INLU creates playful shoes handcrafted by exceptionally talented Portuguese artisans. Did you know almost all the top-end brands manufacture in Portugal? Nature was our inspiration, together with a promising material: the highly versatile cork.
Our first collection is composed of men’s derbies and women’s mules and boots. With several variations and a multitude of colors, INLU shoes are perfect for those who love their style to exude personality.
These versatile lace-up Derby’s fuse premium Italian leather with fine cork fabric. Wear them with or without fringes depending on your look of the day. The soles are made of a lightweight microfibre combined with an outsole grip of 100% rubber for more traction and resistance in everyday wear.
Our pointed toe slip-on mules are handcrafted in Portugal. A trendy style that seamlessly combines premium leather with vibrant colored cork fabric, as well as soft suede and an innovative new material made out of cork sand and silver glitter. They also come with a leather contrast color lining and cushioned insole for extra comfort. Heel height: 1cm.
These timeless round toe medium heel boots will grant you a standout look. The fun combination of materials and contrast colors make these boots impossible to miss. They are finished with a fine leather sole and elegant gold zipper closure on the side. Heel height: 5cm.
Designed to be a classic round toe low heel ankle boot with a refreshing twist, our bootie boots are the perfect balance between flair and simplicity. They have a gold zipper closure and INLU's statement contrast color lining. Heel height: 1cm.
If you are looking for shoes that are stylish, comfortable, affordable that use high-end raw materials, INLU is your perfect match.
Our values are clear: collaboration, respect, trust, quality, kindness. We want to do the right things in the right way. Not the cheap way, nor the fast way. We are actively part of the #FashionRevolution international movement, showing you not only the hands but also the faces of our Portuguese talent.
Combining cork with leather gave us the opportunity to present shoes with a modern twist. Cork is light, durable, soft and recyclable. Our top Portuguese partner knows how to explore cork’s true potential and to create our unique colors.
Then we decided to be unpredictable. We joined the best leather from Italy that we sourced from the best Italian tanneries and selected it in order to guarantee the highest quality.
Portugal had a tragic year concerning summer fires, back in the summer of 2017 where more than 750 thousand acres of forest were lost and more than 100 people’s lives were taken. INLU joined Plant a Tree, a Portuguese NGO that develops a volunteer program dedicated to promoting and conserving the Portuguese native forest, as well as the indigenous plant species.
These are the faces of our dream team – all strong and determined women totally committed to the brand.
Inês Lebre has an extensive background in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship. The concept of INLU came from a deep desire to create a brand based on offbeat designs using unique materials, and crafted in her home country, Portugal.
Ana Fatia is an industrial designer; she thrives on the art of transforming raw materials. Ana was recognized as a young talent in 2012 during Milano Design Week and at "Now! Le off!," the Cité de la Mode et du Design on Paris Design Week.
As Rita Pinho puts it, “all I know is how to make shoes.” Rita makes sure her father's craftsmanship legacy stays alive and that their factory incorporate the most innovative processes and machines. Her international clients, with no exception, value the consistency in their quality, and so does INLU.
It took us 9 months to get here. After all, developing a new idea and bringing it to live is never easy. Once we get the funds from Kickstarter and your email with the order specifications, we can focus on the production. January 2019 is the latest date we expect to ship. Our partner is DHL express so once we send it from Portugal you can count on a delivery from 1-2 working days. Fast right?
The more you back, the more environmentally friendly we can be. If we reach $ 300,000, then 20,000 trees will be planted. Can you imagine? And for each stretch goal, we have compelling surprises, such as more variations and colors, an exclusive pair of socks and the ability to vote on the models of the '19 collection.
The earlier you buy, the bigger is the discount you get. If you can grab one of the first 120 limited super early birds you get 50% off retail price. If you couldn´t grab the first 120, you can always buy early bird at an also interesting 35% off. A very cool option is if you join a friend and get 40% off for 2 pairs or if you convince your entire family or group of friends to get the 45% or the 50% for 4 or 9 pairs. Go ahead, don´t be shy.
For a clearer understanding of the applied discounts applicable to our manufacturer's suggested retail price and how much the unit value differs depending on the pledge you backed, you can check in the table above.
Risks and challenges
We rely on our team to produce a perfect product – more than a team, every person involved with INLU is a partner. We are aware that we may encounter a few bumps along the way that could delay our scheduled delivery date. We are all on board and making sure that everything goes as planned, even if such issues occur. We will be in touch with you regularly (and will send photos)!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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