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Monthly Archives: June 2019

  • BENDY shoe: another reason it is more ethically made

    Our box is made 100% post-consumer and post-industrial content. It is fully recyclable and biodegradable. Our box maker is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Made locally made in the United States, the BENDY box is designed with simplicity and sustainability in mind so our shipping box and shoe box are an “all-in-one”. This reduces waste by 40%.  That's good stuff and it is why are are different the other shoe makers. We are proud to be creating a shoe that is kinder on our planet. Shop BENDY here

    a more ethically made shoe BENDY by Ashbury Skies

  • Ethically made, using responsibly tanned leather: BENDY

    The BENDY is a modern, comfortable shoe with a lower carbon footprint, handcrafted in California.

    Leather used on the BENDY  originates from an Italian tannery that uses the most modern technology in their tanning process. They are a leading player in ethical, responsible tanning. They:

    • Developed a water-based finishing process (instead of chemical based) which is safer for the workers and the environment.
    • Created a water purification plant and have reduced the emission of carbon dioxide by opening 4 co-generation plants.
    • Hold the Gold Certified Environmental Stewardship Certification (awarded for ethical, environmental and safe practices in the processing of hides).
    • Hold the BLUE Angel certificate (awarded for minimizing their impact on the health and the environment during the production phase as well as in the recycling and disposal phases).

    To learn more about the BENDY, click here

    BENDY: most comfortable shoe BENDY by Ashbury Skies

  • BENDY: most comfortable shoe AND my life's work

    most comfortable shoe for travelmarysue | Indie Shoe Blog for Women BENDY by Ashbury Skies


    Navigating the style - comfort thing is tricky. I happen to know a bit about this as I hail from San Francisco and this is a city where style AND comfort count. We have some pretty famous and spectacular hills to maneuver in our city by the bay.

    Having spent my entire career in the shoe business, I also know a lot about shoes and I care what my shoes look like. As women age, they sometimes  forgo style for comfort.  I was not willing to go there, so I set out to create a modern comfortable shoe for navigating our city streets.

    I did not do this alone , I collaborated with a dear friend and footwear veteran  Caroline de Baere and we created the BENDY. Besides being uber comfortable, our shoe has a lower carbon footprint as it is handcrafted in our home state of California.  Because of this and because our shoe is more simply made than a sneaker, the BENDY has a big emission savings over a China made sneaker.  So the BENDY is good for your feet and gentler on our planet.

    Women often describe wearing our shoe, like walking on clouds. To learn more and see for yourself what my life's work has led to, click here.

    a modern comfortable shoe, made in the USAmarysue | Indie Shoe Blog for Women BENDY by Ashbury Skies


  • BENDY at the Be Invincible Women's Summit

    Caroline and I were so excited to be part of San Francisco Mayor, London Breed’s Be Invincible Women’s Summit yesterday. For those of you that don’t know her, she is our rock star San Francisco Mayor who also happens to be San Francisco’s first female black Mayor. There were so many extraordinary women speaking at the event AND in the crowd.

    We were asked to showcase our product there because the small business arm of the City of San Francisco is pretty darn excited about the BENDY’s impressive launch this year and prospects for the future. Thanks to MEDA for cheering us on and giving us this opportunity to shine on Friday.

    We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback on the BENDY.  We brought some extra BENDY’s and our Square reader and that was a good business decision as women were buying them from the display.

    Many thanks to London Breed and MEDA San Francisco for the recognition and a chance to get in front of the movers and shakers in San Francisco. I hope to see Mayor Breed in her new pair of mustard BENDY’s soon.

    Learn more about BENDY here

    BENDY at Be Invincible Women's Summit 2019

    BENDY at Be Invincible Women's Summit 2019

  • BENDY: travel friendly and comfortable

    The BENDY is a pretty sweet travel companion. Caroline, our co-founder, her wore her BENDY's on are recent trip to Brazil.  The secret sauce of this shoe is the foot bed. Women often describe wearing the BENDY, like walking on clouds. Take a look at our entire collection and new color ways here

    Bendy on the air plane BENDY by Ashbury Skies: a modern comfortable shoe


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