The idea of our carbon footprint has honestly not weighed too heavily on our minds. We're a little shop. But a simple, minimal approach to things is constantly running through our thoughts. Carbon footprint and minimal approach intersect at CLAE shoes.

Initially, we just liked the way the shoes looked. We appreciated the feel. Then we began to learn. The shoes are for the comfort of a modern man and easy on the planet.

Manufactured from recycled and plant-based materials is an unusual combination yet it makes sense. Every day, we walk past the type of plant used in CLAE production. Often we issue the puppy a caution not to get too close to the prickly source, but now we know. The plant is lovely and the source of something practical.

What we love in nature, we now love on our feet. And no matter the shoe size, we leave a smaller footprint of sorts for wearing them.