Mindo by Saola
Saola’s feather-light, ultra-breathable sneakers are named after Ecuador’s nirvana of outdoor recreation and biodiversity – Mindo. The stretchy knit upper is made with recycled PET from plastic bottles and is easy to slip on and off with or without socks, while the partially recycled outsoles not only feel light and comfortable, but are kinder to the planet.
What is PET? It’s short for polyethylene terephthalate a type of plastic commonly found in food packaging and plastic water bottles. When recycled, PET goes through a cleaning, grinding, and melting process that results in thread, giving second life to plastic and reducing trash in our landfills. And what happens to this thread you might ask? Well, it’s then woven into various fabrics to create the comfy and stylish uppers for SAOLA shoes. If we didn’t tell you they were recycled shoes, you’d never know it. Each pair of SAOLA shoes contains between four and five recycled PET bottles. And one more thing. All Saola’s PET comes from a supplier that is accredited by the “Global Recycled Standard”, which ensures the traceability of the production line of these materials.
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Recycled materials – recycled PET uppers and EVA outsoles made with 20% recycled EVA
Natural materials – Insole made from natural cork and algae foam, organic cotton laces
Comfort – Super lightweight soles and breathable uppers
Colours: Burnt olive, fossil, navy, charcoal, white, obsidian, sand
Gender: Gendered sizing
Website language: English