We are Charlie Butler. We’ve created a good looking, handmade and cruelty-free shoe that you can wear to any occasion. Every Charlie Butler shoe is designed by us and is handmade specifically for your feet, for extreme comfort. Read on to see why everyone is enthusiastic about their Charlie Butlers.
One of the most important things with any product is how good it looks. For Charlie Butlers, we focused on a simple, sharp and slightly bold aesthetic.
We want our customers to be wearing our shoes for years to come, so the styling has to be beautiful and timeless.
Here’s what our customers are saying:
★★★★★ "Your shoes are beautiful!"
★★★★★ "The shoes are beautiful and fit well."
★★★★★ "The quality looks fab as usual. Beautifully made and such soft material. As soon as I put my foot in the first one, I suddenly understood why my son and husband love wearing their [Charlie Butlers] so much - this is comfort on another scale!!"
★★★★★ "They look great and fit very well. The enclosed shoe bag is a nice touch."
★★★★★ "[Charlie Butlers are] great looking shoes, good price especially for hand-made."
★★★★★ "It's hard to find a nice pair of shoes / boots that are vegan. I have been wearing Doc Marten's vegan boots for a few years and it was nice to have another option. Being handmade was another good selling point."
★★★★★ "Received my shoes today. Very happy with them. Fit like a glove and feeling amazingly comfortable."
★★★★★ "I really do enjoy the design of the [Charlie Butlers] and can definitely notice the level of craftsmanship in the shoes. I would liken the comfort level of these shoes to that of the Cole Haan Zerogrands."
★★★★★ "I liked the look of the shoes and the fact that comfort was a key selling point."
★★★★★ "The shoes are very comfortable and probably the best looking pair I own."
At Charlie Butler we create beautiful products that join and improve your journey. Our products are sculpted by skilled craftspeople who have spent their entire lives bringing together elements in a beautiful dance - a amalgamation that creates function.
Meet David. He is a 32 year-old film-maker with a passion for hiking, photography and meditation. He likes the feeling of wearing handmade products and received his first pair of Charlie Butlers over a year ago. He now owns a second pair.
When you purchase a pair of Charlie Butlers you are buying our craftspeople’s love and service as much as you are our goods. David feels special knowing that his shoes were handmade by a man or woman - a friend who cared about him as the customer.
David realises that he also spends time perfecting his skills so that his audience enjoy his films. It’s a beautiful synergy. When we engage in a craft we are serving our fellow human beings and making another’s life easier and happier.
Almost no electricity is used in the process of making a pair of Charlie Butlers. David likes it that way - he’s old fashioned. “Handmade products are timeless,” he says.
Simple tools used to handcraft Charlie Butler shoes:
The human hand can't create the exact same thing twice. Small inflections and intonations in the way the materials are brought together make each shoe unique.
Each pair of Charlie Butlers takes four hours to hand produce. Charlie Butlers are cut by hand, stitched by hand, and even every individual hole is punched, you guessed it, by hand.
Just like David, we like things that are handmade. By making handmade shoes not only available but also affordable, we are keeping the culture alive and keeping awesome craftspeople and customers happy.
Firstly, the pattern for your shoe is drawn on our material. It is then cut using a regular pair of scissors, and each hole is punched by hand using a pen and a hammer.
The individual pieces are beaten together and stitched using a basic sewing machine, which is the first of only two machines used in the entire process.
The correct shoe last - the special cast that gives shape and size to the shoe - is then chosen based on your foot measurements.
The upper is then wrapped and nailed tight around the shoe last, and left aside to take shape.
Meanwhile, the soles are cut and moulded by hand. The upper is then hand stitched to the sole and cemented under heat and pressure to ensure a watertight fit. During this phase we use the second and final machine of the crafting process.
A craftsman hand stitches comfortable soles unto a Charlie Butler upper:
From there the insole is cut and decorated. The logo is pressed onto the insole material and it is placed inside the shoe.
The shoes are then brushed off to remove debris from the crafting process. The upper is oiled and shoe laces are put on.
The shoes are then put inside our roomy recycled cardboard box along with a drawstring carry bag, an extra set of shoelaces and a handwritten thank you note for you, our customer.
Your Charlie Butlers are now ready to be shipped.
★★★★★ "The workmanship & quality is simply outstanding. Can't wait to wear them out soon!"
When David makes films, he works irregular days and long hours. Some days he works for 16 hours, and other days he’s free to relax or play.
“I like not having to think about which shoe I have to wear on any given day. I know that my Charlie Butlers are sitting by the door, ready to take on the day. I also like that they’re very light,” comments David.
Simplicity is at the core of Charlie Butler’s design philosophy. In order to create a shoe that delivers performance, aesthetic appeal and comfort, we needed to remove all bells and whistles and get to the point: function!
Most shoes today are overly complicated and have too many layers and features. We wanted to start from scratch. We've removed a lot of unnecessary features to arrive at the core of our design. The result is a lighter, more comfortable and super functional shoe.
Black Selfridge boots, 360 degree view:
When designing our products, we rely on common sense; all you really need to do is make the product, test it and improve it. Rinse and repeat the process ten times and you have the winning formula - it’s called design by iteration.
Things used to be well thought out and built to and last a lifetime. But we've lost that now. In fact everything is made to break after a certain period so that you have to purchase again and again. We chose to go against this trend and build products that are simple, and just work. And last a bloody long time.
Unlike most shoes stocked in retail stores, our models aren't designed with the aim of staying on the shelves for a just few months. Each model made by Charlie Butler is worked on until it’s perfect and then we keep it on our catalogue for good.
Our design process is slow. Contrary to fast fashion, we create products that stand the test of time!
Brown Lewis boots, close-up view:
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We noticed that shoes with a bit of extra wiggle room around the toes were more comfortable. We took a shoe shape that we had already tested and loved and added a tinge of extra width to the toe area. The heel was kept narrow for stability and comfort. The result is a firm footed yet incredibly comfortable shoe shape.
Charlie Butlers come in three different widths, so no matter how your feet are shaped, we will have you covered. Note: if you have unusually large or small feet please contact us and we'll look into it for you.
Our super comfortable shoe last:
Our upper material is awesome. It’s thin and soft, yet strong and durable. It stretches to mould around your feet just like leather, and ages beautifully with each wear just like denim.
Our comfortable outsoles were designed with the help of Chiropractic doctor, Rayan Saberi. They are lightweight and flexible. As a result, Charlie Butlers look formal, but feel like sneakers.
Charlie Butler soles are lightweight and super comfortable to stand on:
That's our design mantra. Bring good quality parts together, keep things simple and you have the winning formula.
“It is a comfortable classic shoe I can wear in a wide range of situations,” says David.
Here's what other customers had to say:
★★★★★ "They fit perfectly."
★★★★★ "They are super comfy and I can't wait to break them in.”
Meet Efe. She's an animal lover and enjoys hanging out with friends in her spare time. “I don't want to see animal hurt for the fashion I wear,” comments Efe.
We wanted to create a great shoe from the outset, with vegan materials. We wanted to break the stigma that leather shoes are better than non-leather shoes. Instead of using leather we designed and developed our own material over six months of testing and development.
We are proud to say that Charlie Butlers contain no leather, suede, fur, wool, silk or any other animal product.
“I love the vegan leather used on my Charlie Butlers. It’s super soft and comfortable” says Efe.
We love our material too. It's the perfect material for a strong and versatile shoe. Here are some of its features:
- It’s soft, flexible and comfortable.
- It expands to mould around your feet, just like leather. This allows for a unique and personal fit.
- Just like denim, it ages beautifully with each wear expressing a character unique to you.
- It's waterproof - the material does not get wet.
- It’s dirt and stain resistant, which means you can wear it for months, give it a clean and it'll look like new.
- It's bacteria and fungus resistant. As a result, Charlie Butlers don't get smelly.
At Charlie Butler we make cruelty-free shoes widely available and easy to purchase, for vegans and non-vegans alike.
“I love that I can finally buy a pair of comfy shoes that are cruelty-free” says Efe.
Because Charlie Butlers are more expensive to produce than average shoes, we made sure that they are a good investment. After all, why would anyone choose a more expensive product if the quality wasn’t much better?
When you purchase a pair of Charlie Butlers we don’t just give you a sizing chart and ask you to choose a size. We take your foot measurements. We then use your measurements to choose the size that will fit you best - we craft the perfect size shoes specifically for your feet.
Knowing you’ll get the perfect size shoes makes Charlie Butlers a smart purchase.
Comfort & health
Often times, shoes that are suitable for the office aren’t very comfortable. Similarly, comfortable walking shoes do not meet the standards for what you can wear in the office.
Charlie Butlers are beautiful and can be worn to the office. But they are also super comfortable from the very first wear. By day three you’ll love the way they feel on your feet.
Uncomfortable shoes can cause health problems. A comfortable shoe does wonders for your stride, feet and back.
Our comfortable soles are designed with the help of Chiropractic doctor Rayan Saberi for improved spine health (more information about Rayan can be found here).
A comfortable shoe is a good investment.
Versatility & practicality
Charlie Butler shoes are super versatile and capable. Our materials are rugged and weatherproof and our soles are flexible and durable. As a result you can take Charlie Butlers almost anywhere.
We know this because we’ve tested them extensively in the the following situations:
- Long days at work behind the computer
- Full day photography and video shoots
- Going out with friends
- Baby sitting our nieces and nephews
- A night out on the town
- In the gym lifting weights
- Running the dog
We’ve done even more extreme things in them (that we don’t recommend for you to try) such as:
- Hiking long distances
- Various sports like indoor soccer
And they’ve stood up and shined in all our tests. Here have a look:
Charlie Butlers in the Indonesian forest:
Charlie Butlers on the Futsal court:
Charlie Butlers are also versatile in terms of what you can wear them with! Because we mix a formal upper with versatile soles, you can wear Charlie Butlers with many different looks for many different occasions.
For example, a customer purchases a pair of brown Richmond shoes and a pair of black Decker boots. These two pairs Charlie Butlers can be worn with formal, smart or casual attire.
Charlie Butlers worn with formal/work attire:
Charlie Butlers worn with smart attire:
Charlie Butlers worn in a casual setting:
Charlie Butlers worn with denim shorts:
Charlie Butlers can be worn in 90% of occasions, becoming your go-to shoe.
David agrees: “It’s nice not having 20 shoes cluttering up the house. I have two pairs of Charlie Butlers that I can rely on to take me confidently into any occasion.”
Charlie Butlers can replace a closet full of shoes. Imagine the 6 shoes it replaces at $100 each. At $135.00 USD (early bird price) for a pair of Charlie Butlers, that’s a seriously good investment.
When you purchase a pair of Charlie Butlers you will receive the following:
- A cool recycled shoebox with a crossword puzzle and information about your purchase.
- A handwritten thank you note with signatures from the founders of Charlie Butler.
- A drawstring carry bag.
- An extra pair of shoelaces.
Have a look at our unboxing video with Nathan:
We mean it when we say that we’ll fulfil your order on time. Actually, we’ll probably deliver your shoes earlier. This is our second crowdfunding campaign and we have a proven track record.
Here are some comments we received when we did our last Kickstarter:
★★★★★ “Delivered on time. Fast communication.”
★★★★★ “Excelled in every area. Zero complaints from the consumer’s end.”
★★★★★ “Production was excellent.”
★★★★★ “Delivered on time. Fast communications.”
Here’s our timeline for this Kickstarter:
21 December: the Kickstarter will end and we will stop taking orders.
4 January: The payment from Kickstarter will clear in our bank account. By that time we will already be in Indonesia.
6 January: Start of production.
24 February: Shoes have been produced.
27 February: Shipments start.
10 March: You’re wearing your shoes.
Have a question? Post it in the comment section or send us a private message and we will answer you straight away.
We know that our customers pay the bills and keep the lights on at Charlie Butler HQ, so we give them the best service imaginable.
Here's what our customers are saying about our level of service:
★★★★★ "Appreciate your honesty and open communication, I have backed over 600 projects and only a rare handful falls into your category."
★★★★★ "Thanks so much for your incredibly accountable customer service. I'll be sporting these shoes all over town."
★★★★★ "Thank you for checking up on the feet measurements, I really appreciate your attention to detail."
★★★★★ "You guys are the best. I’ll be a customer for life. I’ve been looking for good vegan shoes for a long time."
Our customer service has the human touch. Purchase a pair of Charlie Butlers and see for yourself.
Our brand has been featured in the following awesome publications. Please note some of these features happened during our last Kickstarter campaign when our brand name was PIGEON Shoes:
Our rewards are simple - all models of shoes and boots carry the exact same price.
So if you back us, you can choose which ever model you prefer, from the below list - shoe or boot!
If you are a champion and decide purchase two or three pairs, you can choose any combination of models you wish.
Note that the prices shown on the diagram below are for the early bird specials, so please get in quick and save.
Have a question? Post it in the comment section or send us a private message and we will answer you straight away.
Please note that our prices are listed in Australian Dollars. If you're viewing from the US, this is great news for you. The Australian dollar is considerably weaker than the US dollar so this means an even cheaper buy for you.
For example, if you purchase an early bird special you're only paying $135.00 USD for a pair of handmade Charlie Butlers - delivered! That's a great deal.
Our campaign only runs for 28 days, so get 'em while they last!
All of the below models - boots and shoes - are available to all backers, and carry the exact same price!
These brown Derby shoes feature a formal upper with broguing patterns. Great for wearing to work, but also casually with a pair of blue jeans.
Here's a 360 degree view of a pair of Crawfords:
Black Derby shoes with a formal upper, also with broguing patterns (same as above, but in black). Great for wearing to work, but also with smart/casual attire.
Here's a 360 degree view of a pair of Chandlers:
Oxford shoes are usually worn in formal settings as the uppers don’t feature the decorative perforations. The shoes look professional while staying super comfortable.
Here's a 360 degree view of a pair of Richmonds:
Similarly, these black Oxford shoes are more formal as they don’t have the decorative perforations. They look professional while staying super comfortable.
Here's a 360 degree view of a pair of Paxtons:
These timeless brown Derby boots feature decorative perforations on the upper. They look awesome with a pair of blue jeans, or even with blue work pants.
Here's a 360 degree view of a pair of Benedicts:
Black Derby boots also feature the decorative perforations. These boots are very versatile and can be worn in smart, formal and casual settings. Just a side note, the Deckers are our best selling boot.
Here's a 360 degree view of a pair of Lyndons:
Not all of our models are available during this Kickstarter - for example our super comfortable Chelsea boots. The rest of our models will be made available later exclusively through our online store.
We are offering two stretch goals during this Kickstarter.
Stretch goal #1: Oxford style boots
If the fans help us get to $100,000 we will make Oxford style boots (brown and black) available to everyone. These Oxford style boots are similar to Derby boots, but without the decorative patterns. They have a simple design and look awesome.
If you want a pair of these awesome Oxford boots, please pledge to our campaign and share the word with friends and family. You won't regret it. As a side note, the Lewis boots were featured in our Kickstarter video.
Stretch goal #2: Extra color upper
If the fans help us get to $150,000 we will make an extra color upper available to all backers.
That means you can get any of the above models, not only in black or brown, but also in one extra color.
We will be picking the new color based on popular vote. To vote please go to the comments section of this project and leave a comment with your favourite color. We will count the votes and make the extra color available to all backers.
You have the following options:
Great news! We've partnered with a Postal service to offer absolutely free shipping for all backers to over 225 nations.
Buy a product from us and we'll ship it to you for for free - no matter where on this beautiful planet you live.
If you are unsure about delivery to your destination, please leave a comment in the comment section or send us a private message and we will answer you straight away.
We’ve ordered shoes online before and it can be terrible process. So we made it easy.
Our shoes are made to fit you.
Once the campaign ends we will send you a survey and collect you sizing information. We will do the hard work and choose the perfect size for you. You can relax and wait for the perfect size shoes to arrive to your door.
We offer shoe sizes ranging from very small to very large. And options for normal, thin and wide feet. So purchase knowing that we have your size available.
If your feet are very special (extra small, large, wide or narrow) please message us through Kickstarter before ordering.
Charlie Butlers are worn by men and women alike and look awesome on both sexes.
Worn by men Charlie Butlers look masculine and confident. At some stage we realised the shoes also look really cool on our female friends. Worn by women they look hip and edgy.
There was a time when a non-leather shoe was just an afterthought. It annoyed us having to wear terrible shoes that caused our feet to blister. So we solved the problem.
Charlie Butlers are made by humans. We work with a group of trusted craftsmen and women in Indonesia. The shoemaking craft is proud, alive and strong in this part of the world. These are some of the best shoemakers in the world and have decades of experience hand crafting shoes.
Each shoe design starts in Australia. We regularly fly to Indonesia and work extensively with our shoemakers to create the perfect shoe through multiple cycles of testing and iteration.
Faran designs the shoes and makes sure the quality of the product is 100%. He also keeps customers happy, so if you email us, you're probably talking to him.
Erfan is the guy that makes sure you hear about Charlie Butler. Without him we would just have a great product and no fans. He's also behind the scenes making sure all of the technology works.
Nathan is our ideas man. He comes up with ways to tell our story and communicate with our fans. He's also great at editing video.
Shidan helps Faran design amazing products. He also models the shoes and is our photographer.
Joel shoots and edits our awesome videos. If you liked our Kickstarter video, thank Joel.
We encourage you to use the comments section of this project to post your questions.
You can also use the comment section to start discussions around our project or related themes.
If you have a question about sizing or shipping, it's best to send us a private message.
We have implemented a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
If you’re not 100% happy with your pair of Charlie Butlers just send them back to us and we will refund your money.
If we make a mistake in sizing or send a faulty pair of shoes we'll replace your Charlie Butlers for free.
Follow the instructions that we will send you, use care when measuring your feet and know that our 100% satisfaction guarantee will keep you safe.
Getting our project off the ground requires attention and media coverage. Please share our story with your friends and family.
Also let us know if you know someone that runs a great blog, so we can feature on there too! We will be very grateful.
Risks and challenges
In production, delays can sometimes cause frustration. Fortunately we have strong ties with our suppliers and have a tried and tested product and delivery process.
Furthermore we have given ourselves a comfortable 3 month window to make sure that we deliver on time. To be honest, we are confident that we will deliver your Charlie Butlers to you early, as we did in our last Kickstarter campaign back in 2015.
We are very confident that we will delight you, our customer.
Furthermore our 100% satisfaction guarantee protects our customers from disappointment. If you're not happy with your purchase, just send it back and we'll refund your money with a smile.
We do have a proactive approach to risk management. If you'd like to hear more just contact us on email@example.com and we'll send you more information.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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