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OUR PRODUCTION
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WE WORK WITH SMALL SHOEMAKING COMPANIES ACROSS EUROPE
OUR SHOEMAKERS KNOW THEIR CRAFT BY HEART
AND WORK WITH PASSION
WE SUPPORT INNOVATION
AND ETHICAL LABOUR CONDITIONS
FOR THE FUTURE OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP
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VALUES

 

At SORBAS, we believe that the best shoes cannot be achieved without innovation and ethics. To create shoes of the highest quality, we opted for an independent manufacturing in Europe – away from the trenches of oversea mass production. 

 

SHOEMAKING

 
We integrate traditional shoemakers into modern supply chains, securing the future of family businesses and their staff. By choosing small and trustworthy shoemakers for our production, we support local communities and their development. Our partners are real shoemakers. Often having inherited their skills from their family, working together for decades. 

 

INNOVATION

 
We believe that good shoes should be sustainable. That is why we go beyond tradition and invest into innovative materials and production methods. For our shoemakers this often involves new methods and innovates their business. Our approach is to spread innovation and sustainability and share our or knowledge.  

PROJECTS

Did you know, that transport to Germany from our European manufactures is about 15x shorter than it would be from China. In comparison that saves about 16350 kilometers per pair of shoes. Great! Especially since 9 out of 10 pairs of shoes sold in Europe are made in Asia.
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WE SUPPORT TRADITIONAL SHOEMAKERS IN EUROPE

At SORBAS, we believe that the best shoes cannot be achieved without innovation and ethics. To create shoes of the highest quality, we opted for an independent manufacturing in Europe – away from the trenches of oversea mass production. We integrate traditional shoemakers into modern supply chains, securing the future of family businesses and their staff. By choosing small and trustworthy shoemakers for our production, we support local communities and their development.

 

MADE IN EUROPE

Quality is close by. Designed in Berlin and made in Europe. Currently we are producing in Portugal, Serbia and Greece.  

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MADE BY SHOEMAKERS

We work with traditional small shoemaking companies across Europe and people, who are using their skilled hand to make shoes for generations

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LESS TRANSPORT

Did you know, that transport to Germany from our European manufactures is about 15x shorter than it would be from China. In comparison that saves about 16350 kilometers per pair of shoes. Great! Especially since 9 out of 10 pairs of shoes sold in Europe are made in Asia.

 

SERBIA

SORBAS has brought its contemporary design and ethical footwear approach to Serbia. There, we are working with a family who have been in the shoemaking business for three entire generations. This cooperation creates an opportunity for the shoemakers to access new markets outside of their home country, while securing the future of their business and staff. In return, we are blessed with access to incredible know-how in traditional shoemaking. Great!

Nowadays, most of our shoes are made in Serbia and the family company is our main supplier. Since the beginning our journey together in 2015, we have ensured significantly higher wages and improved working conditions for the shoemakers and sewers. 

From the very beginning, it was imperative for us that our products were made close to home. Shorter transport routes, better quality control and the ensuring of proper working standards are some of the main benefits. The shoe industry in Serbia has a long tradition in producing high-quality footwear for the regional market. However, with increasing imports from the Far East, the situation for Serbian shoe makers is becoming quite difficult.

We strive to offer a bright future to the family business and their local community by establishing a production site for ethically made shoes.

 

PORTUGAL

Some of our shoes are made in beautiful Portugal. The region surrounding the country’s second largest city Porto is considered the center for European shoe production. Even though Asia is a huge competitor to the European production, Portugal still has a vibrant network of both shoemakers and suppliers. The focus has shifted towards a high-quality and modern production, with sustainability now being at the very core of portuguese shoemaking. This has secured an incredible amount of “shoe know-how” and an access to innovative materials.

The production site for our “Made in Portugal” shoes is lead by Paolo, who ensures a very clean and appropriate work environment. In Portugal, we mainly craft sustainable shoes and sneakers with natural cork from the portuguese cork oak, and recycled canvas from Spain. Our backpacks are also made in a small firm next to our portuguese shoe production. Here, a small team of around five sewers work with a high attention to detail to create our durable backpacks. The company is certified by PETA for only implementing vegan materials.

 

GREECE

All of our sandals are crafted by the experienced sandal maker Stelios, who learned the art of sandal making from his father in law. We are proud to promote this traditional workmanship in order to keep the amazing craft alive. The attention to detail and quality allows for incredibly durable and beautiful sandals to be made. The leather used for the sandals by Stelios derives from Greece and is vegetable-tanned for increased comfort and longevity. They are the perfect companion for warm days under the Mediterranean sun.

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