September 13, 2016

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Wear Organic, not just for September

There are several reasons why choosing organic cotton is important for both the environment and the people who grow and pick it...

organic cotton growing

Organic September is a reminder to consider buying organic, as by doing so, you’ll not only be helping to protect our vital wildlife whilst reducing your own exposure to potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals - but you'll also be helping to support the farmers who work hard to grow our food and cotton crops for generations to come.

And going organic is easier than you’d think. From eating to wearing!

Many of our shoes including our Brisk sneakers pictured here have GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standardcertified organic cotton linings, and organic cotton canvas uppers and are also OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified.

Organic means higher levels of animal welfare, lower levels of pesticides, no manufactured herbicides or artificial fertilisers and more environmentally sustainable management of the land and wildlife.

Cotton is hypoallergenic (relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction) and dust-mite resistant, which means it is the best choice of material for people who suffer from allergies, or those who have sensitive skin prone to irritation. Natural fabrics allow for better air circulation, which helps absorb and remove body moisture.

Our organic cotton lining has a 30% blend of organic linen, which increases durability, and is also known to be a hypoallergenic and hygroscopic material - able to absorb moisture from the air, drawing heat away from the skin and keeping the feet cool and dry.

Cotton is also biodegradable and a renewable resource. During processing, less than 10% of it is lost or deemed non-usable. And of course, organic cotton is even better as no pesticides are used, which in turn means fewer chemicals in the environment and no harm to the people growing it.

August 04, 2016

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Po-Zu in the Press - Summer 2016

If your interests include sustainability and footwear it's likely you've heard of Piñatex by now. This new innovative material has taken the vegan world by storm! So thanks to our collaboration with Piñatex we've been featured in the American Express online magazine AmexEssentials, featuring our Ello - and it's great to see their reviewer seems to have enjoyed wearing them!

 

"Ethical and ecological shoe brand Po-Zu, has three Piñatex versions of its popular Ello flats available online. The second you take them out of the box, you have to agree with Carmen Hijosa. This is not leather. Piñatex is its own thing entirely, with a slightly crinkly look, matte finish and felted feel. The shoes are incredibly light – as light as a pineapple leaf, perhaps – and deliver on the promise of softness, pliability and breathability. They’re something to look forward to wearing, sans socks, all summer long..." Read more about our collaboration with Piñatex here.


And London's own Metro newspaper also took a shine to our Hayley sandals...


"We've just discovered ethical shoe brand Po-Zu.com. Made from vegetable-tanned leather, beech wood and assembled without the use of harmful glue, they also have a 'foot mattress' insert, so you won't need flats for your commute."

Our Hayley sandals come in three colourways of vegetable-tanned leather and feature FSC UK certified Beech wooden heels and what's more, you can get £25 off the classic burgundy/brown in our summer sale!

July 19, 2016

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Pause and Reflect

This week we've joined forces with Incredibusy, who runs an eco-conscious Instagram community project, focussing on finding the 'good in life' with the hashtag #sgiew, an acronym for 'so good in every way'.

Each week @incredibusy sets a new theme, and this week Po-Zu are the guest judge! The theme this week is #sgiew_PAUSE and we’d love you to join in, for your chance to win a pair of our light and summery vegan Piper V Brown Linen boots* worth £120 (pictured below).


 

Why 'PAUSE'?

Did you know that the word 'Po-Zu' comes from the Japanese word for pause?


We want to see pics of you taking a mindful pause...


How do I join in?

Add the tags #sgiew and #sgiew_PAUSE to your Instagram photo/s, showing how you take time out for yourself; think mindfulness, slow living, reflection, walking, being in nature, spending time in the park, toes in the grass, kicking off your shoes, however you find your Pause.


 

You can connect with us on Instagram @Po_Zu and the hosts for the @sogoodineveryway prize draw @incredibusy, @redtedart and @willowdaygram.

So for your chance to win a pair of Po-Zu Piper V Brown Linen boots* worth £120 add the tags: #sgiew and ‪#‎sgiew_PAUSE to your PAUSE Instagram photo/s.

9 photos will also be chosen to be featured in a grid of 9 on Instagram so keep a look out!

If you prefer to post your entries on Twitter, or Facebook, please tag us so that we can find them @Po_Zu on Twitter and @Po-Zu Footwear on Facebook.

The competition closes at Midnight GMT on Sunday 31st July 2016.
The winner will be announced the week commencing Monday 1st August.

Happy Snapping!

*subject to availability.

 

 

July 08, 2016

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Bee Good

With dwindling numbers of bees in the UK, we need to look after our buzzing honey making friends. Bee awareness is growing, but we need to do more to ensure the survival of the humble bee. The Royal Horticultural Society says many gardeners are encouraging bees into their garden by planting bee attracting plants, or leaving an area slightly wild in the hope to be as bee friendly as possible.

Two of the charities we support, Pesticide Action Network (PAN-UK) and The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) are both currently running campaigns to protect the wild habitat these pollinators depend upon.



Watch Dave Goulson, a trustee of PAN-UK and well known bumblebee biologist's appeal for funding to screen plants to ensure that garden centres are not selling plants full of insecticides.
 

“Dave Goulson is one of the leading experts on pollinators in the world. His research has been invaluable in understanding the links between pesticides and bees.  Please help him continue this important work” Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN-UK

Support Dave Goulson's work here. 


The solitary bee needs individual nest cells to lay its larvae, hence their name. A bee hotel is easy to make and is the ideal habitat for solitary bees. Use untreated wood to create a box shape or cut the top off of a clean empty plastic bottle for the shell of the hotel. Fill the shell with bamboo, or sticks, ensuring that each one is clean, and that you use different sizes to create the bee friendly gaps.


(bee hotel made by littlegreenshed's little boy for a school eco project)

 

You can find out more about the environmental charities we support here.

May 19, 2016

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The Butterfly Effect

Butterflies set our hearts aflutter. Our logo is built around a butterfly. The sole of our shoes features an interlaced butterfly pattern. And you’ll even find butterflies inside our shoes - they are part of what makes our shoes so comfortable. Our Butterfly Suspension Mechanism is embedded inside the sole, and features multiple butterfly-shaped shock-absorbing partitions that gently collapse once your foot hits the ground. So our butterflies help to soften the impact on hard surfaces and stop your feet feeling tired.



So we are delighted that our latest accreditation is called The Butterfly Mark. The Butterfly Mark is awarded by an organisation called Positive Luxury to companies who meet their social, environmental and ethical standards. We had to go through a three-stage screening process and we now join over 250 brands who have The Butterfly Mark, helping people to buy from trusted brands.

And why is it called the Butterfly Mark? We all know about the butterfly effect – that a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the world can set off a hurricane on the other side of the world. And the choices that we make in what we buy can have a similar effect – positive or negative. But Diane Verde Nieto, the founder of Positive Luxury, also had a more positive personal reason for choosing the butterfly as a symbol.

In 2011, she met Sir David Attenborough at the Natural History Museum when she presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He told her the story about the reintroduction of the Large Blue Butterfly into Britain. The Large Blue became extinct in Britain in 1979, partly due to new farming methods. However, in 1983, conservationists started re-introducing the species from Sweden. Thanks to these efforts, it has become the most successful insect reintroduction programme in the world.

If you are looking to take your Po-Zus for a country walk, you can visit Collard Hill in Somerset, which is the only place in the UK you can freely go to see the butterfly. Between early June to early July when the butterflies are flying, nearly everyone manages to see a Large Blue, and there’s even a walking trail that you can follow.




If you manage to spot a Large Blue, we would love to hear from you! And if butterfly spotting is your thing, you can join in the Big Butterfly Count which takes place from 15 July – 7 August this year. We’ll be taking part so will remind you nearer the time as well.

And if you’re in London, you can visit the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the tropical butterfly house at the Natural History Museum until 11 September. This is an opportunity to get up close to butterflies from around the world and learn more about these fascinating creatures. Who knows what effect they might have on you?

 

May 16, 2016

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Coconut Collaborative Prize Draw

The humble coconut, we've said it before, it's the flavour of the month, the star of the show... and you know we use COIR (a mix of coconut husk and natural latex) for our legendary Foot Mattress. Well this week, we've joined forces with the rather fabulous Coconut Collaborative to give you a chance to win a £50 Po-Zu gift voucher, which you can spend on any of our men’s or women’s styles along with a combination of Coconut Collaborative goodies worth £40 - luscious yoghurt and frozen yoghurt made from the milk of the coconut; all natural, vegan, dairy & gluten free. 

It's all about the coconut!

So for a chance to WIN, enter by completing your details and saying 'hello' in the COMMENTS box at the foot of this blog post.
And if you are following us on Instagram,
@po_zu@coconutcollab why not tag a friend on our posts too, to share a chance of winning a prize bundle of £50 @po_zu vouchers and £40 @coconutcollab goodies... 

And for those with a penchant for a Pina Colada, find out more about our exciting collaboration with Piñatex - Pineapple and coconut are a match made in tropical heaven, imagine our excitement when we heard about a new leather-substitute material made from pineapple leaf fibres. We just knew that we had to create a tropical, sustainable dream of a vegan shoe.



 

Terms & Conditions

We can only accept one entry per UK household.
No purchase is necessary to enter the competition. Entries must be made by entering your email address in the COMMENTS BOX BELOW. We cannot accept responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or which are not received for any reason.
The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Po-Zu.com or any other participating company.

By entering the competition using the box above, you are allowing us to add your details to the Po-Zu mailing list.
The closing date for the competition is Friday 20th May 2016 at midnight (GMT). The winner will be chosen at random from all the entrants.
We will notify the winner by e-mail. If we do not get a response to the email within two days, the prize will be offered to a runner-up. You can find out who has won a particular competition by contacting Po-Zu at contact@po-zu.com

The winner will be announced w/c 23.05.16, we appreciate your patience while we verify all the entries. Good luck! Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.

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May 12, 2016

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National Walking Month

Here in the UK this May we celebrate National Walking Month, which aims to encourage us to walk more - whether walking to work, walking to school, exploring the countryside, or just walking to get as close to those recommended 10,000 steps a day as you can…



A short 20 minute walk can improve your well-being, and help you think things through away from the distractions of your everyday life.

Switch off, and be inspired by Living Streets’ campaign this year to #Try20 – that’s 20 minutes a day, so jump off the bus a couple of stops early, pop out at lunchtime to your nearest park, walk up stairs instead of taking the lift.

UK charity Living Streets want to create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illness – making walking the natural choice. Get outside, and enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings! Join thousands of people across the UK and pledge to #Try20 this May.

We hope our Brisk sneakers inspire you to #Try20! - Here are a few of the Men's collection:

Brisk Women's:

 

We asked some of our customers to tell us why they chose to take their Po-Zu shoes out for a walk…


Walking benefits, from the
Living Streets’ website:

HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Walking initiatives boost local economies and bring high streets to life. People want to live in places designed with everyone in mind, not just cars.

TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT
Encouraging people to walk journeys of under two miles would significantly reduce carbon emissions, congestion and improve air quality.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL ECONOMY
Sedentary lifestyles are the greatest risk to today’s generation. Inactivity costs the UK economy £20 billion every year. Walking just 30 minutes five times a week can help reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


Further Reading:


As Friedrich Nietzsche famously said: “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking”.
Read more of our favourite walking quotes here.

And find out how Po-Zu shoes got one man walking again after a rather horrible motorcycle accident here.


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May 05, 2016

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Putting on the Ritz

When a touch of glamour is required you can't go wrong with Black, White and Gold. Elegance is made easy with our elevated Willow Black wedges which are furnished with a soft and forgiving Cork and Latex footbed; set to treat your feet to the best comfort a high heel can offer.

We have put together a chic and sophisticated outfit by teaming Lemlem's luxurious silk jumpsuit with some black and gold accessories for added sparkle and shine!



Po-Zu Willow Black £145 Versatile, FSC-certified wooden wedge sandals in embossed vegetable tanned leather. Finished with an elegant laced tie ankle strap.

Lemlem Hana Jumpsuit £285 Now reaching out to artisinal producers in Kenya this tailored fit jumpsuit from Lemlem is handmade from 100% silk. Available on pre-order.

Bottletop Comprido Enamel £145 These glitzy lightweight clutchbags are hand finished in Salvador, Brazil. Bottletop have developed a new Enamel Technique to produce this finish which is described as "smooth and soft but with a sparkling, glossy bounce".

Quazi Design Half Gold Earrings £10 Innovative and classy these bead earrings are made using rolled paper from magazine pages dipped in gold. The hooks are also Nickel free.

Just Trade Brass Ribbon Bangle £18 Georgeous ribbons of golden coloured brass are wound and twisted to produce these bangles. Handmade by Cristina and Patty from the Zoe Project in Lima, Peru.


Check out the brands featured here on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/po_zu/
https://www.instagram.com/lemlemnyc/
https://www.instagram.com/bottletoppers/
https://www.instagram.com/quazi_design/
https://www.instagram.com/justtradeuk/

April 29, 2016

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High heels with the right kind of impact

It’s easy to have a love/hate relationship with heels. You might have a favourite pair that you wear to work for important meetings or for a night out. Slipping into heels can – literally and metaphorically – help you to walk tall, giving you an extra boost of confidence. They're not called ‘power heels’ for nothing.

Research has shown that the gait of women wearing high-heeled shoes is deemed ‘significantly more attractive’ than women wearing flats, by men and women.


                               

But the downside is that you know your feet are likely to be crying out for help by the end of the day or the evening. Perhaps you pack a pair of flat shoes to take along with you as the get-out clause. Whilst you may get the power boost, you are likely to not be getting the comfort.

There was a furore at the Cannes film festival in 2015 when a group of actresses were turned away from walking down the red carpet because they were not wearing high heels. This showed the extent of the expectations on women to wear high heels on certain occasions. We applauded Emily Blunt for taking a stand and saying "We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway". Women should be able to wear what they feel comfortable in and not be dictated to by archaic dress codes. (Although we don’t applaud her for saying "I prefer wearing Converse sneakers". Have you tried our Brisk, Emily?)

But if you do happen to be invited to a red carpet event, or just want a pair of shoes for the office or for a special occasion, there is an alternative to burning feet in heels. Help is at hand (or at foot), in our new range of Po-Zu heels and wedges.




We’ve designed them in such a way that you don’t need to compromise on comfort to enjoy that extra bit of height. Our Hi-Rise collection features a cork based contoured Foot Mattress, with shock absorbing natural latex inserts, a highly comfortable last shape, and a wooden wedge or heel that naturally absorbs impacts far better than the widely used hard plastic heels. The range includes elegant strappy and open-toed sandals, so we can help you find the perfect match for your occasion and outfit. Keep an eye on our blog for some inspiring fashion ensembles featuring great ethical and sustainable brands in the coming weeks.

Maura O’Neill, a business professor at the University of California Berkley, told a journalist for a Washington Post article about the impact of women wearing heels in a business setting; “My advice is: Show up who you are and own that. Heels or flats”. That seems like pretty good advice to us! And you can choose from Po-Zu heels or Po-Zu flats, knowing you’re not making any compromises. And surely a person who is comfortable in their own skin is the most confident and powerful of them all?

 

April 22, 2016

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Totally tropical

Hopefully the sun is shining where you are but if not there is a way to ensure you get that tropical feeling this season whatever the weather. Spruce up your spring wardrobe with a pair of our beautiful new ballet pumps made using linen and Piñatex - an innovative new material that utilises pineapple leaf fibres.


People Tree Striped Scarf from The Keep Boutique £38 Made from premium 100% certified fair trade organic cotton. The Keep Boutique are offering Po-Zu fans a 10% discount on items from their shop in Brixton. Just mention Po-Zu when you visit.

Po-Zu Ello B V Linen £85 A vegan classic ballet pump, lined with breathable organic cotton canvas and styled with a Piñatex strap. Click here to see our other shoes made from  Piñatex.

Eileen Fisher Boyfriend Jean £172.68 Organic cotton with an easy fit and a hint of stretch. Tapered at the ankle and available in 5 classic denim colours.

People Tree Pineapple Tee £30 White t-shirt with pineapple print in 100% organic Fairtrade certified cotton.

Bottletop Joe Rolltop Backpack £185 Handmade in Salvador, Brazil from organic cotton and recycled plastic (PET) lining, this functional roll top backpack features Bottletop's signature ring pull print.


Check out the brands featured here on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/thekeepboutique/
https://www.instagram.com/po_zu/
https://www.instagram.com/eileenfisherny/
https://www.instagram.com/peopletreeuk/
https://www.instagram.com/bottletoppers/

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