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.

FAQs

Simply put indie businesses do not answer to outside investors. In technical terms it means that controlling ownership is held by insiders rather than outside investors. Many kinds of business fit under this umbrella including, small businesses, social enterprises, cooperatives, and steward-owned companies. Who doesn’t fit are large corporations and venture capital fuelled start-ups.

We also believe it is important that indie businesses have a bigger purpose than just making money. And that they are not be trying to take over the world (e.g. relatively small scale).

Independent brands are more reliable and trustworthy because the profit motive does not govern everything they do. Here’s a list of the things that are less likely or impossible for small, purpose-driven, independent businesses:

  1. Hyper focusing on growth
  2. Greenwashing
  3. Worker wage theft
  4. Excessive executive pay 
  5. Corporate tax avoidance
  6. Modern Slavery
  7. Product quality erosion
  8. Price gouging
  9. Padding the fortunes of Wall Street and the ultra wealthy (Phil, Nassef, Barbey fam, Jim D, Robert, or Aldo)

First we check to see if companies meet the prerequisite of not being beholden to outside investors. Then we look to see where they stand out against our eight Good Footwear Principles. Our evaluation is based on publicly available information and is supplemented with interviews and documentation from our brand partners. After reviewing hundreds of footwear brands we have developed a keen eye for distinguishing genuine sustainability claims from the rest.

You can read more about our vetting process here.

We do not hold inventory or sell shoes ourselves. Our platform will redirect you to our brand partner websites to make purchases directly from them.

Most of our brands ship worldwide. However, there are some exceptions such as, Vesica Piscis and Mela, who prefer to keep things local. Please check brand websites for shipping details.

Shipping costs vary by company and destination. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay up to $30 USD for shipping. However, many brands offer free shipping within their home country or region. Supporting local is the best way to save money and transport emissions.

Tip: Use the “Region” filter on the shop page to see which brands are in your area.

The best way to avoid import duties (as well as shipping fees) is to shop local where possible. You can use our “Region” filter to see which brands are closest to you.

However, if you order from an international brand import taxes, or customs duties and fees, may be charged by the country receiving the shipment. You will have to pay any applicable fees when your shipment arrives. These fees are determined by national governments and the international trade agreements they have in place. You can use this online duty calculator to estimate the possible import cost.

Duty rates for buyers in Canada:

Made in North America (e.g. Cano and Unis) are duty free according to CBSA.

Made or sold elsewhere may have up to 20% duty fee.

Canada has trade agreements with many countries that can also minimize import fees. These include: CUKTCA (UK), CETA (EU), and CPTPP (Japan-Asia Pacific).

Duty rates for buyers in US:

Made in Africa Brands (e.g. Sole Rebels) are duty free via AGOA trade agreement.

Please do! We are always looking out for cool indie footwear brands that are doing things different. You can jump over to our contact page to leave a message, shoot us an email at info@cobbledgoods.com, or DM us on Instagram @cobbledgoods.

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