Sole sustainability. A step forward to more sustainable shoes


The project

The project will take thrown away shoes and give them a second life through design, disassembling the components and using them to produce new designer shoes. The project will also develop a sustainable stitchable sole to reduce use of glue, implementing a greener material, either recyclable or bio-based. The product will be designed in such a way as to eliminate the need for glue providing a sustainable approach for the fashion industry, and in addition, all the process will be carried out by hand, preserving the industry’s tradition in Europe and assuring that each pair of shoes is unique.

PETERSON STOOP (Netherlands)

PETERSON STOOP genderless footwear brand based in Amsterdam. Currently all products are designed and produced by the founders Jelske Peterson and Jarah Stoop. They recycle and upcycle sneakers that would otherwise have been thrown away. Both founders are MA and BA graduates from ArtEZ, University of Arts, Arnhem and The Royal College of Art, London. Their work is backed up by the numerous collaborative projects they have been involved in, working at a shoe repair shop and leather tannery.

Givans Fondi sas (Italy)

GIVANS FONDI SAS specialises in the production of soles. The company also has the EU eco-label certificate. Givans Fondi was established in 1994 in Sant’Elpidio a Mare, Italy. In 2011, they moved their factory to Monte Urano, in Marche, Italy. They produce soles for men and women from diverse materials (TPU, PVC and TR) and can also make personalised colours.