I’m happy to be writing about yet another local Vancouver-based company this week. SKYE Footwear, a shoe company just off the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign (they surpassed their goal of $30,000 USD to raise a total of $43,000 USD!), has now launched into retail with three styles now available for purchase on their website. Founded on the premise of offering comfortable and stylish unisex designs that work with busy, active lifestyles, the company has also developed their shoe in a way that mitigates their environmental footprint.
We all know that the fashion industry is extremely polluting. But did you know that it is the second most polluting industry that exists? The first being oil. Even with small numbers on price tags, the truth of the matter is that fast fashion comes at a high cost. One that affects human beings, the environment, and our local economy. The saddest part of all of this is that it looks like fast fashion is here to stay. SKYE Footwear goes against the fast fashion trend, by making their insoles and outsoles biodegradable and keeping a close hold on manufacturing so they can ensure they use ethical practices. Super cool. Their shoes and all of their packaging products are also designed to be minimum-use and animal-free.
Of their three available styles, The Lons, The Rbutus, and The Powll, I chose The Powll in beige because I loved the mod desert boot look. These shoes are seriously comfortable. Which makes sense because the upper is made with 4-way stretch breathable fabric (inspired by yoga pants), and their ultra-snug fit is laceless as a result of their patent-pending Look-lok system (inspired by stand-up paddle boards).
Interested in picking up your own pair of these Vancouver-inspired shoes? You can get 15% off by using cjdimmockSKYE at the checkout on their website!
*This blog post was sponsored by SKYE Footwear. As always, all opinions are my own.