All plants, no plastic sneakers made to return to the earth and regenerate into something new.
It's good to be a degenerateWe designed the DEGENERATE by slamming a clean, stripped-down upper into a deep cup-sole, creating a modern silhouette with attitude and style. Inspired by the PNW, we brought together the utility of Outdoor with the simplicity of a Skate silhouette to create a statement sneaker that can handle whatever you throw at it.
StyleStripped down upper deep cut sole
ComfortTextile shell, breathable upper construction
DurabilityOnly breaks down when you're done with it
REGENERATIVE materialsWe’ve teamed up with NFW (Natural Fiber Welding) to employ a set of revolutionary plant powered materials. MIRUM®, a plant based leather. CLARUS®, a recycled cotton to create the upper of the shoe. We collaborated with NFW to engineer, design and produce new solutions for the bottom of the shoe including exclusive natural rubber compounds (TUNERA™ and PLIANT™) that are durable enough for outsoles and soft enough for cushioning foams.
Natural RubberTUNERA™ natural foam rubber heel cushioning & PLIANT™ natural rubber outsole
Natural CottonCotton canvas lining. Cotton embroidered tongue logo. Cotton laces with embroidered lace tips. Linen side stitch
Plant LeatherMIRUM® mudguard, tip and edging
Plant FiberCLARUS® upper: a welded recycled cotton with extra durability
And...CoconutsCoconut fiber inlay sole with linen cover
Pliant™The most sustainable shoe sole ever made: natural, plastic-free, recyclable, and scalable
Tunera™Bioneutral, plastic-free foam
Clarus®High-performance plastic-free recycled cotton that outperforms virgin cotton and synthetics
Mirum®The only plastic-free plant-based leather alternative in-market
From Plants To PlantsEvery ounce of this shoe has been made with next-gen plant-powered technology to create products that follow the circularity of mother nature. Made from 100% natural inputs, put together using chemistry that allows the materials to break down into their natural elements, and return harmlessly to the earth.
Handmade in ItalyThe DEGENERATE reaches back in time, to rediscover old-school shoe making techniques used in the pre-plastics era. To tap into these techniques, we went to the spiritual home of artisanal shoe making: Italy.
TakeBack ProgramAll of our products are built to last, but inevitably, footwear and apparel wears out. We take back your shoes at no additional charge, and send them back to our material supplier and partner Natural Fiber Welding. NFW will then grind the shoes up to create new soil products.
THE PLASTICS PROBLEM IS REALThe vast majority of shoes are made with plastics and other petrochemicals breaking down into harmful micro-plastics that find their way into our rivers and oceans, our food and our bodies. What doesn’t end up in a landfill, is often incinerated, creating harmful emissions.
Where does the name DEGENERATE come from?
The shoe has been made with 100% natural materials that can harmlessly decompose at the end of their useful life.
Who designed the DEGENERATE?
The Degenerate was designed by the UNLESS in house design team.
Can I run in the DEGENERATE? Is it built for performance?
This sneaker has not been designed with any specific sport or performance characteristics in mind. It is a “lifestyle” sneaker that is meant to be worn for everyday use.
Is the DEGENERATE lighter or heavier than my day to day sneaker?
The degenerate weighs roughly as much as any other traditional lifestyle sneaker.
How durable is the DEGENERATE?
This always depends on how and where the shoe is worn. It was designed to last as long as any other traditional lifestyle sneaker.