Loafs The Pacific: The Forward-Thinking, Sustainable Shoe

Dynelle Skinner | Thursday, July 25, 2019 | 0 comments

Days like last Saturday and Sunday's scorching heat wave remind us how our deeds affect our planet. We are way past the time of treating the Earth as the limited source that it is. The way we're treating it, the earth and of course we as human, won't be here forever. You may have read about the negative effects of fashion fashion and thankfully there are brands working to combat those practices while keeping us looking our best. Many footwear brands are making major strides (pun intended) into sustainable shoes, one such brand is Loafs.

They recently launched the Loafs Pacific Shoe, an eco-conscious shoe that also works to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There are so many things to love about this loafer-sneaker hybrid. It boasts a sophisticated upper with a performance and comfort-driven bottom; is designed to support a life on the go; it's comfortable and everything about it is sustainable.

The Loafs Pacific is made entirely from recycled materials, including BLOOM algae-based foam outsole, the world's first plant-based foam produced with algae biomass, recycled foam runner's insole, chrome-free recycled leather, a material repurposed from leather trimmings that would otherwise be destined for landfill, and organic cotton laces.

The algae is renewable, cleans the environment, and decreases our dependence on fossil fuels. One pair of shoes made using BLOOM Algae returns 120 bottles of filtered water to the environment and keeps 11 total 12-inch CO2 filled balloons from entering the atmosphere! The insole expands and contracts with every movement, resembling a barefoot stride.

The Pacific’s upper is made from chromium-free recycled leather sourced from the repurposed scraps from leather tanneries that would normally go to waste. This eco-leather is produced with 95% recycled water and reduces waste yield by about 90% when compared to conventional leather practices in footwear.

The inner lining of The Pacific is odor resistant and sweat absorbent. With similar characteristics to cotton and linen, this tree-based material allows for optimum breathability, even while worn without socks. The fibers are also biodegradable, which deters the growth of bacteria, and are of botanical origin. Designed with the athlete and traveler in mind, The Pacific is equipped with rubber tread pods for better floor grip and maximum flexibility.

Our favorite shoes are the ones we forget we’re wearing. Loafs has put a strong emphasis on creating the perfect fit. Their custom lasts are considerate of the standard differences between the foot contour of men and women. This forward-thinking footwear wears seamlessly from boardroom to bar while taking a big step towards a zero carbon future.

You can pre-order Loafs The Pacific in one of 5 colors starting at $89.00. Available colors include black, nimbus grey, desert orange, tan, and slate blue.

For each pair of The Pacific that is purchased, Loafs will donate proceeds to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. 10% of profits or 1% of sales (whichever is greater) will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup Project at the end of the year.

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