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Premium shoes.  Handcrafted in Los Angeles.  Helping build a community.
Premium shoes. Handcrafted in Los Angeles. Helping build a community.
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COMUNITY is a catalyst for change. Our mission is to inspire action, participation and empowerment of our customers through civic engagement. Our goal is to change perspectives from ME to WE on a daily basis.

L to R: The Mateo, The Traction, and The Your Turn
L to R: The Mateo, The Traction, and The Your Turn

 

 

These are premium quality mens and womens shoes, handcrafted with passion and care right here in Los Angeles.  With each pair of shoes purchased, we will donate $10 USD to the COMUNITY Giving Partner of your choice; one of three non-profit organizations in Los Angeles supporting Education (Youth Mentoring Connection), The Arts (Street Poets), or Ending Homelessness (The People Concern). While your Kickstarter pledge will be applied directly to our Kickstarter campaign, after the campaign has ended, we will donate on your behalf to the COMUNITY partner of your choice.  Scroll down for more info about our Giving Partners.  

 

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 Who are we? We're professional shoemakers with decades of experience at some of the world's great footwear brands, like TOMS, ASICS, Vans, and Nike. We work with artisans right here in DTLA to make premium, handcrafted footwear. We take a lot of pride in our products so we use the finest Italian leathers for a supple feel; we custom design our own lasts for the best fit; and we pour artisan craftsmanship into every pair.

The styles in this collection are unisex in design.  But the fit and sizing are gender specific. We created custom lasts specific to the anatomical differences between women's and men's feet. So your COMUNITY shoes will fit just right.  

Men: Half sizes 7-12, 13,14     Women: Half sizes 5-10, 11, 12

 The Mateo

Striving to create a better community, COMUNITY’s magic begins at 584 Mateo Street in downtown Los Angeles. The Mateo will put us on a path to a better future. 

The Mateo features:

  • High-grade Italian suede leather upper for a buttery soft feel and supreme fit 
  • Hand buffed, high elastic EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning 
  • Gum rubber outsole with classic herringbone texture for grip and durability 
  • Anatomically engineered Ortholite insole that is breathable, supportive and anti-microbial 
  • Customizable slip-on lacing design for personalized fit and comfort
  • Hand-painted signature heel tab
The Mateo in Brown
The Mateo in Brown

 

The Mateo in Grey
The Mateo in Grey

 

The Mateo in Black
The Mateo in Black

 

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The Mateo in Black
The Mateo in Black

 

The Mateo in Brown
The Mateo in Brown

The Traction

COMUNITY will be a force for change. It’s time for this movement to gain traction. 

The Traction features:

  • High-grade Italian suede leather upper for a buttery soft feel and supreme fit 
  •  Hand buffed, high elastic EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning 
  •  Gum rubber outsole with classic herringbone texture for grip and durability 
  •  Anatomically engineered Ortholite insole that is breathable, supportive and anti-microbial 
  •  Premium cable stitch detailing
  • Hand-painted signature heel tab
The Traction in Brown
The Traction in Brown

 

The Traction in Grey
The Traction in Grey

 

The Traction in Black
The Traction in Black

 

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The Traction in Brown
The Traction in Brown

 

The Traction in Grey
The Traction in Grey

The Your Turn

COMUNITY’S mantra ‘FROM ME TO WE’ inspires participation and empowerment for a better community. It’s your turn to make a difference.

The Your Turn Features:

  • High-grade Italian suede leather upper for a buttery soft feel and supreme fit 
  •  Hand buffed, high elastic EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning 
  •  Gum rubber outsole with classic herringbone texture for grip and durability 
  •  Anatomically engineered Ortholite insole that is breathable, supportive and anti-microbial 
  •  Deceptively simple lacing system for comfort and custom fit 
  •  Premium cable stitch detailing 
  • Hand-painted signature heel tab
The Your Turn in Black
The Your Turn in Black

  

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They're laughing at people who don't have holes in their jeans
They're laughing at people who don't have holes in their jeans

PREMIUM GOLD EDITION 

Knowing that you all have a heart of gold, we wanted to make sure you have a shoe to rock that is as special as you are. 

Premium Edition Gold shoes:

  • High-grade Premium leather upper for a buttery soft feel and supreme fit 
  •  Hand buffed, high elastic EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning 
  •  Gum rubber outsole with classic herringbone texture for grip and durability 
  •  Anatomically engineered Ortholite insole that is breathable, supportive and anti-microbial 
  •  Hand-painted signature heel tab

 

The Mateo in Premium Gold
The Mateo in Premium Gold

 

The Your Turn in Premium
The Your Turn in Premium

 

The Mateo and Your Turn in Premium Gold Leather
The Mateo and Your Turn in Premium Gold Leather

 

The COMUNITY T-shirt is made with a most excellent tri-blend material: poly-cotton-rayon. We love this material for comfort and durability. But also tri-blend has a nice weight and just a little stretch so it hangs just right.

The most excellent COMUNITY T-shirt in Heather Grey
The most excellent COMUNITY T-shirt in Heather Grey

The COMUNITY bandanna goes anywhere; so versatile. Cotton/poly blend.   

The Most Excellent COMUNITY Bandanna in Grey and Green
The Most Excellent COMUNITY Bandanna in Grey and Green

 

The COMUNITY Market Bag also goes anywhere and it can carry stuff.  Like groceries or a laptop or 19 broken Sony Walkmans. 100% recycled polyester.  Disclaimer: This is just a mock up.  We are still searching for the PERFECT all around bag.

The virtual COMUNITY Market Bag in Green
The virtual COMUNITY Market Bag in Green

 

 

 

To be a vital part of our community, we support local commerce and businesses.  

Our shoes are made right here in Los Angeles by highly skilled craftsmen at Lalaland Production who have perfected the art of shoemaking since 2007. Lalaland is no ordinary factory.  They have the vision and ambition to bring the art of quality manufacturing back to Los Angeles.  Not just for Lalaland but for the manufacturing community as a whole.

The skilled labor jobs provided by factories like Lalaland Production are the foundation of a healthy community. We love this opportunity to support local commerce and we love seeing the growing sense of community among our friends at the factory as they build their own sense of ownership and pride in their work. 

WE BELIEVE IN SUPPORTING THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND BRINGING BACK THE LOST ART OF QUALITY MANUFACTURING TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. 

Don Raul lasting an upper.
Don Raul lasting an upper.

 

Don Carlos carefully cutting patterns.
Don Carlos carefully cutting patterns.

 

Carlos getting one of our photo samples just right.
Carlos getting one of our photo samples just right.

 

 

 Street Poets

Street Poets harnesses the healing power of poetry and music to save lives, create community and transform culture. Working to break the cycle of violence in the lives of at-risk and incarcerated youth, the organization helps to awaken them to their gifts and builds creative community, bringing youth, adults and elders of diverse backgrounds into deep transformational relationships. 

Street Poets.  Saving lives one rhyme at a time. Click the photo to learn more about Street Poets
Street Poets. Saving lives one rhyme at a time. Click the photo to learn more about Street Poets

 

The People Concern

The People Concern empowers the most vulnerable among us to rebuild their lives. As one of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies, we provide a fully integrated system of care – including mental and medical health care, substance abuse services, and permanent supportive housing – tailored to the unique needs of homeless individuals and families, survivors of domestic violence, challenged youth, indigent Veterans, and others who have nowhere else to turn.

The People Concern.  Because everyone should be housed, healthy and safe. Click the photo to learn more about The People Concern
The People Concern. Because everyone should be housed, healthy and safe. Click the photo to learn more about The People Concern

 

Youth Mentoring Connection

The Mission of Youth Mentoring Connection is to awaken at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that “match” within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood. They further seek to awaken society to the needs, promise and value of this overlooked population, and inspire young people bring their gifts back into their communities.

Youth Mentoring Connection.  Buried in our roots are the seeds of our gifts. Click the photo to learn more about Youth Mentoring Connection
Youth Mentoring Connection. Buried in our roots are the seeds of our gifts. Click the photo to learn more about Youth Mentoring Connection

 

Sizing Info:

The styles in this collection are unisex in design. But the fit and sizing are gender specific. We created custom lasts specific to the anatomical differences between women's and men's feet. So your COMUNITY shoes will fit just right.

Men: Half sizes 7-12, 13,14     Women: Half sizes 5-10, 11, 12

Delivery Info:

We expect to begin shipping as early as June, with most backers seeing their shoes in July.  

If that seems fast, it is.  Our factory partner, Lalaland Production has been incredibly helpful in prepping as much as we can ahead of time, so that, after the campaign ends, we can arrange the materials and craft your COMUNITY shoes and ship them at the earliest possible date.  Also, since we're producing locally, 4 weeks overseas shipping is eliminated.  

We will proactively keep you informed of any delay.  

Sourcing Info:

The complete, transparent version.

We are committed to making the most sustainable and responsible decisions in developing and manufacturing our products. Our goal is to utilize the local materials and construction methods available to us. We are personally involved in the selection of all materials in COMUNITY shoes and are driven by quality; sourcing only the best materials. We are also driven by our consciences, so we are careful to select materials only from known sources. 

We believe its important to be transparent during this journey and want you to understand some of the challenges we're facing by manufacturing in Los Angeles. Some of our materials do come from overseas, not because it’s less expensive but because, currently, the best shoemaking materials are very hard to come by in the USA. For example, the best leathers still come from Italy and the best high-elastic EVA cushioning material still comes from China. We are eager, and ambitious about creating sources for materials in the USA. When we do, you'll be the first to hear about it because we’ll be too proud and excited to keep it to ourselves.

We believe in fair business practices and fair wages for everyone involved. Our pricing model is different. We've placed community before cost. Unlike most shoes, the majority of the cost to produce our shoes is in the labor to handcraft them.  As a result, COMUNITY shoes are not cheap. That's OK... for now.  We are confident this the right way to approach business for the long term.  

Risks and challenges

The COMUNITY team has decades of experience in the design, development, and production of quality shoes. However, footwear production is never easy-- multiple components need to come together for each pair. While we are closely monitoring production (the manufacturing is only 5 minutes away after all), there is always the potential for a delay, especially if the demand is greater than expected.
Our promise, regardless of the situation, is to keep you thoroughly informed with frequent updates if not personal notes. You've invested in us and you deserve to know what's going on with your investment.
Thank you, friend for your interest.

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    MOST EXCELLENT COMUNITY GOODY BAG

    Includes most excellent COMUNITY t-shirt, bandanna, and a few surprise goodies from our neighbors (we have really cool neighbors. Google it). All presented in a most excellent COMUNITY market bag.

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    LIMITED TIME! Mother's Day MATEO Special

    48 hours only!!!
    In the spirit of celebrating Mom, we've joined up with Street Poets for a one-of-a-kind reward.
    • One pair of awesome Mateos for you or your Moms.
    • Plus a COMUNITY market bag!
    • Plus a special Mother's Day video poem from one of the Street Poets artists
    • You will receive the video in time to share it with your Mom on her special day.
    • The Mateo comes in Black, Brown, or Grey
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    PREMIUM EDITION GOLD- Mateo

    Receive one pair of awesome COMUNITY Premium Edition Gold leather Mateo shoes.
    Premium quality: Finest full-grain leather, materials and craftsmanship.
    Built by experts right here in the DTLA!
    The ultra sweet, full-grain gold leather for these shoes was personally sourced for you by COMUNITY's designer, Ryan.

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    MIXED GOLD - Mateo

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    One pair our awesome, premium, hand-crafted COMUNITY shoes. Choose from any of our styles, including the Premium Gold Edition.
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    PLUS Metro Bike Tour of the LA Arts District with the COMUNITY team. We'll visit with local entrepreneurs, sip artisanal coffee, sip artisanal brews.
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    • PLUS a custom COMUNITY Market Bag filled with curated community surprises.
    • PLUS Metro Bike Tour of the LA Arts District with the COMUNITY team. We'll visit with local entrepreneurs, sip artisanal coffee, sip artisanal brews.
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    Custom COMUNITY shoe. Super-deluxe, super-cool supporters will get this super-deluxe-cool treatment. Become the super-coolest kid on your block, by far. Work with the almost cool COMUNITY team to create your very own, unique pair of premium COMUNITY shoes.
    - Materials selected by you.
    - Colorway selected by you.
    - Style named by you.
    - Kicks worn by you.
    Style will be featured on our website (comunitymade.com) as a limited edition for Holiday 17 release.
    PLUS Metro Bike Tour of the LA Arts District with the COMUNITY team. We'll take you on a tour of our footwear factory for a behind the scenes look at how our shoes are made and then we will visit with our local entrepreneurs, sip artisanal coffee, sip artisanal brews.
    Oh, and we’ll transport you from anywhere in the USA to our COMUNITY HQ in LA’s burgeoning Arts District for two days of coolness. You’ll sleep on our super-special couch or in a nice hotel for two nights. Your choice.
    AND we’ll buy you lots of Blue Bottle coffee and donuts during your stay.

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