Introducing the úkata+ Oaxaca Supernatural, because footwear doesn’t come much more natural than this.
I source only best materials myself, from the bouncy 10mm natural crepe rubber sole which is made from thin layers of dried organic latex harvested directly from the rubber tree, to the leather that is vegetable tanned in a drum with Acacia tree bark extract, making it exceptionally natural and soft.
The shoe/Huarache last was designed for an anatomical barefoot fit with no heel, its unique shape also allowing the soft weave to expand evenly to accommodate even wide feet comfortably with no pressure spots.
The Environmental Science
The environmentally friendly Hevea brasiliensis rubber tree creates not only biodegradable rubber which can be used to make shoe soles, but the tree can also stock large amounts of carbon in its biomass.
Its calculated that annually rubber trees absorb 363 Million Kg of Carbon dioxide, a high carbon sequestration which is calculated to be greater than that of a rainforest (Variation of soil fertility and carbon sequestration by planting Hevea brasiliensis in Hainan Island, China – Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing). The increased use of regularly harvested rubber trees in the world could potentially also alleviate the greenhouse effect and global warming (Handbook of Elastomers, Second Edition, by Marcel Dekker Inc 2001) .
By using more natural rubber products, we can essentially return some of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere back into the soil where it existed in the form of oil and coal. We can contribute towards recreating the sustainable and natural carbon equilibrium that has existed on earth for thousands of years.
Rubber plantations already exist in Mexico and Guatemala and could probably be created in Florida, Alabama or Louisiana, not need to source as far as Asia, local manufacturing is possible.
While cultivating the Black Wattle tree used for vegetable tanning leather, can provide US degraded agricultural farmlands with much needed natural nitrogen fixation and soil rehabilitation.
- Mens and Women’s Sizes.
- Free shipping to the USA, Canada and Mexico.
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My goal is to one day also use natural colour dye’s for the leather, but so far I haven’t found any commercially available, and my tannery partners won’t even consider changing their process unless I guarantee large orders and even then I’m not sure it will be affordable. But first I would like to meet someone who can help me with the science of natural leather dyes and sourcing the natural ingredients.
Lastly I should mention its incredible how new natural/crepe rubber smells similar to cheese and crepe rubber processing plants smell like cheese factories. Though a little strong, its a wonderful reminder (if you like aged cheese) that rubber can be such a natural product. And how cool and sheltered a rubber plantations feel. I don’t think I have ever experienced a similarly peaceful industrial environment, but maybe its comparable to a winery.