At Rackle, their goal is to produce comfortable, lightweight shoes, made with sustainable hemp-based uppers and soles made from foam that accelerates bio-degradation.
According to the US Department of the Interior, over 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year in the United States alone. Most shoe waste is comprised of non-biodegradable plastic, leather and petroleum-based rubber materials that can take up to 80 years to naturally decompose.
Rackle's approach focused on three main areas:
1) PLANET FRIENDLY: Rackle shoes need to be planet-friendly, focusing on sustainability and being biodegradable
2) TECHNOLOGY & COMFORT: Incorporate innovative technology and superior comfort benefits
3) DESIGN: Be an everyday item that you can wear through the year
The first priority in Rackle's shoe development was understanding eco-friendly materials. Their team researched the most sustainable, plant-based materials for their shoe uppers, and tested and analyzed the top earth-friendly foams available. They always follow one requirement when testing materials, that they do not sacrifice any performance or durability.
After locking in on eco-friendly materials, Rackle was beginning to deliver on the brand mission; to create a more sustainable footwear. Their creative team began to focus on developing a unique footwear design incorporating an innovative, patent-pending arch design that provides all-day comfort and stimulation to the area of the foot that encourages blood flow. In addition, they added special contouring in a new three-density foam sole design that offers amazing support in an extremely lightweight (6 oz) shoe.
REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT. RACKLE FOOTWEAR - sustainable, innovative technology, with superior comfort, everyday styling, and weighing in at only 6 oz.