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+ Maroon faux leather with soft padding on the bottom
+ Multi colored block printed cotton straps with soft lining on the inside
+ Soles made out of upcycled rubber
+ Handcrafted by our cobblers
+ Shipped in a reusable cotton bag
Material: Printed cotton, 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 Kalamkari block printed fabric is used in this shoe.
Kalamkari is an ancient Indian art that originated about 3000 years ago. It derives its name from ‘Kalam’ meaning Pen, and ‘Kari’ meaning work. It started off as depictions of scenes in the Hindu mythological epics.
Only natural dyes are used in the making of a Kalamkari fabric and it involves seventeen to twenty painstaking steps. The process is very slow and vigorous. The fabric goes through a process of resist dyeing and hand printing. Various treatments are involved before and after painting. Depending on the treatment of cloth and quality of the mordant, colors are changed.
The cotton fabric gets its glossiness by immersing it for an hour in a mixture of Myrobalans and cow milk. Contours and reasons are then drawn with a point in bamboo soaked in a mixture of jagri fermented and water; one by one these are applied, then the vegetable dyes. After applying each color on to the motif, the Kalamkari fabric is washed after drying. Thus, each fabric can undergo up to 20 washes. Various effects are obtained by using seeds, plants and crushed flowers to obtain natural dye.Today, although this art is on the decline, it is still practiced by many families in the Andhra Pradesh region of India.
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
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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.