Overall Rating: Certified

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“Quality shoes made by fairly paid craftspeople”

Adelante Shoe Company uses business as a force for positive economic development; they are among the most progressive brands when it comes to commitment to living wages for their makers in Guatemala. Adelante handmakes, made to order, leather shoes for men and women with custom sizing options. This Boston, MA based brand offers classic shoe styles that are great for casual, business casual, and professional attire.

Overall Rating: Certified

Shop: Mens | Womens

Home Country: USA

“Quality shoes made by fairly paid craftspeople”

Eco-Stylist Certified
Adelante Shoe Company uses business as a force for positive economic development; they are among the most progressive brands when it comes to commitment to living wages for their makers in Guatemala. Adelante handmakes, made to order, leather shoes for men and women with custom sizing options. This Boston, MA based brand offers classic shoe styles that are great for casual, business casual, and professional attire.

Transparency

Three Leaves Earned
Rated: Excellent
  • Adelante owns, operates, and monitors one factory, on a daily basis, in Pastores, Guatemala. All of their shoes are made in this factory.
  • They’re not only transparent about where the shoes are made, but also the wages and wellbeing of their employers through their yearly impact reports.
  • The makers sign the shoes they produce and are introduced through Adelante’s social media and impact reports.

Fair Labor

Three Leaves Earned
Rated: Excellent
  • Adelante pays their workers in Guatemala above a living wage. Check out employee wages in 2019.
  • Adelante invest in worker wellbeing by measuring their workers quality of life year over year, and looking for how they can improve it through the “Living Well Line.”
  • During COVID-19 Adelante started a relief fund to deliver care packages of food and essentials to unemployed craftsmen in Pastores.

Sustainably Made

One Leaf Earned
Rated: Fair
  • Adelante uses vegetable tanned leather, a safer and less toxic alternative method to produce footwear.
  • Adelante’s carbon footprint is reduced by hand making the shoes.
  • Adelante reduces waste by making shoes to order and eliminating excess inventory.
  • The shoes are resoleable to encourage longevity.
  • Sustainability can be improved by measuring their environmental footprint, and making a plan to reduce it.
  • Additionally, Adelante can explore a more eco-friendly fabric alternative to leather.

Last Updated: 03/19/21.

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