How do we make our shoes !
CLAE’s commitment to innovation and design has yielded a distinct collection of smart essentials for the modern man.Taking extra steps by using premium leathers and materials, and emphasizing uncommon comfort and versatility, CLAE creates footwear that evolves and endures.
We owe a great deal to the quality of our leathers and beyond that, we can ensure that the manufacturing processes are in line with our ecological and social commitments.
We have therefore made sure that the leathers of our sneakers meet these specifications, via certified tanneries audited by the Leather Working Group.LWG only approves independent experts with experience in the leather manufacturing industry and comprehensive knowledge of the LWG standards to conduct audits on their behalf. LWG awards Bronze, Silver, or Gold certification to tanneries that have proactively reduced their environmental footprint by integrating renewable energies, reducing their energy and water consumption, finding new markets for waste, and improving the traceability of the leather.
Recycled P.E.T from plastic bottles
In our perpetual search to minimize our environmental footprint, we are developing innovative materials through upcycling. Our investment in Research & Development and our high-quality standards ensure sustainable,premium, and long-lasting materials and components. Domestic waste (that might otherwise end up in landfills or oceans) is given new life by being transformed into recycled mesh uppers, laces, linings, or even some soles. It’s impossible to differentiate between recycled and conventional, except for adrastic and unprecedented transformation in favor of a new way of consuming fashion
Vegan and synthetic materials
We are very committed to this initiative and it is certainly our most ambitious project. Thus 1/3 of our collection to date does not contain any components of animal origin. Our goal is to increase this quota which offers a sustainable alternative to traditional leather.
By favoring organic vegan materials, we are convinced that our daring innovations of today will be solutions for tomorrow.
We have pioneered the very first sneaker made from cactus, developed incollaboration with the Mexican company DessertoⓇ. This technical achievement provides a concrete solution to the problems of the leather industry.
Our organic cotton is certified and cultivated according to the Global OrganicTextile Standard (GOTS) which guarantees socially responsible and environmentally friendly manufacturing:
· Low water consumption
· Growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility, and builds biologically diverse agriculture
· No GMO
· No harmful chemicals
· No dyes or inks classified as allergenic
Hemp is a sustainable organic material that cultivates faster and requires 50%less water compared to cotton. Hemp even has the particularity of regenerating the soil on which it grows. Its fiber is very resistant and antibacterial which makes it an ideal material for our silhouettes.
After years of R&D, we have also developed a Vegan material, entirely composed of polyester, its performance is close to premium leather ones.
Our boxes, packaging and hang tags are made from 70% recycled cardboard and paper