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This LA-Based Brand Designs Boots With Eco-Friendly Details and Old-School Craftsmanship

Sustainability, innovation and old-school craftsmanship come together from newly launched Davinci footwear. The L.A.-based brand, founded by former West Coast Shoe Company (WESCO) shoemakers Jaime Crespo and Eric Payne, and partner ​Curt Clemens, ​offers minimalist men’s and women’s boot silhouettes designed with an all-natural foot feel.

With comfort at its core, the shoes incorporate its KineticFLEX​TM​ Footbed technology — a stitched-down leather insole that forms to the foot, adding durability and a longer lifespan, according to Payne, who described it as “one of the oldest shoe-making techniques. We call this our 360degree stitch-down. Generally, insoles are second-thought add-ons, which get easily worn down.”

The handcrafted insoles are made from biodegradable leather and recyclable Cellfit, a shock-absorbing flexible foam. Other eco-friendly details include outsoles engineered with recycled coconut husk and rubber, and custom wax laces.

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Production is done in Léon, Mexico, while design and fulfillment takes place at its 5,000 square feet headquarters north of downtown L.A. in the Lincoln Heights area. Prices range from $298-$327 on Davincifootwear.com.

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Davinci footwear.
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Davinci footwear.
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