Not a pair of shoes for the throwaway society
On the average, we buy six pairs of shoes a year. Where and under what conditions these shoes are produced and what material is used, is often secondary. Not so in the small, exquisite workshop of shoemaker Nicole Üblacker and designer Thomas Licht. Sustainability and durability are paramount factors for them. Timeless design, precious organic leather, and excellent craftsmanship characterize their sneakers of “tomorrow (von morgen).”
The two of them will tell you how this idea came about and what the most sustainable shoe in the world can do:
What motivated you to become a shoemaker?
NÜ: I attended fashion school before my architectural studies and have always been a shoe enthusiast. Six years ago I quit architecture and did an apprenticeship. Then I founded my business in 2015.
How did you get the idea for it?
NÜ: My first idea for the sneaker model came to me at night and I immediately drew it out. I soon realized that I could actually produce it. I then worked on it for another year until all components fit just exactly the way I wanted them to.