risks and challenges
We are currently in final production stage for both our men's and women's styles. As you can see in the video above we have completed the men's styles: A gorgeous navy blue with beige laces as well as a lightish gray complemented with black laces. Our women's styles are being finished as we speak. There are two women's styles: An elegant maroon with black laces and a light tint of gray complimented with camel tone laces. Check the updates for photos of the women's styles to be released soon :)
As we are dealing with the locals in these communities themselves, sometimes communication may take a bit longer then we would hope. Our goal is to have the shoes in consumers hands by early November but of course you must bear with us for this initial launch as it can be complicated transcending a product from the heart of the amazon to international mailboxes.
Also our concert launch parties are very much an amazing experience to be held, however the final details of which celebrities and music icons will stand with us at those launches are not completely finalized. You shall not be disappointed but we ask for your patience until the final details are closed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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