D’BRIS FOOTWEAR – OUR SHOES ARE TRASH
D’BRIS ORIGINAL SHOE – ALL BLACK
D’BRIS comes from the word debris. Debris means scattered pieces of trash or
remains. That is what D’BRIS shoes are made from. Our shoes are trash. It all began
at a skatepark while complaining over a broken shoe and the lack of sustainable
options. Shoes get worn out quickly and as surfers, we have experienced first-hand
pollution in the oceans. It took more than a year to get here and a half-year goose
chase through France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain to find transparent suppliers to make
this project come to life. This was no easy task. Getting laughed at by the major fashion
suppliers for textile companies at a tradeshow is really what fueled our vision and
curiosity. We asked 100’s of industry leaders why there aren’t more sustainable options
on the market? No one had a clear answer.
To date, we have managed to make a competitively priced handcrafted shoe made from
ocean plastic and car tires. We aim to inspire other companies and industries to take
similar courses in actions when it comes to sustainability in order to ensure a brighter
future for our planet.
D’BRIS makes shoes, but their purpose goes beyond. They want to open people’s eyes
to how our habits are harming the planet we so much depend on. D’BRIS inspires
people to take action and enforce a necessary change that is long overdue.
Handmade in Spain
We have partnered up with a manufacturer in Spain that has made shoes for more than
half a century. The factory is at the forefront when it comes to sustainability using solar
power and recycling leftover materials. Most materials are also sourced close by in
Spain. For us, it was vital that all our partners/suppliers in our supply chain shared the
same principles as ourselves when it comes to working conditions, fair wages, and time
off to enjoy life outside of work.
Breakdown of materials used and packaging:
Whether the materials are made from oil, organic plants, or the skin from an animal,
everything has a negative impact on the environment. The less raw material the better.
That is why we use repurposed or recycled materials.
The majority of the outer soles are made from car tires, which is complemented with a
mix of natural rubber and recycled rubber scraps. The upper canvas is made from
high-quality polyester yarn made from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic. Between
5-10% of this is captured directly from the oceans and beaches by local fishermen and
NGOs. On the inside, we have added cotton to increase the comfort of the shoe. The
cotton is 50% recycled and the other 50% is certified organic cotton. Same thing with
the laces. The insoles are made from PU, EVA, and cork, all recycled scraps from the
factory. D’BRIS shoes help preserve natural resources and keep the oceans cleaner.