1981 - Black Leather Trainer
Tread lightly with the world's only plastic-free trainers. Our limited edition black Italian leather trainers combine classic lines with a zero-waste lifestyle
Handmade in Portugal from the highest-grade organic ethically-sourced black leather with natural white gum soles, hemp stitching and conifer glue. These eco-friendly trainers are 100% zero plastic.
Our white soled sustainable leather trainers prove there’s no need to compromise on style or comfort when it comes to shopping ethically. As they age, the thick sustainable leather will develop a patina unique to you.
Supple yet hard-wearing, our white gum soles contain a unique microstructure of tiny air bubbles for unrivalled comfort. Combined with WAES unique Infinite Cloud insoles, which cushion the feet and provide extraordinary softness, these iconic sneakers might will be the most comfortable shoes you’ll ever own.
Challenge every established norm and go plastic-free from the ground up with these game-changing premium black leather trainers.
- 100% plastic-free black leather
- Organic-tanned, chrome-free leather
- Organic nano quartz stain protection
- Leather lined
- Infinite Cloud latex insole for all-day comfort
- Handmade in Portugal
- Hemp stitched and vegan conifer glue
- Promotes natural foot movement
- Resole service
- Compostable at the end of life
- Premium design without an ecological price-tag
Our mission is to make your journey to sustainability effortless, and by working in partnership with nature, we create footwear in 100% natural and compostable materials.
Join us in changing the way shoe manufacturing is considered. Built from the sole up with its impact on our planet as our primary focus, this is a step in a positive direction.
- Upper: Organic-Tanned Metal Free Leather
- Sole: 100% Natural Lactae Hevea Rubber
- Insole: Lactae Hevea
- Box: FSC Certified Pine
Of course the ethics of the waes shoe brought me to want to buy, but I wasn’t expecting them to be so comfortable to wear. These shoes are beautifully made, thoughtfully presented and a pleasure to wear.
I am so happy everything about my new shoes. The delivery, packing and notifications exceeded my expectations. The shoes themselves are like walking on air. They look great and feel wonderful. I am very pleased with them and planning my next pair. I have already recommended them to everybody I know!! I have been searching for an environmentally friendly product that actually works and looks good and fits - thank you they are perfect.
As a textile engineer working in the sneaker industry for eco-conception, Waes is my top pick for leather kicks! Apart from the fact that the shoes look even better in real life, I was struck by the quality of materials (which I know quite some about) and the comfort they offer. I'll probably never buy anything else than natural latex sole from now on.
Congrats for all the work behind such beautifully crafted products!
Also love the customer experience (booklet is fire) AND customer service. I can only recommend this brand. Thanks for offering such a good option in this industry.
I'm happy with the product. The fact they are compostable is very wonderful.
These are super comfortable shoes. I love the flex, the softness of the leather and insole. The fact they are waterproof is good.
However for the price I would expect a higher quality finish. There is a few loose threads on the exterior interior and little rubber 'tags'. The insole came loose very quickly. I don't mind too much, as it means I can dry them out, but perhaps use more and stronger glue, or simply leave them as detachable.
Thank you, I hope they will last
These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Issues due to lockdown in the Uk and Portugal were dealt with impeccably by Rui and Ed.
Once their repairable life is over, our compostable shoes break down into organic materials in ordinary composting, but only long after they have served a long and useful life which outstrips most footwear.
100% Natural Rubber Outsole
Our unique natural production process uses hand-poured rubber, which is cured for a week, and creates an alveolar microstructure of tiny networked air bubbles for unrivalled comfort and 100% sustainable trainers.
100% Plastic Free
Our eco shoes and trainers contain zero plastic, from the factory to your door, and including the packaging. We only use planet-friendly materials and natural organic processes which prioritise sustainability.
If you are a half size, please go up a size.