Native Shoes launched in 2009 with a simple aim: to make it easy for all to Live Lightly. It seems the heavier the world gets, the more it needs lightness. Lightness is why we’re here. It guides us to design products and experiences that create a lighter, healthier, happier world for us all. From lightweight shoes to minimizing our environmental footprint, each time you wear a pair of Native Shoes, you are making an impact.
We are deeply rooted in our hometown of Vancouver, BC, on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We always say that our shoes are happiest by the water – and that is something we have no shortage of here in the Pacific Northwest, from the endless coastline shaded by forest to the rain which sometimes seems never-ending. We love nothing more than to see our shoes out on adventures: running into waves, splashing in puddles and getting muddy in the forest. Our community may be global, but we all share a love for the incredible environment around us, and we are driven by a need to protect this planet we call home.
As a purpose-driven company, sustainability is built into the DNA of our brand. We believe it is our responsibility to be aware of our impact on this place we all call home, and to work to create a better world one tiny step at a time.
We have a bold goal to use sustainable design and innovation to ensure that our shoes are 100% lifecycle managed by 2023. This includes the use of future-forward, planet-protecting sustainable materials such as Bloom, made with repurposed algae, and Sugarlite, made with sugarcane resin. In addition to the use of innovative materials, we are pioneering eco-initiatives such as the Native Shoes Remix Project™, through which all shoes can be recycled and given a second life as playgrounds for local children in Vancouver, Canada.