Bridge-Bit Cactus Leather Vegan Loafer | Burgundy
by Ross Oliver
The Bridge-Bit Loafer started off as a concept design back in 2019, and took design inspiration from the Clifton suspension bridge. Following a year of meticulous refining, the Bridge-Bit Loafer was officially released Spring 2021 and shortly after, was nominated for footwear designer of the year award.
- Upper: Cactus “Nopal” Leather
- Hand stitched apron
- Fully lined with black Cactus leather
- Handmade brass finished Bridge Buckle
- Blake stitched Construction for a lifetime of wear
Low profile rubber sole
Cactus Leather, also called “nopal” leather, is a vegan material made from the cactus plant. It has a lovely soft texture, similar to that of caviar grain leather, and is supple but strong. It is also known for being very breathable and praised by industry experts for its ability to offer the luxury market with a leather alternative. Which makes sense, as it shares many characteristics to that of traditional high quality animal leather, but with an overwhelming number of benefits.
Step 1- Where possible, always try and use a shoe horn to prevent any stress or damage to the shoe.
Step 2- When shoes are not in use, use shoe trees to help maintain shape, absorb moisture and soften creases as they dry out.
Step 3- To maintain the leather, Ross Oliver recommends regular use of care products such as a good conditioning cream or polish.
Recommended Care Schedule:
- Daily use: weekly applications
- Weekly use: monthly application
- Monthly use: quarterly application
Handmade in England by traditional British artisans, using sumptuous and sustainable Cactus leather, this design echoes tradition, originality and modernism. Cruelty-free & vegan.
Cactus Leather: Mexican company Desserto offers eco-friendly innovation by creating a leather made from the nopal cactus, which grows locally in Mexico and needs hardly any water to grow. This alone makes it a winner over animal leather, which is very water-intensive. The founders of Desserto have said that the use of this material, in the place of animal skins or traditionally made synthetic leathers, may result in a 32-42% reduction in plastic waste, depending on the amount of cactus used.
The material is made from an organic cactus-derived formula, with a backing made from recycled polyester and recycled cotton. It is made to last: with a focus on durability, the company has ensured that the textile is resistant to water, rubbing, and tearing. It also has a smooth, high-quality finish.
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