Orba Sneakers, Men's

Orba Shoes

Orba Shoes

A shoe that does not leave a trace as it is designed to biodegrade. It's a worlds first.

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A shoe that does not leave a trace as it is designed to biodegrade. It's a worlds first.

The Orba sneaker is a worlds first shoe that is totally natural. All components and materials are designed and crafted so the shoes can biodegrade and meet the relevant ISO standards for casual footwear including abrasion and slip resistance, flexibility and tear strength.

They are also tested for pollutants so that the shoes meet the level required for certification. This assures Orba that the shoes are as safe as possible.

Each material, starting at the natural plant-based rubber sole to the embroidered cotton eyelets, has been carefully chosen for its unique properties and environmental impact. 

Why an Orba Sneaker?

  • Designed in New Zealand
  • A worlds First biodegradable shoe (as with all things, biodegradation occurs only in a suitable micro-organism rich environment)
  • Sustainable
  • Made from Nature
  • A shoe that keeps you and the planet looking good
  • Innovative
  • Doesn't harm the planet
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Stylish Street Sneakers
  • Made in Indonesia

Sizes: European size 36 - 45

If they get dirty, spot clean them with a soft bristle brush and cold soapy water. Remove the laces and soak them in the soapy water.

The shoe upper is coated with an eco + non-toxic footwear protector that may require refreshing with heavy wear. This is safe to hand wash.

What are the shoes made of?


A world-first compound, over 93% plant-based, also with around 4% beeswax and a less than 2% trace of other natural compounds and minerals for durability, comfort, performance and appearance.

Sole Material: Smoked Natural Rubber, Rice Husk Ash and Coconut Oil

Three of the most highly renewable plant materials in the world combine into a unique natural upper that offers performance, comfort and durability equivalent to or better than all alternatives.

Upper Material: Flax Canvas, Kenaf (Hemp) and Ramie (Nettle)

Shaped and compacted into three layers, each designed to provide the ergonomic support appropriate for each part of the foot.

Footbed Material:
 Cork, Coconut Husk, Latex and Agave Sisal

Laces, Labels and Stitching: Certified Organic Cotton

Packaging: Recycled Cardboard with Natural Ink

Dimensions (W x H x D): NA
Weight (gross): NA
Eco criteria

Eco Product selection criteria

When we source our products, we try to find as many environmental benefits as possible. We source eco products that do not cause any unnecessary harm to our environment.
This particular product matches the following critera (click on each to see other products matching the same):

All of our eco criteria explained

Made from recycled materials or is recyclable

Recycling has many benefits like saving energy, conserving raw materials, reducing the amount of stuff that goes to landfills and it's also saving you money. 2.5 Million Tons of waste go to landfills each year (8kg per person/week) 3/4 could be saved by re-using, recycling and composting. Re-duce, Re-use, Re-cycle!

Contain no toxins or harmful ingredients

Many people suffer from allergies, asthma and other sensitivities because of products that contain toxins or otherwise harmful ingredients. Most of these products are used inside the house eg. for cleaning, as body care products, as a detergent and so on. We try to source products that are mostly natural and do not cause any harm to you or your environment.

Be compostable or biodegradable

What is the difference? Compostable materials provide the earth with nutrients once it has completely broken down. Biodegradable materials refer to the ability of breaking down and return to nature. Buying products that are compostable and/or biodegradable will help to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills.

Fairly traded or Fairtrade certified

At the beginning of most production chains are the workers and farmers (producers). Sadly they do not always get a fair share of the benefits of the trade. You as a consumer can now make a conscious decision about buying fairtrade or fairly traded products and putting this right.

Reduce the dependence on oil

Many household items are made of plastic. Because plastic doesn't react chemically with most other substances, it doesn't break down or decay. Therefore, plastic poses a significant environmental problem as it hangs around in the environment for a very long time. We stock many products that use little or no plastic in order to reduce our dependence on oil.

Cruelty free

The testing on animals for cosmetic and consumer products needs to stop. Whether you decide to buy only vegan products, or just start incorporating more cruelty-free products into your life, it's definitely worth to go animal friendly. The products we source are cruelty-free and do not harm or kill animals in their making.
About Orba Shoes
Orba Shoes

The team at Orba are crafting renewable plant-based materials into a shoe of comfort, style and good vibes.

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244 37 4 6 3 4
251 38 5 7 4 5
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271 41 8 10 7 8
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284 43 10 12 9 10
291 44 11 13 10 11
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