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+Handcrafted slip-ons with soles made from up-cycled rubber
+Soft cushion padding on the bottom and inside
+Breathable cotton lining inside and bottom
+Natural, vegan cotton block printed fabric on the upper
+Shipped with a reusable cloth bag
Color: Black, White
Material: Block printed cotton fabric, upcycled tyre soles
- Wash light handedly with soap water
- Do not soak in water for a long time
- Do not bleach
Delivery Time: Dispatched within 3 days
The Cobblers creating the Eco-Friendly Shoes With Their Hands
Did you know that we produce close to 5 million tonnes of tyres every year? Do we use all of it in our vehicles? Not really- a lot of it goes to landfills, some of which have accumulated so many used tyres that they are visible from space! So can’t we use these used tyres and put them to better use? Paaduks decided to use these tyres and recycle them.
Paaduks is a unique initiative that attempts making beautiful handcrafted footwear from used automobile tyres and sharing the profits with cobblers that make them.
Not wanting to be the conventional retailers and wholesalers who pay meagre amounts to the cobblers who make these beautiful shoes, that also often delayed, they decided to address this as a priority. The cobblers are their partners in every sense of the word. And cobblers are not to be mistaken for mochis who repair shoes and deal mainly in women’s footwear- these are real artists who create masterpieces for the feet.
The side walls of tyres are used as soles. These side walls are chiseled out to make them flat and then cut in the shape of a sole using a standard cutter. For the inner and outer part of the shoe, natural fabric Ikat is used in this shoe.
Another technique that is used in making a shoe at Paaduks is Hand Block Printing. It is a technique by which wooden blocks covered in dye are pressed along a cloth to create patterns. India has been at the forefront in hand block printing since the 12th Century. The artistry flourished further and Rajasthan and Surat in Gujarat became the important trading centres of printed textiles particular in Block Print art. Today Block Printing has gained new height by reaching in the different corners of the world.
The block itself is prepared and carved using a chisel, hammer, nails, fire etc. and the printing involves laying the fabric flat on tables and using the blocks to create amazing designs. To create these designs, there are three types of block printing.
Direct block printing, which is done on cotton or silk. The fabric is first bleached before dyeing. After it is dyed with the desired colour, block printing is done on borders with carved wooden blocks. The block is dipped in a dye and impressions are created on the fabric.
Discharge printing, where the fabric is dyed first, then removed only from those parts on which designs are to be printed. The blocks are then used to make designs on the fabric.
Resist printing, which is the most complicated way of block printing. Here a part of the cloth, which is not to be dyed, is covered with a paste of resin and clay. When it is dyed, the colour is allowed to seep in through the cracks of the covering. This creates a magnificent waving effect of the colour. The fabric with this wonderful design is then taken for Hand Block printing.
And if you thought that the process making these shoes looks simple enough- well spending one day in the workshop will help you understand the amount of labour and finesse goes into it. Cutting and sewing the soles is laborious and not every shoe maker is ready to work so hard. To get a quality product, it takes time, hard work, passion and dedication.
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- 1: Measure the length of your foot from the back of the heel to the toe.
- 2: Please note that since the foot is three-dimensional, any two-dimensional measuring tool will only give an approximate measure of your footwear size. So if you have broad feet, we recommend that you order one size larger.
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Hi Welcome to Wudbox,
At Wudbox you are viewing the produce of the local crafts people of your country. We promote small businesses & individual artists and provide a platform for them to pursue their passion and love for creative work.
Until now these people have only sold locally, but now their designs and work is seen nationwide through us. All they need is your support and encouragement to succeed in their endeavor.
These sellers are either craftsmen themselves or are directly working with one to bring these pieces of art into existence and hence their products are appropriately priced citing the fact that there is no middlemen.
The prices of the goods include the cost of the raw materials, the time that it takes to produce these products,the GST and the money required by the craftsmen to sustain their modest living. Also, all these products are made in small quantities and do not have the advantage of the bulk products produced with the machines.
Be assured that your product is made with a lot of love, care and attention given to the details. To err however is human and it might contain a few irregularities and that is what makes each piece unique and different.
We constantly give our feedback and inputs to these newly arrived sellers about the products and packaging process, however if you have certain useful insights then do feel free to share them with us, it will definitely help them to succeed faster.
Certain out sourced external factors like logistics are out of our control, however, we do track them and also empower you by providing the tracking details the moment they are provided to us.
Above all, Wudbox promotes a shift from a society of over-consumption of products and services to one based on well-being, belonging and sustainable living. After all a country and indirectly we progress only when there is a uniform distribution of income and people are able to sustain their presence.
And yes ofcourse, who minds using a product that is definitely unique and uncommon and makes them stand out.
Shoes for Better Lives
Handcrafted footwear with soles made from up-cycled rubber tires. An initiative that provides sustainable livelihood for cobblers.
Paaduks is an attempt to make eco friendly footwear, we also envision a prosperous cobbler community. Our footwear are made of natural fabric like cotton and jute, vegan material, and soles made from up-cycled rubber such as discarded tires, used conveyor belts, old rubber mats and so on. Upcycling of discarded rubber to make soles does not involve any chemical processes. We believe that our cobblers are the backbone of our venture. They deserve to be remunerated for their skills and hard work which makes our products the comfortable stylish footwear they are today. We thus pay our cobblers a fair price for their efforts in an attempt to stabilize their financial condition and reduce exploitation of this specialized profession. More importantly, we pay them on time as well as invest in the production.