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WHY WE LOVE THEM
A tire, a bike tube, a shoe knife and perhaps a cerveza were all that was needed to start SPLAFF. Fresh off a surf trip to Mexico and inspired by the traditional Mexican huarache sandal, SPLAFF's eventual founder set about creating a more comfortable, long-lasting, fair-priced, environmentally friendly huarache with a Californian twist. After apprenticing with shoemakers and cobblers, he began experimenting using hemp fabrics, recycled racecar tires and eventually also recycled bicycle inner tubes to make flip-flops for his buddies. Today, SPLAFF's product line includes bags, belts, wallets, guitar straps and wristbands all made from a combination of the aforementioned materials. SPLAFF hangers and hangtags are also made from recycled products. They use low-impact fabric dyes, water-based cements, peroxide for bleaching (as opposed to harsh chlorine) and primarily water-based adhesives. The SPLAFF factory is so chemically safe, in fact, that their manufacturing team doesn't need gloves, masks or ventilators. Eco-friendly. Staff-friendly. Consumer friendly.ABOUT Splaff SPLAFF started in a garage with a tire, a bike tube, and a shoe knife. The vision was to make a comfortable, long lasting, fairly-priced sandal from all recycled materials.
SPLAFF was founded in 1997 following my discovery of huarache sandals in Mexico during a surf trip. I was fascinated by the recycled tire bottoms on these traditional Mexican sandals. Unfortunately, they used leather, they were not comfortable, and they did not come in a flip flop style.
I set off to learn how to make shoes from recycled tires in a flip flop style that did not use leather. After a couple months of apprenticing with shoemakers and cobblers, I honed my skills of cutting, stitching, folding, and the likes. I began making flip flops out of my garage for myself and my surfing comrades.
My first models used a combination of hemp fabrics and recycled race car tires. Later, I incorporated the use of recycled bicycle inner tubes. I was always drawn to hemp fabric as an environmental alternative to cotton and its competing synthetic textiles. I like the inherent strength of the hemp fiber and its natural resistance to moisture and mold. After reading “The Hemperor Wears No Clothes” I was convinced that I had to use and promote the benefits of hemp.
As SPLAFF’s sandal business grew, I began to add and design more eco-conscious, alternative products utilizing the same materials (recycled tires, hemp fabrics, and recycled bicycle inner tubes). Today SPLAFF’s product line includes bags, belts, wallets, guitar straps and wristbands.
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