Fair trade, recycling and ecological awareness are both a trend and a company credo for this young sneaker brand. The ekn-Footwear team consistently observes all environmental standards and works with recycled materials.
An environmentally conscious overall concept
Ecologically correct materials, which are processed exclusively in Europe, are the focus of ekn. In 2011 the first collection of the label was launched on the market. The young founder of the company obtained the technological know-how for his approach from experienced professionals in Portugal and uses exclusively a family-run Portuguese production facility, where they already had many years of experience with environmental protection and ecological standards in shoe processing. During the tanning process in particular, shoe manufacturing must take care of the environment and the health of the workers. Respect for all living beings is expressed at ekn Footwear through lived environmental and animal protection and the avoidance of child labour by not using Asian production sites. All ekn footwear is handmade and all parts of the shoes are made of recycled or recyclable material wherever possible. Plastic is avoided on principle. Organic cotton is used for the inside of the ekn-sneakers. The vegan shoes in the ekn footwear range are made of recycled artificial leather or denim, all others are made of vegetable tanned smooth leather or suede. Eyelets and buckles are made of chrome and nickel-free metals. The sole of the shoes is made of recycled EVA or smooth leather.Organic cork is used for sandals. The whole thing is then packed in cardboard boxes made of recycled paper. The transport routes of this shoe manufacturer are also environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral.
The fashionable line from ekn Footwear
The shoe collections are created by the designer Sheldon McKenzie. Sheldon is from Canada, but currently lives in Nuremberg. The Canadian designs for ekn casual and sometimes somewhat retro collections that have a pleasingly timeless look. In addition to sneakers, the company's own sports shoes, boots and half-boots, moccasins or penny loafers, chukkas, business low shoes and sandals are being offered. However, it is not important for ekn to have as many models as possible in their range, but to strictly follow the ecological concept for each individual shoe model. This also applies to accessories such as handbags or purses. Here, quality clearly takes precedence over quantity. The company is based in Frankfurt an Main. The target clientele likes to dress well, casually and stylishly, but is also concerned with sustainability and environmental protection. The ekn sneakers are in the medium to upper price range, but remain affordable.