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ILYSM is committed to ethical low impact production and high impact initiatives, balancing quality and longevity of product with responsibly sourcing materials.

What's in our Tabi?

• Produced on Shima Seiki knitting machines

• Saving 30% of waste material over traditional sneaker upper construction.

• Use recycled, low impact, and naturally derived materials whenever possible, weighing the sustainability/impact of the material with the durability and aesthetic function of the design as a whole.

Ethical Labor

• Innovative footwear studio in Guangzhou, China

• Workers are paid a competitive salary and provided housing and meals for themselves and their families

• The average wage at our factory is 3.44x the minimum wage in Guangzhou, China.

• Our upper knitting process is automated and high tech (with technician oversight)

• The rest of the process is touched by human hands every step of the way

Ethical Manifacturing

• Eliminate steps in the manufacturing process by utilizing digital knitting and laser cutting in our upper construction process

• Tabis pass through 31 stations

• Up to 135 workers touch each sneaker during the assembly process:knitting, stitching, cutting, lasting, gluing, refining, checking quality, and packaging