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We are working hard at Elk to make our footwear from more responsible materials and our Risby Sneaker is a classic, everyday style made using leather and an outsole fabricated in Portugal from a mix of rubber and recycled cork. The classic Elk design has new, subtle twists and works with all looks for your everyday white sneaker classic.
- Textured sole made in Portugal from industrial cork waste mixed with rubber
- Classic white Elk Vikran sneaker with updates
- Simple stitching details
- Highly versatile styling
- Comfortable fit
Cow Leather, Sheep Leather, Cotton, Recycled Cork/Rubber Sole
Leather is a natural, renewable material made from animal hides that have been preserved and softened through a tanning process. We select our leathers based on their individual properties and the intended application.
This product is made from leather sourced from a Leather Working Group (LWG) audited and rated tannery. LWG aims to improve the environmental impact of the leather industry by assessing and certifying leather manufacturers. The audit protocol covers energy use, waste, water use and chemicals, as well as traceability.
Chromium VI is not used in any tanning processes for our leathers.
The sole for this sneaker is made using a mix of rubber and recycled industrial cork. The addition of recycled cork creates a lighter and more flexible material and reduces environmental impact by diverting waste from landfill and repurposing it into new products.
These shoes have been handmade in Agra, India by family-owned and operated factory Gupta Overseas Pty Ltd. They have been in business for over 60 years and specialise in making shoes for the European market. With a commitment to responsible business practices and a culture of continuous improvement, Gupta has implemented some outstanding initiatives to support their employees, community and the environment.
Each design is tested at ELK HQ where the shoes are worn for a period to consider comfort, wear and style. The leather upper meets European REACH standards for chemical safety.
Gupta has SA8000 social accountability certification and as members of Sedex undergo annual SMETA social compliance audits, to ensure safe and ethical work practices.
Size and Fit
This is a classic Elk style and is a wide, comfortable fit. We recommend taking your usual size although if you are in between sizes you could go down one.
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These leather shoes should be cleaned and conditioned with a neutral cream polish. Apply with a soft cloth and rub into dry or scuffed areas. Leather is a natural material and will age with wear. It is imperative that you avoid wetting or soaking these shoes in water as this will greatly affect the quality and appearance.