For us, environmental protect ion is neither a marketing tool nor a temporary fashion topic, but the pure conviction and solid part of our company philosophy.
For more than 20years we have been producing shoes under strict ecological standards and utilisation of materials which are kind to humans as well as nature.
Compared to the mass production of low cost countries we make every shoe manually, in the age old tradition on a last* and with a lot of love for detai ls. Sustainability is an important basic principle for us.
Therefore we produce every shoe under careful consideration of regenerative natural resources.
Form follows function for "healthy" shoes.
"Healthy" shoes don't have to be ugly. But they may be a bit different. Different, because they refuse to slavishly follow the dictates of fashion, and instead have grown and developed from basic anatomical and orthopedic principles.
The shoes we've created following this philosophy are fascinating in their unique design, from the uppers down to the unusual, individual soles.
You either love Think! shoes or you don't. Which is good, because some people like to swim against the current of anonymous mainstream design. Perhaps a little courage is required as well. Why don't you decide for yourself?
If the shoe fits, wear it.
A river takes uncounted ages to carve out a bed where it may flow freely. Our feet haven't got that much time in the space of their short lives. Instead, let's put them in a bed that provides them with the freedom they need and that works together with the complex interplay of muscles, tendons and bones that make up our feet.
That's why we take the greatest care not only while crafting each model, but also when we create the last, a model for shaping the shoe. The last and the pattern determine whether your foot will feel good in the shoe or not. And to make sure that the fit lasts for the life of the shoe, we leave the shoe on the last for several hours, in good old shoemaker tradition.
Nature requires care. Since we use premium-quality natural materials, your shoes require a bit more care than conventional shoes made with chemically treated components.
Your shoes need their rest. Regularly and for at least 48 hours. Ideally in a shoetree to maintain their shape.
Never place shoes on heaters or radiators. It's better to stuff your shoes with newspapers to dry them.
At least once a week. Use shoe cream, but under no circumstances "easy-shine" products which may dry out the leather.
Please clean and waterproof before the first wearing. Use a shoehorn and never step on the heel to remove your shoe.
Our Promise to You
For us, environmental protection is neither a marketing tool nor a temporary fashion topic, but the pure conviction and a solid part of our company philosophy.
Think! Designed in Austria, produced in Europe
Apart from leather and recyclable PU use d in our soles, we also utilise natural latex, a renewable raw materialobtained from the "hevea tree". By carving the bark, the latex seeps out, is collected in reservoirs and will be further processed.
After approx. 25 years , when the tree cannot supply anymore sap, it will continue its growth naturally. Natural latex is characterised by excellent insulation as well as high abrasion resistance and is skid-proof.
Our insoles are made of 99% pure cork, adjusting to the shape of the foot i n a natural and healthy way.
Apart from our respect of raw materials, we attach great importance to environmental friendliness and all our packaging in made of recyclable paper and cardboard.
Nature is as nature does!
Wherever your foot comes in contact with your shoe, we only use vegetable-tanned leather, 100% of the time in most models.
We obtain the natural tannins from ground bark extracts of plantation-planted trees. Although vegetable-tanned leather is more costly to produce and more difficult to process, its benefits speak for themselves:
We buy our leathers mostly from certified tanneries in central Europe, which we have proofed in detail regarding the prevailing environmental and social situation. No cow, which has been grazing peacefully on a pasture in Tuscany has to fade away through the production of our shoes. Our leather is only a bi-product of food processing. We don’t conserve our rawhides using chemi cal addit ives, to create transport shortcuts. Special salts and a faultless cold chain are enough to ensure the healthy transport of our hides.
Wherever possible, we use vegetable tanned leather and always where the foot is in direct contact with the material, thereby using only vegetable tanned leather for the linings. The bark for our tanning agent is extracted from profit - tree plantations, an intelligent re-use of waste products. No tree from the primeval forest or tropical rain forest has to be cut down for the production of tanning agents.
Vegetable tanning benefits humans as well as nature in that the leather helps the foot to breathe and absorb humidity very well. Our leather remains in its natural state and we don’t treat it with aluminium, chrome, quicksilver or other poisonous substances. Furthermore, we only use colours free of any heavy metal and we abstain from carcinogenic AZO colours. Factors like child labour, exploitation of employees, inhumane working conditions, unprotected handling of tannic acid and unstrained emissions of tannic acid into rivers are not part of our production process.
- Porous, allowing your feet to breathe,
- and toxin-free (no risk of heavy metal allergies!).