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SORBAS supports traditional shoemakers

SORBAS integrates small and traditional shoemakers in the modern value chain and thereby secures the future of family businesses and their staff. By choosing small and trustworthy shoemakers for the production, we support the local population and development. Currently, we work with shoemakers in Serbia and Greece.

Traditional manufacture

SORBAS has brought its Berlin design to Serbia and works together with a family that has been making shoes for more than three generations. This creates the opportunity for the shoemakers to tap into a market outside of their home country and secures the future of their business and staff. Together we establish a production site for fair shoes. Most SORBAS shoes are made in Serbia, but we also make shoes in Greece. Currently, the Serbian shoemaker family is mainly making shoes for us and we considerably help to secure the future of the business.

Made in Europe

The shoe industry in Serbia has a long tradition. In Serbia, they have always made shoes for the local market. However, since more and more cheap shoes are imported from the Middle East, the situation for local shoe makers is getting harder. SORBAS wants to offer a bright future to the family business and is establishing a shoe production site for fair shoes together with the family.

Made by a family business

The family has been making shoes since 1922, the business is now in the hands of the third generation. Together with the family, there are approximately 10 shoemakers and seamstresses working in the shoemakers shop. The business is led by the sisters Mesa and Atjana, who have recently inherited it from their father. Most of the staff has been working in the business for years, some even for decades. There are typical, old shoemakers machines in the shop. Mainly however, the shoes are made by hand.

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Handmade sandals

Our sandals are made by the experienced sandal maker Stelios, who has learned the art of making sandals from his father. We promote the maintenance of this traditional workmanship und make sure that you feel good when the weather is nice – as if you were walking beneath the Greek sun. The leather from which the sandals are made is also from Greece and it is vegetable-tanned.

Because we manufacture inside the EU, we can make sure that the working conditions and the environmental standards are high. Our sandals are available in 4 colors and currently only available in leather. We are working on developing a vegan model that probably will be launched in the beginning of next year.

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