Recycled materials are used whenever possible, including our boxes and hangtags. On our most recent round of production we have decided to skip the box altogether, reducing not only the paper waste but creating a smaller shipping container, in turn, cutting back on our carbon footprint by about 50%.
When possible, our leather is vegetable tanned, which reduces the amount of chemicals being used. This process may result in unique color variations, making each style one-of-a-kind. The leather will get more supple and vintage looking with each wear.
The SALT+UMBER brand supports female entrepreneurship, small businesses and local artists.
Many of the artisans that create these unique woven sandals are small business women located in rural villages in India. These women are provided micro-loans which deliver economic empowerment to women whom would not normally be allowed to work, given the social structure of their home life. Through these opportunities, the women are able to form communities, share stories, learn from each-other and reduce inequality within their homes and culture.
"A story behind every pair"
After a decade in the mass-market footwear industry, seeing the destruction caused to mother nature by shoe-manufacturing process and unethical supply chains, Susie decided to make a drastic change in her career. By thinking outside the box, focusing on creating unique styles, finding diversity in manufacturing, and promoting ethical and sustainable practices, she hopes to enlighten the consumer with the “story behind each pair”.
Our mission is simple, to create a collective community of artists and female entrepreneurs worldwide.
Sustainability, diversity and women empowerment will always remain our number one priority.
What is the significance of our name, salt+umber?
The name Salt+Umber embodies our brand DNA and evokes thoughts of natural minerals from the earth that inspire so many of our designs.
We have always been motivated by the sea and the idea of how a body of water can bind and connect our cultures.
Salt, a natural mineral found in the ocean is known to be essential to life. Umber can be defined as a natural brown or reddish-brown earth pigment that contains iron oxide and manganese oxide.
The colors and textures of land and sea are key components of our creative process – and two simple elements of the world that link us all.