Uncommon Footwear.
Common Good.
Uncommon Footwear.
Common Good.
Uncommon Footwear.
Common Good.
Uncommon Footwear.
Common Good.
Uncommon Footwear.
Common Good.
Uncommon Footwear.
Common Good.
Uncommon Footwear.
Common Good.

About us

Cobbled Goods curates unique kicks made with respect for makers and nature. We call it uncommon footwear, for the common good.

In our catalog you’ll find shoes made with everything from upcycled beach chairs to old car tires, and centuries-old traditional techniques. Many brands are going full circle by offering recycling programmes and resoling services for worn out pairs. Powered by a collective of indie footwear companies, we want to demonstrate a “for the people” alternative to big businesses.

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Our story

It began with a hole in my Nikes.

In 2014 I wore a hole through the mesh toe box of a new pair of Nike running shoes. As a student-athlete on a budget I was frustrated with the flimsy design. Luckily, my roommate dusted off an old pair of trainers for me. But I realised how disposable shoes have become since the era of cobblers just a couple generations ago.

Fast forward a few years, I was on the hunt for new shoes after finishing my masters in sustainability. It got me thinking bigger about how the mindset of making “more, cheaper, and faster” affects not just me as a customer but also the makers and nature behind goods like footwear. How could I know that the people making my shoes were treated fairly and my money wasn’t just lining the pockets of mega-corporations?

I started to look outside the mainstream for answers. And it didn’t take long to discover there is a whole world of alternative footwear. I ordered a beautiful pair of Oliberte boots. They were made with vegetable tanned leather and hand stitched in the worlds first Fair Trade footwear factory in Ethiopia. I was sold on the craftsmanship.

I decided more people should know about what’s out there. And they shouldn’t need to spend years studying sustainability and shoe making to discern genuine claims from greenwashing. Cobbled Goods has since been carefully curating the most sustainable shoes from independent brands around the world. These kicks are unique. Not just in how they’re made and what they’re made with. But also in that you’re unlikely to meet someone else wearing them.

New ways of doing things

At Cobbled Goods we aim to harness a network of smaller independent businesses to begin decentralizing the footwear industry from the bottom up (think of the rise of craft brewers). We want to leave behind the old systems of mass production. We want to showcase examples of how workers can be treated fairly, materials used thoughtfully, and wealth distributed to the people rather than funnelled to a few at the top.

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