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WE SUPPORT TRADITIONAL SHOEMAKERS

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.

Currently, we work with three projects in Serbia, Greece and Portugal.

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NOVI PAZAR, SERBIA

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founded in 1922

Sorbas Produktion nachhaltig Europa

12 employees

Sorbas Produktion nachhaltig

Cooperation since 2015

INNOVATION MEETS TRADITION

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. We have also enabled the access of innovative materials and are proudly contributing to the long-term prosperity of the company.

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EUROPEAN SHOEMAKING CRAFTMANSHIP

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.

A 3RD GENERATION FAMILY BUSINESS

The family has been making shoes since 1922 and the business is now in the hands of the third generation. Together with the family, there are 10 shoemakers and sewers working in the production. The business is led by sisters Mesa and Ajtana who have recently inherited it from their father. Most of the staff have been working in the business for years, some even for decades. Traditional, old shoemaker machines support the predominantly handmade production.

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WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED SO FAR?

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4 new employees

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100 % increas in wages

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Introduction of plant materials

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PORTO, PORTUGAL

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Founded in 1993

Sorbas Produktion nachhaltig Europa

35 employees

Sorbas Produktion nachhaltig

Cooperation since 2018

QUALITY FROM EUROPE'S SHOE CENTER

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.

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SUSTAINABLE SNEAKERS AND BACKPACKS

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.

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CORFU, GREECE

1

Founded in 1988

Sorbas Produktion nachhaltig Europa

3 employees

Sorbas Produktion nachhaltig

Cooperation since 2017

HANDMADE SANDALS FROM THE GREEK ISLANDS

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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Shoe Production Europa sustainable

WE SUPPORT TRADITIONAL SHOEMAKERS

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.

Currently, we work with three projects in Serbia, Greece and Portugal.

SORBAS shoes production Europe overview

NOVI PAZAR, SERBIA

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INNOVATION MEETS TRADITION

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.

Since the beginning our journey together in 2015, we have ensured significantly higher wages and improved working conditions for the shoemakers and sewers. We have also enabled the access of innovative materials and are proudly contributing to the long-term prosperity of the company.

The collaboration with our shoemakers was established together with the development agency USAID.

WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED SO FAR?

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PORTO, PORTUGAL

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QUALITY FROM EUROPE'S SHOE CENTER

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.

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.

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CORFU, GREECE

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FROM GREECE WITH LOVE

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. They are the perfect companion for warm days under a Mediterranean sun. 

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