Loints of Holland - SINCE 1918!
In 1918 C. Klijsen start as an independent shoemaker in the shed behind the house in Kaatsheuvel, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. This area is the main area for tanneries and shoemanufacturers.
His son H.L. Klijsen (1900-1957) made the step producing a collection in series and rebuild the shed into a small factory. After the second world war the numbers grew and we specialized in ladies comfort shoes, also semi-orthopedic.
Kees Klijsen, the third generation director and designer, started combining this knowledge with simple and pure design in the early 70`s. This was the start of what the Loints of Holland are today.
Making Loints still means a lot of manual labour and involvement. An average Loints shoe has 200 productionactions! Their shoes are very individual and not made by automised/robot machines, but by people!
At Loints of Holland they have been making shoes which are durable with less environment damaging. The figured out models use less (lining-) leathers, glue and energy.
Contributing to a better environment can be done on different levels:
1. Every year hundreds of millions of shoes are being thrown away globally. Shoes of better quality and durability make these "wastemountains" smaller. One way in which Loints of Holland brand helps reduce this problem of global waste is to manufacture products that offer repairing and resoling. This feature allows your shoes to be worn even longer! Extra lifetime extending tip: Maintain your shoes properly and wear them every other day.
2. How environmentally friendly are various footwear manufactures? Are they taking steps to help reduce global pollution? At Loints of Holland, they can proudly say "yes", we do! The origin of the raw materials is a very important item: are these manufacturers working in a clean way? How do they treat their waste? Loints of Holland works with suppliers from Western-Europe who are guided by strict European Laws. Their tanneries do not use Benzedrine and pcp`s and have extensive water-clearing installations. For years now, the manufacturers of their PU-outsoles do not use freon.
3. Most Loint's designs are simple and unlined: this saves glues, lining leather and labor, thus energy. Unnecessary and artificial materials are left out.
And let`s not forget The Human Factor: Loints of Holland are comfortable and therefore you wear them longer and with joy!
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