We love offering products that are unique and not mainstream, that’s why we are so pleased with our new brand STARTAS. Whats great about these shoes is that they are hand made in Croatia and they are made from Natural, renewable products which means if you are a Vegan, you can feel good about owning a pair of these. The other great thing about them is the history of the factory. They come from one of Croatia’s oldest shoe manufacturers.
They were originally designed for table tennis players with flexibility, grip, and comfort in mind. Over the years STARTAS became a cult phenomenon and an iconic symbol of the Croatian culture. Sadly, during the 1990s much of Vukovar and the STARTAS factory were destroyed during Croatia’s war of independence. STARTAS production was put on hold for years until the city and the factory could rebuild. And it wasn’t until 2008 that the brand succeeded in landing their shoes back on the fashion map.
STARTAS are a throwback to a time when sneakers, like most things, were made by people who mastered the subtleties of their craft. It still takes one hour— from start to finish—to create each pair of STARTAS, using only traditional techniques and vintage, manually operated equipment. A craftsperson who took great pride in his or her work made this shoe for you. So, when you get your new pair of STARTAS, hold them in your hands and look closely. You’ll notice that they display the subtle nuances of a product that was touched by human hands.
STARTAS sneakers have already been featured in american Vogue and InStyle magazines, and are gaining more and more popularity throughout the world.
We love them and look forward to them being apart of our collection for years to come.
The Wife x