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New Kota Colors for Fall

We've got news for the Kota lovers out there! Our signature high top, which was released last year in classic black and black palm batik panel, is now available in three new colors (just in time for fall!). First new color is Cream. It's a color that pops, yet is still a neutral, and it's the perfect addition to a closet filled with mostly darker colored footwear. Just think about how rad it will look against a backdrop of fall foliage. Available in Men's & Women's. Next color is Army, another great hue for fall. We love how the black laces...

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Pristine Vs. Spoiled

This photo has been making the rounds in the Bali community--a perfectly captured moment of men offloading garbage from a truck next to a temple gate in Central Bali. If you look closely you can see the men doing the offloading by hand and adding to the mountain of trash while smoke generated from the burning waste billows skyward, highlighted by rays of sunlight pushing through the foliage overhead. In this second photo (of the same red truck) you can really see the scale of the trash. The debris goes all the way down the ravine, consisting of plastic bags, single-use plastic...

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Indosole x SurfAid

If you're anything like the Indosole crew, you've traveled to a fair number of far-flung places in search of new experiences -- exchanging smiles and waves (and high-fives!) with children and adults in remote communities along the way. Unfortunately, many of the people in those communities suffer from preventable causes... But they don't have to. All they need is a little advice and expertise. This is why Indosole has partnered with SurfAid, a non-profit humanitarian organization that works to improve the health, well being, and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. We felt this partnership a natural fit as we share the...

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WATCH: Kyle Parsons At TEDxUbud

The wait is over! We are happy to finally share the video of Indosole founder Kyle Parsons at TEDxUbud 2016. It was quite the event, held within the stunning grounds of Fivelements Bali. The committee had gone to great lengths to put on a zero waste event (no plastic water bottles, plates made from compostable coconut leaves, etc.) and audience members were shuttled to the venue in buses fueled by used cooking oil (courtesy of GS Bio Bus--also speakers this year). Interest grew to the point that a simulcast was arranged at a separate location.Those who were able to attend the event or tune in from around the world via live...

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Plastic Free July

We have a challenge for you, and it's simple: Refuse single-use plastic during the month of July. Do this for a day, a week, or the rest of the month! Say no to ALL single-use plastic or try the TOP 4: plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups, and straws. Plastic is designed to last forever, yet every day people are using disposable plastic goods for only a few minutes and then throwing them away. This is a habit that we all must change! For more info on the plastic problem and fun ways you and your community can challenge yourselves go to www.plasticfreejuly.org. We found...

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We're Big In Japan!

Or at least, it feels that way after seeing our sandals pop up in one of their mags! We're stoked to see our Grass Mat sandal included in this Summer Beach Life 2016 roundup. Indosole's presence in Japan is still relatively small, but we're excited to grow there. Special shout out goes to the HASCO crew and the rad stores SHIPS Days, Tateisucanna, Ontade, Couleur, Clutch Aoyama, Annie Blue, Fleaker, and GO OUT for carrying Indos!  **It's best to keep the Grass Mats from getting too wet if you're looking to preserve the woven grass uppers, but a lot of Indo fans do it anyway. We'll leave that...

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Turning Trash Into Opportunity

At TEDxUbud 2016 Indosole founder Kyle Parsons got up on stage wearing an outfit made from trash, and the audience had no idea. To the naked eye his clothes looked no different from what the other speakers and audience members were wearing, but in reality most of it was made of recycled and upcycled materials: Sunglasses from old wooden baseball bats by Shwood Eyewear * Shirt made of recycled plastic bottles by Outerknown * Belt made of tire inner tubes by Green Guru * Socks made from recycled denim by OSOM * High Top Shoes featuring tire soles by Indosole (new color coming soon!) * Backpack made...

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Let's Push For Change

Many trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible way to get around for more people than they might realize. This month, pull your bike out of the shed or try pushing a skateboard. Join us for Bike to Work Week: May 16-20. Another option is to join us for just one day. Bike to Work Day falls on Friday, May 20. Even if you can't get to work this way, try going short distances on your own steam. Prioritize earth friendly transport. Let’s push for change and better habits. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram @indosole / #SolesWithSoul. We want to...

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Indosole at TEDxUbud

Our very own Kyle Parsons has been asked to speak at TEDxUbud 2016 in Bali, Indonesia! The event is just around the corner on May 28, and we could not be more excited or grateful for this platform. Kyle will be shining a spotlight on topics that we care deeply about such as conscious consumerism, curbing waste, and turning trash into opportunity.  For those who will be in Bali and would like to take part, tickets at Fivelements are no longer available but a live broadcast has been arranged at Rumah Sanur – head to the TEDxUbud Facebook page for details. We'll be sharing our experience at the sold out...

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Earth Day 2016

To all who came out to the Santa Barbara Earth Day festival last weekend, it was great to see you and thanks for celebrating with us. We have one more event coming up this weekend: a Beach Cleanup & BBQ. We will be cleaning up Ocean Beach in three different locations with the SF Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Sanfranpsycho, Java Beach, Noriega Produce, Lagunitas Brewing Co, Sports Basement, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and NobleSavage. Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends and family, show your appreciation for the Earth, and enjoy a free lunch voucher and music for volunteering. There will also be a sidewalk...

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Australia Dreaming

Good day, mate! I'm Kai and I handle Indosole's production in Indonesia as well as manage distribution and logistics in Southeast Asia and Australia. I recently had the opportunity to go Down Under. It was our first time introducing Indosole to Australia, which was pretty exciting. I did a loop to meet retailers, make friends, and see the sights. Planes, trains, and automobiles... You name it, I used it. It was great to meet up with so many special people. Two in particular, Mitch Sargent and his fiancée Alana Beales, took me in as one of their own, and Mitch expressed interest in helping Indosole grow in Australia....

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Saying 'Bye Bye' to Plastic Bags

A warm welcome goes out to the newest members of the Indosole Good Human Crew, Melati and Isabel Wijsen of Bye Bye Plastic Bags (BBPB)! The sisters (pictured at center) founded a social initiative that has been making massive strides towards a plastic bag-free Bali since its inception. It is always inspiring to see the youth care deeply about a cause, but these young ladies really take it to another level. It's non-stop for them--from organizing beach cleanups to attending conferences to giving a global TED Talk--all while being students at the Green School. They continue to blow us away with their hard work, achievements, perseverance, and leadership...

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Thanks El Nino

As we wave goodbye to winter and begin to greet spring, we thought it the perfect opportunity to look back at the 2015/2016 winter season. We connected with Trevor Rowedder, an up-and-coming big wave surfer who surfs right at the end of Noriega Street by Indosole HQ/ Church of Surf. He had a killer season at Mavericks and experienced a massive wipeout that definitely put things into perspective. More on that in our Q & A below:How long have you been surfing Mavericks?This winter of 2015/2106 was my second season out at Mavericks. I wanted to dedicate this winter to putting in as much time out there...

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Protect Where You Play

If you follow us on social media, you may have already read about our contest with Free & Easy Traveler (FNEZ) that is running until March 17. Yes, a free trip to Bali & the Gili Islands plus a prize pack from Indosole in exchange for posting a selfie on Instagram is very exciting, but what's even better is the fact that the winner will travel with a company that we love, which shares our belief that we as travelers should do our best to protect and give back to the places we visit. There are a number of Global Initiatives that FNEZ travelers can get involved in,...

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Bureo x Indosole Giveaway

We are teaming up with our friends Bureo to give away over $200 worth of goodies to two lucky winners! Each person will receive: a Bureo skate deck made from recycled fishing nets (retail value: $65), a Bureo Klean Kanteen to stay hydrated while refraining from using plastic bottles ($29), an Indosole canvas bag lined with repurposed rice sacks ($25), an Indo trucker hat ($20), and a pair of JJ shoes (Men's or Women's) featuring Indosole's signature repurposed tire soles ($65). Entering the giveaway is easy. All you have to do is head to Instagram and follow @indosole and @bureo, tag three friends, and leave a comment on who...

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