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All plants. No plastic. 
Its good to be a DEGENERATE.

This statement sneaker was designed by slamming a clean, stripped-down upper into a deep cup-sole, creating a strong, modern silhouette with attitude and style. 

Made from only plants and minerals, The DEGENERATE can handle whatever you throw at it.  Its built to last, but after you’ve worn it to death, send it back to us and we’ll return it harmlessly to the earth.    


NFW (Natural Fiber Welding) plant powered materials
NFW Clarus recycled cotton base material
NFW Mirum overlays and reinforcements
NFW Pliant natural rubber outsole
NFW Tunera natural foam rubber heel cushioning
Cotton laces with embroidered lace tips
Coconut fiber inlay sole with linen cover
Linen side stitch
Cotton canvas lining
Cotton embroidered tongue logo


Every 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.


Deep cup-sole
Low to the ground
Protective sidewall
Breathable upper construction
Clean design

Handmade in Italy. 100% Plant Based. Plastic free.

Plant Based

Free returns

Handmade in Italy


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Since all products eventually end up in the ground someday, we decided to use materials that could safely decompose when they did. We didn’t need to look farther than the forest floor to see the answers already existed in nature. If we could source 100% natural, or plant-based materials that have polymer bonds that nature can undo, then our problem would be solved.


    To create a breathable, light and flexible shoe that provides protection, durability, comfort and traction, all without using any plastics or petrochemicals, we had to reach back in time to rediscover old-school shoe making techniques used in the pre-plastics era.


    We’ve developed real-world applications that turn our sneaker into valuable inputs for new soil products, allowing UNLESS to use the decomposition process to birth something entirely new.


    NFW (Natural Fiber Welding) is our ALL plants, NO plastic material innovation partner. We are the first to use their PLIANT™ and TUNERA™ products to create The DEGENERATE, the world’s first regenerative sneaker.

A little dirt don’t hurt!

Meet Dee, our resident lil green dirtbag who goes buckwild for all things regenerative.

He talks life, earth and being green with a crew of unforgettable change makers.
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Keep It Growing Introducing Dee
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Keep It Growing with Xiuhtezcatl
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Keep It Growing with Karla Welch
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Keep It Growing with Alexis Nikole
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Keep It Growing with Kalani Robb

All plants. No plastic. The first regenerative sneaker has arrived.


UNLESS partnered with NFW (Natural Fiber Welding) to expand NFW’s set of revolutionary material ecosystem into zero-plastic foam, TUNERA™, and the world's first recyclable, plastic-free rubber molded composites, PLIANT™, all while still being able to harmlessly biologically degrade at the end-of-life.

From plants to plants

The DEGENERATE is built to last, but after you’ve worn it to death, send it back to us and we will return it to the earth.

All 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 NFW. NFW will then create new soil products.

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