Here’s the inspiring story behind Verdura: The European Union banned narrow gauge fishing net because it captured young fish and endangered many species. Andrea spotted pieces of net on the beach near his hometown of Piombino on the Italian coast.
He picked one up, put his foot into it, out of curiosity, to see how strong it was and immediately recognized the shape of a sandal forming around his foot. He felt that he could make a sandal from this net, but realized he should soften it, to make it comfortable.
We cut the net and wash it several times to soften the fabric. We dye it with natural pigments and then combine it with cork, recycled rubber sole and waste leather left over from shoe production.
The insole is anatomic, made of natural cork. The sole itself is available in two different versions, one composed of recycled Vibram rubber and the other of recycled, vegetable-tanned leather. We use these eco-conscious materials to craft stylish, comfortable footwear for women, men and kids.