Impeccable craftsmanship is the beating heart of Pīferi; social responsibility is our soul.
While Pīferi is London based, our shoes are all handmade in Parabiago, a small town outside Milan. There, care and accuracy of design and respect and dignity to our artisans are practiced down to the very last detail. Our artisans’ team in Parabiago comprises 50% women and 50% men, with an average age of 40. We are committed to supporting the local economy, traditional craftsmanship and companies who, like us, value people and their wellbeing.
Our upper materials
Style and substance. The two needn’t be mutually exclusive, which is why we always choose Responsible, vegan materials that look amazing, too.
Our BIOVEG-certified Bio Vegan Nappa is composed of 48% bio polyols derived from non food and GMO-free field corn. This material is also known for its technical performance and aesthetic appeal. It’s produced using manufacturing technology that has a reduced environmental impact.
For the eco-geeks among you (we relate), here are the stats. Compared to traditional production methods, the processes used to make our Bio Vegan Nappa have a 13% lighter carbon footprint, use 44% less energy, and reduce by 32%.CFC emissions - responsible for thinning the ozone layer.
Our Vegan suede, A luxurious and responsible alternative to animal-derived suede, is made using 100% recycled PET, which includes post-consumer waste such as plastic bottles. Not only does it utilise waste that would usually end up in landfill or the ocean, it also happens to be buttery soft and beautifully velvety.
Our insoles and heels
What’s on the inside also counts, which is why every Pīferi insole is made using 100% pure cellulose - certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), who promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Our heels are crafted from Recycled ABS: a recycled plastic compound that is also widely considered more durable, longer-lasting, and easier to recycle than PVC. We acknowledge that ABS is plastic, albeit recycled plastic. We continue to seek other options with the same function and form.
We’ve use in our sole production innovative and technical materials, like the enhanced THUNIT we use for our soles. It’s non-slip and more durable, flexible and water-resistant.
Thunit® is made of 50% synthetic rubber, 40% inorganic mineral composts (silicones and mixed clay), and 10% additives (fastenings, pigments and plasticizers).
Every pair of Pīferi shoes is wrapped in 100% recycled tissue paper and arrives nestled in a certified organic cotton dust-bag and an FSC®-certified recycled cardboard box; besides, the glue we use is water-based and both solvent and animal free.
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