We created ARNO out of our shared passion for thoughtful handcraft. In a world of fast fashion, shoes are often made to look good on the shelf with the added bonus of a low price tag. The downside is, those shoes disintegrate quickly, lasting a few years before the uppers start looking aged and the soles come unglued. The materials most shoes are made of are derived from fossil fuels, which will either release carbon back into the atmosphere when burned, or end up taking up space in a landfill for a few millennia. ARNO embraces the idea of slow fashion. Shoes made with traditional manufacturing methods, meant to be worn hard for decades, and repaired when needed to extend their life. We use leather from the most respected tanneries in the world, who conform to industry standards on sustainability. One of our favorite leathers to work with, Kudu, is on the more sustainable end of the spectrum. The animal is not farmed, it lives in the wild and is hunted for its meat as well as its hide. We used vegetable tanning where we can as the materials can break down (long after your use) more readily and safely.
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