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Friday night in London and we took our seats in the Savoy's famous mirrored ballroom for The VIN + OMI AW20 catwalk show, ready to check out the models' feet as Po-Zu had provided the men's sneakers for the runway spectacular.
Models included television presenter Anita Rani, Rock and Roll's Jo Wood (a Po-Zu shoes ambassador), body-positive champion Honey Ross (daughter of Jonathan Ross) who were walking in the show alongside rapper Lady Leshurr, Olympians, British Boxing champion Richard Riakporphe, Hannah Moore Guardian Journalist, and 2017 Mr Universe Josh Maley.
Po-Zu founder Sven Segal writes: "In contrast to the core theme “RESIST”, it's been an uplifting experience sitting through Vin + Omi AW20 highly inspiring catwalk at the Savoy on Valentine’s night, and we were delighted to spot Po-Zu sneakers on the models’ feet too.
Filled with po-zutivity, the upbeat party-like #LFW show felt like a joyous celebration of creativity, humanity and diversity, whilst pushing the boundaries of sustainability.
Weaving garments from dead hydrangea heads, to waste plastic bottles collected during a Brighton beach clean. The Vin + Omi catwalk AW20 also featured hand-picked stinging nettles from Prince Charles’ Highgrove estate shows just how wildly creative and versatile sustainable development can be."
A big thank you to Gabi Parádi @gabriellaparadi (website) and @luca.parodi.photo (website) who both kindly shared with us their amazing photographs pictured on this blog post. The show was filmed by ITV for a documentary airing in Summer 2020.
Here at In Kind Direct we’ve been delighted to work with Po-Zu since summer 2018 to bring great quality footwear to those who need it the most.
Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996, In Kind Direct distributes new consumer goods donated by generous companies to a diverse network of UK charitable organisations, including homeless shelters, community groups, women’s refuges, disability charities. We believe everyone should have access to life’s essentials and that no usable product should go to waste.
Last month, Po-Zu made their largest donation yet, with over 500 pairs of brand-new, vegan trainers. With the cold season in full swing, this is perfect timing for our growing network who support thousands of people and communities all year round.
Po-Zu’s latest diverse donation will go a long way to support people to keep comfortable during the winter months and help the families being supported to focus their often limited resources on keeping warm and eating well.
So far, 59 charitable organisations have benefited from Po-Zu’s first two donations. From a homeless shelter in Glasgow all the way to a Cornish educational charity - and everything in between - these shoes have made a big impact already.
For example, 10 disability support charities have received Po-Zu shoes in the last year through In Kind Direct, one of which is Bolton based self-help group, Good Companions. The group is run by volunteers and beneficiaries who meet and work together at a community allotment to combat social isolation and build independence skills.
At In Kind Direct we’re passionate about reducing the burden on the environment and reducing waste, so it’s been a pleasure to work with a small company like Po-Zu with sustainability at its core.
Po-Zu’s donation has been received and sorted at our Shropshire-based warehouse and is now prepared to be sent out - straight to charities’ doors!
Every product donation received to our warehouse is unpacked, assessed and readied for sending out to our network where it can do the most good.
"This time of the year is about newness in the retail cycle. After coming out of the sale period, we have to make way for new styles. It's really uplifting to see our shoes being worn and being brought to life rather than sitting in a warehouse. I'm very happy that our donation supports this worthy cause."
- Sven Segal, Po-Zu Founder
After launching our first BRISK trainers with a unique built-in Foot-Mattress™ 8 years ago (and perfecting it ever since), we are thrilled about our PACE style of trainers, which brings together unique sustainable design and comfort features.
We challenged ourselves to design a sustainable alternative to the commonly used synthetic EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) running shoes midsole*. After churning through quite a few prototypes, we have successfully constructed it from Portuguese cork, which is not only biodegradable and renewable, but its also featuring some remarkable technical properties.
Cork is a naturally springy material that can absorb huge amounts of energy, and it is also an exceptional insulator; even NASA uses it in their rockets!
Robert Hooke, an English physicist who discovered the honeycomb-like structure in cork using a primitive microscope back in the 17th century, came up with the law of elasticity. He also coined the term "Cell" for the individual compartments he saw in the cork cellular structure.
*Midsole: The midsole is sandwiched between the upper and the outsole - typically found in running shoes. It’s the most important shoe component in terms of cushioning and stability.
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Meet Sven, Po-Zu's founder and shoe designer. Introducing @Po_Zu's followers to his newest shoe to the 100% vegan mainline collection. Made from 100% recycled polyester mesh, cork and natural latex, in the new colour grey, this men's trainer is flying off the shelves already.
2019 was a great year for Po-Zu, and the move to change our mainline collection to 100% sustainable vegan shoes.
Through the exploration of revolutionary materials, ethical production processes and innovative design, we’re on a mission to inspire the world into more sustainable and ethical footwear.
We are mindful of annual events such as VEGANUARY (for the month of January, and World Vegan Day 1 November) - however for us, and many of our customers, it's about more than just food. We've asked some of you to share your thoughts on fashion too - Sara @shisodelicious pictured here opens:
"I love it when I get to adopt my friends' old clothes. I get to wear something I would never have picked myself, something which may actually end up looking amazing – like this fake fur hat and electric blue dress my friend Moko gifted me at her wardrobe clear-out the other day. For a while, 'hand me downs' seemed a little embarrassing to me, a sign of not being affluent enough perhaps. Now, I can see how this is changing - all around me! It's exciting, because the more we can make this kind of sharing, reusing, non-monetary exchange cool, the more it becomes NORMAL, and the less we need to be part of our current out of control consumption. While still getting our 'fix' – 'cause who doesn't like pretty things! There are still plenty of them to go around, let's start sharing!
For the things that I need to buy new (like the ethically made, vegan Po-Zu shoes I'm wearing in the pic), I do my best to place my money where I know it's being used to pay for fair wages, quality materials and skills, and I wear it till its spent, or pass it on!"
Photo credit: @kippysnacks.
Sara is wearing white organic cotton canvas sneakers.
"While vegan shoes can be made of anything that isn’t an animal by-product (or treated with one), it’s equally important to make sure vegan materials are also sustainably produced and don’t come at the cost of our planet. Many materials classed as ‘vegan’ can be exceptionally bad for wildlife, the environment and the workers who handle them. However, it’s possible to make use of incredible materials that tick both the vegan and sustainable boxes, from cork and pinatex to natural latex and coconut husks. You can read more about the materials Po-Zu use in their shoes or shop their vegan ranges by gender below." www.incredibusy.com
“It's important to remember within fashion, 'vegan' doesn't automatically mean more environmentally friendly or ethical.
A lot of vegan material alternatives turn out to be plastic (derived from oil) which is the production we need to move away from.”
Tolly wears last season's best sellers - indigo hightops - find more organic high tops here:
“Ethical and Bestical Po-Zu, the trainers I wear so much, vegan and brilliant. We’ve got to stop buying so much shit.”
Lou wears BEAUT off-white organic cotton sneakers with a fair trade rubber sole and logo detail.
"I’m very aware of what I eat as far as the environment and sustainability and it’s crossing over due to more amazing brands like Po_Zu - into the decisions I make in what I wear and buy.
I think it’s important for us all to do our bit for the environment and be aware of the impact our choices have."
Lisa wears the REVOLUTION sneaker, a percentage of profit from these sneakers goes to the Fashion Revolution programme.
And the final word goes to Sven Segal, Po-Zu's founder:
“There ought to be a list of ingredients if you buy shoes much like with food.
Most people are unaware of the issues with the footwear industry.
My speciality is shoes, I can tell you there are tons of really nasty chemicals put into ordinary shoes.”
Sven Segal, Founder of Po-Zu.com with the NEW PACE vegan sneaker
Scroll down to watch VIDEO of Sven introducing the new GREY variant of the PACE vegan sneaker.
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What an incredible year we had. We teamed up with some of the UK’s most brilliant comedians to raise awareness about eco-fashion and raise funds for environmental charities.
Our main line became 100% vegan simply because the single most effective action we can take to reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change is to avoid consuming meat.
We’ve been featured on the BBC and followed in Rey’s footsteps for the third time to wrap up the latest Star Wars trilogy.
With all the exciting developments it’s been a challenging year overall and I wanted to thank you all for supporting our work, for po-zuing in our shoes and spreading the word about them.
It truly feels like the world is finally waking up to the climate and environmental crisis many thanks to Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion. It’s encouraging to see, however, we still have a steep mountain to climb. Our ambition is to minimise our environmental impact and maximise the proportion of shoes in the world that are made ethically and sustainably.
May 2020 bring us all crystal clear 20/20 vision, so we can focus more on what’s really important in life. Our message is simple: pause and think more often, adapt for a better future, and most importantly keep po-zutive.
Happy holiday season, and may good soles always be with you.
Po-Zu Founder & CEO
The countdown has begun - we can't wait to see the upcoming Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker film in just under a couple of weeks! Check out the opening scene of the official movie trailer to see why we are so excited…
She rescued herself from obscurity on Jakku, walked the Goazon Badlands, journeyed from a scavenger’s life in the wilds of the Western Reaches before blasting off to a life of destiny and adventure on Takodana.
Introduced in Star Wars™: The Force Awakens in 2015, Daisy Ridley's character Rey went from obscurity on the desert planet of Jakku to the steel corridors of Starkiller Base. Po-Zu have been with her every single step of the way as she travelled the weaving path to the island of Ahch-To to train with the legendary Luke Skywalker, to the cold corridors of the Supremacy where she faced down Supreme Leader Snoke and on to the salt flats of Crait.
The REY boot collection uses sustainable materials and come in different versions. The latest screen-accurate REY Natural Linen which is popular with vegan cosplayers, is inspired by her iconic mid-calf boot, as featured in the upcoming Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker. They are made in artisan linen and organic cotton. The tall boot version, REY Hi as featured in Star Wars™: The Last Jedi, are made in chrome-free leather. Whereas the classic REY Brown boots, as featured in Star Wars™: The Force Awakens, are made in wool tweed and cork.
All the REY boot versions have an adjustable calf and featuring the distinctive rear lace-up system. The built-in shock-absorbing coconut fibre Foot-Mattress™ is designed to mould to your foot shape, provide excellent insulation and air circulation to keep your feet dry. The natural rubber sole is stitched for durability and features the co-branded Star Wars™|Po-Zu logo. All expertly crafted in Portugal, to help you walk the line between the darkness and the light in style and follow the sustainability pillars on which Po-Zu Founder Sven Segal, began 13 years ago.
Where will Rey’s feet take her next? As we await the release of Star Wars™: The Rise of Skywalker - will it be the icy world of Kijimi, the ocean moon of Kef Bir? Or will Daisy Ridley's character, Rey, find herself on the desert planet of Pasaana and the jungle world of Ajan Kloss? Ice, water, desert, jungle – Rey and her boots are going to be tackling every imaginable environment.
Share your own Cosplay photos with us by tagging us on social media: #StarWarsShoesByPoZu @Po_Zu
Here at Po-Zu, we’re on a mission to inspire the world to wear more sustainable and ethical footwear. Our journey is about seeking out new and revolutionary hard wearing materials, ethical production processes and innovative design features. It’s an evolving process and we continue to be surprised by what nature can offer us. We are proud to say that 100% of our mainline collection is now VEGAN.
While Vegan shoes can be made of anything that is not an animal by-product (or treated with one), it’s important for us to make sure our vegan materials are sustainably produced and not costing the earth. Our chosen materials tick both the ‘Vegan’ and ‘Sustainable’ boxes. We make our award-winning shoes using Cork, Piñatex, Natural Latex and Coconut Husks, delivering unrivalled comfort underfoot.
Our founder and designer Sven Segal was recently invited on to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show, to discuss the issues surrounding the consumption of trainers, with the presenter Joanna Gosling.
Other guests were Franklin Boateng who is known by his nickname ‘the king of trainers’, and Charlotte Zamboni from the environmental charity Global Action Plan who revealed survey results that UK teenagers own a staggering 58 million trainers, with teens confessing that almost a third of these shoes - 19 million - were unworn in the last three months.
You can watch the full show below, where we discussed the carbon footprint left by trainers, and the innovative sustainable materials we at Po-Zu are using such as cork, organic cotton and apple skin made from the waste of the apple juice industry.
Sven: "Mainstream shoes are made from all sorts of nasty chemicals, leather is the biggest polluter in the shoe industry, and our mainline collection is totally vegan for 2019. There is a leather tanning agent called chromium, which is regarded as the fourth worst polluter in the world, yet something like 90% of leather is tanned with this substance."
We were incredibly grateful to have been invited to contribute and we really appreciate the support from friends and family contacting us to say they had seen us on the BBC.
Find out more about Global Action Plan here
Aired on 4th October 2019.
With thanks to the BBC for having us on the show and for providing this clip.
And to Victoria Derbyshire for tweeting about Po-Zu.
Organic Cotton FIRST ORDER
Apple Skin and Pinatex SNEAK and BUTTERFLY
Star Wars collection 2019