Love the planet you walk on
We believe that taking small steps in the right direction add up to make a big difference. Our first step towards change is Ponto – our commitment to help the world live more mindfully by fostering a purer sense of self, a cleaner planet, and a more livable tomorrow. We also made the first dress sneaker (yes, it’s a thing).
Simply put, we’re shoes made better. Made almost entirely from recycled materials, our first silhouette looks like work and wears like leisure. Our shoe bottoms feature a bio-based foam that is the world’s first plant-based foam produced with algae biomass and our shoe uppers are constructed using recycled leather.
Growing up in Southern California, the ocean holds a special place in our story. Named after our favorite childhood beach in Carlsbad, CA, Ponto Beach, our company donates a portion of proceeds from each purchase to protecting our oceans. We partnered with The Ocean Cleanup Project, arguably the largest scale and most technically innovative ocean cleanup effort in history, to remind us of the potential of our personal impact on the world.
We invite you to join us and walk towards a more harmonious relationship with yourself and our planet.
Love the planet you walk on,
Aaron & Joey
We value conscious consumerism. With every Ponto step you take, we hope you feel a little more grounded, balanced, and connected to the things you care about most. With more choices and options than ever before, what we choose to buy really is a reflection of our own values and identity. We believe that our connection with the things we own is important. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they produced? And at what cost?
We aim to not only be as responsible and sustainable with our manufacturing processes and materials that go into creating our shoes, but also as transparent as possible with you, the consumer. We are not trying to label ourselves as the best product ever that will save the world as a marketing tactic to garner more sales. Part of the issue with sustainability is that there are so many different interpretations and “greenwashing” is becoming prevalent as many brands attempt to inflate their claims to get more clicks. We prefer to be open, transparent, and are taking the most holistic approach to sustainability as we can. We welcome feedback and will continue to strive to produce the highest quality and least impactful products possible.
For every pair of Pontos that you send to a regional Soles4Souls distribution center, we’ll give you a $20 credit to be applied to your next pair of Pontos. Those shoes will then empower an aspiring entrepreneur in a developing nation re-purpose the shoes to be resold and kickstart someone’s entrepreneurial micro-enterprise.
Circular Economy / Circular Production
We understand that part of keeping our planet and oceans clean is reducing waste and creating a circular economy. This is why we are also partnering with Soles4Souls, the largest not-for-profit shoe and apparel social enterprise in the US to not only help uplift others, but also keep our used and unsellable inventory out of landfills.
At some point in the future, when you are ready to part ways with your Pontos, we invite you to take part in our buyback program to help us get closer to activating a more circular economy and putting credits back in your pocket for your next pair of Pontos. For every pair of Pontos that you send to a regional Soles4Souls distribution center, we’ll give you a $25 credit to be applied to your next pair of Pontos. Those shoes will then empower an aspiring entrepreneur in a developing nation re-purpose the shoes to be resold and kickstart someone’s entrepreneurial micro-enterprise.
Less is More
The best thing we can do to help the planet is to simply consume less. This is at the heart of our company- enabling you to do more with less. We designed our shoe to be a hybrid product for your life on the go. The Pacific is able to be worn to work, the bar, a wedding, pretty much anywhere. The “Fast Fashion” trend that has become all too popular in the industry is simply wasteful. We believe in owning fewer high quality products that can do more. Our shoes are minimalist in design, classy, elegant, and ridiculously comfortable.
Growing up in Southern California, the ocean holds a special place in our story. Named after our favorite childhood beach in Carlsbad, CA, Ponto donates the greater of 1% of sales or 10% of profits to protecting our oceans. We partnered with The Ocean Cleanup Project, arguably the largest scale and most technically innovative ocean cleanup effort in history, to remind us of the potential of our personal impact on the world.
Ponto is proud to be totally carbon neutral for all of our shipping. Its an unfortunately reality that there are unavoidable associated environmental costs with producing and delivering anything. We are taking steps towards our ultimate goal of becoming Zero Carbon. We’ve partnered with Flexport’s Carbon Offset Program to minimize all shipping related emissions and purchase carbon offsets for what we can’t avoid. This not only includes ocean freight shipping to get our product to our warehouse, but we also calculate and include all emissions from each delivery to you, the customer. You can rest assured and breathe easy knowing that receiving your pair of Ponto’s doesn’t contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, at every stage in their journey.
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