SANS MATIN is a British established shoe brand conceptualised on the founders’ backpacking journey through South America in 2015. What began as a need for two travellers has now become one of the must-have brands in the UK. The family owned Shopify store, run by cousins Charly and Lockie Cunningham, was established to bridge a gap in the market for stylish, comfortable and affordable trainers that suit a range of environments, from a respectable London office to a local bar abroad.
It has been imperative to both Charly and Lockie to build SANS MATIN around three core pillars: charitability, ethics, and sustainable practises. Sustainability is at the forefront and is visible in the ethical choices made by the founders that reach beyond their own production and packaging.
Charly and Lockie based the company on a circular model, meaning they extend the company’s responsibilities past the buyer's purchase by completing the lifecycle of old SANS MATIN trainers. They do so by offering customers a 10% discount on their next pair if they send their worn out shoes back to SANS MATIN for recycling.
SANS MATIN has chosen a family run atelier in Medellin, Columbia, to ensure fair wages and good working conditions in their supply chain. That has provided them with the opportunity to further commit to their sustainability goals. The company supports the local economy and reduces its carbon footprint, an objective SANS MATIN is dedicated to (and wholeheartedly endorsed by us!), by choosing locally sourced materials, no more than two hours from the atelier.
The founders also extend their social responsibility outside the company walls and donate 2% of all sales to charities that align with their key values.
SANS MATIN cares deeply about providing its customers with a versatile, comfortable, and stylish everyday trainer while ensuring quality craftsmanship and the most sustainable production methods available. Their passion for sustainability reflects in their dedication to applying sustainable practises to all levels of the company and the success of touching base on all three pillars of sustainability; economical, social and environmental.
The result is an ethical collection of the perfect everyday trainer suited to complement the work life balance of the modern day consumer.