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The manufacturing of products is often associated with harming the environment and people. Hazardous pollutants are often emitted into nature and employees do not get treated fairly. But not at GROUNDIES®. We take responsibility: Our shoes are produced sustainable and climate-neutral under economic, ecological, and social aspects.

Guaranteed to last

Durability is one of the key points of sustainability. That is why we produce our barefoot shoes to have maximum durability. Our flexible barefoot soles, based on innovative TrueSense® technology, are as abrasion resistant as shoes can get. That means you can enjoy your GROUNDIES® for a long time and you leave hardly any trace of microplastic in the environment. We trust our soles completely, that is why we offer a 3-year warranty against sole, if used normally.

Sustainable materials

We use high quality materials for all GROUNDIES®, that perfectly match the respective purpose of the shoe: Leather from Europe as well as high-quality and robust vegan upper materials. We also use textile alternatives from nature. For example, we process corn, coffee or bamboo yarn in our shoes.


We are proud that our shoes are completely manufactured in the EU. Short transport routes save harmful CO2 emissions and make supply chains transparent. New prototypes are designed in our in-house development centre in Freiburg im Breisgau. The GROUNDIES® sole is created in the traditional shoe metropolis of Pirmasens. In our shoe manufactory in Portugal, soles and uppers are handsewn together.

We create fair jobs

The social component of our manufacturing is of particular importance to us. We offer our committed employees long-term, fairly paid jobs with optimal working conditions and opportunities for further training. Their satisfaction is looked into by us at regular intervals.

Climate neutral

We work daily to keep our ecological barefoot print as small as possible. To achieve this goal, we have planted 20,000 trees through the support of "Plant-for-the-Planet". The cooperation expired end of May 2021. Our current partner for our optimizations is ClimatePartner. After intensive analyses, we know exactly how much CO2 we need to offset to get to zero - and have been certified climate neutral since 2020. Learn more about it here.

Step by step, to reach our goal

Here at GROUNDIES®, we believe that the conservation of nature, economic performance, and social responsibility are inseparable. Full of passion, dedication and foresight, we design products that help to secure a sustainable livelihood for future generations. That's why we carefully consider our production processes, down to the very last detail. In this way, we ensure that we minimise stress on the environment, helping to protect a world in which we can continue to walk barefoot for many years to come.

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