THE HISTORY OF INDOSOLE
In 2004, on his first trip to Indonesia, our founder Kyle Parsons' flip flop broke.
He wanted something truly unique to Bali and had a pair of authentic Balinese sandals
made for himself with tires as the soles. As Kyle started to do some research,
he realized the ever-growing trash problem and wanted to make a change.
He came up with one solution to the problem: Using sandals as the new
vehicle for this used tire material.
Indosole was born.
The idea of turning tires into soles came from the Indonesian people.
Through ingenuity they, like many cultures around the world, managed
to turn trash into something functional and new.
Each year 1.5 billion tires are being discarded worldwide. These tires never decompose and
become a breeding ground for deadly diseases: dengue, malaria, and zika. 60% of Indonesia’s
waste tires are being collected by factories and burned, releasing toxic gasses into the air and
oil into the ground. At Indosole, we take these waste tires and repurpose them into durable, long lasting soles. So far we have prevented over 100,000 tires from reaching landfills and given them new life as soles of our footwear.
We dedicated the last 10 years to being the environmental keepers of the future. We merged artisan skill with corrective impact, developing a laborious shoemaking process that transforms tires to soles by hand. Through this analog technology and circular thinking we've already saved over 100,000 tires from landfills! However, when looking at the exponential rate of industrial world waste, we realized we had to up our game. We had to set out to help prevent the environmental hiccup of the future. To do this, a breakthrough technology was needed that could address mass scale. It is from this idea that Indosole aspired to double growth while significantly reducing global negative impact.
OUR ORIGINAL PROCESS
Using artisanal methods, we developed our unique up-cycling process. Each pair is handmade with the traditional methods of making footwear. In order to cater to our unique process of creating footwear, some of our machines were even handmade. Since our machinery is hand operated, we leave no carbon footprint throughout the production of each pair of Indosoles. Carefully sewn and quality controlled to ensure each product lives up to our high quality standards.
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