Steve's is a brand of eco-friendly sneakers 100% made in Italy. founded in 2022 by two siblings: Giulia and Filippo.
It was born from the awareness that fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, and that we can no longer afford to ignore the problem. In a year of research and testing of innovative 100% Italian materials Steve's presents the first two sneaker collections. The goal is to bridge the gap between aesthetic beauty and sustainability by offering uniquely designed sneakers and aesthetically beautiful performance materials. Steve's is committed to being 100% transparent about every choice, to ensure sustainability that embraces every aspect of the brand across the board.
Choosing Steve's means making a conscious choice, not only for the look, but also for the future of our planet.
We want to promote responsible fashion and support local Italian craftsmanship, creating a community that shares these values and works together for a more sustainable future. We are determined to show that fashion and the environment can coexist in harmony, without compromise.Steve's firmly believes in the importance of supporting 100% Italian supply chain, from yarn production to materials to the finished product. This is why we source only from local companies that share our values of quality, respect for the environment, safety and people's health. The Italian short supply chain not only supports local artisans, but also reduces the environmental impact by avoiding long trips for our materials. This allows us to offer high quality products with a minimal environmental footprint.
We are Giulia and Filippo, two siblings united by a shared passion for the tradition of Italian footwear and environmental sustainability. We founded Steve's in 2022 with the goal of creating high quality Made in Italy shoes with zero impact on the environment. After a year of research and development, we are proud to present a community of suppliers and collaborators who share our values and work together as one big family to create unique and eco-sustainable shoes.
Steve's in turn has a family history: in fact, it was born in 2015 as a French brand created by our uncle, with the idea of filling a gap in the market: men's lace-up shoes in colored velvet. In order to continue this passion shared in the family, we decided to take over the brand, to transfer it to Italy, to create an innovative start-up that would continue a shared tradition and passion with the addition of an indispensable value for us: respect for nature and what surrounds us.
One year of research and development, repeatedly testing innovative Italian materials. With the help of suppliers who took our project to heart, we managed in one year to launch the two collections of Steve's Sneakers achieving 70% less environmental impact than a normal sneaker on the market
Product and materials
Steve's are made entirely in Italy. The materials used for the shoes are eco-sustainable, produced in Italy and, in most cases, in the Marche region. The actual production, with the assembly of the shoes, takes place in the province of Novara, in Borgomanero, at a family-run shoe factory that has been creating handmade Italian shoes for generations.
Steve's are made from high quality, eco-friendly materials. The upper is made of Appleskin, a bio-leather obtained from apple peels from Trentino. The lining is made of bio-leather produced in Vigevano. The brand's signature velvet details are upcycling, salvaged from the discards of large-scale production in the fashion industry. These make Steve's limited edition and unique. Steve's Leaf sole is made solely for Steve's, with a unique design, and the blend is a 50% recycled TPU that is infinitely recyclable. We use water-based or natural latex glues, organic organic cotton laces, biodegradable and 100% recyclable toe caps, spurs and assembly parts, and the assembly sole is 100% recycled raw cellulose from the paper industries supply chain. The yarns for stitching are 100% recycled. We do not use nails, and the eyelets are cut without the use of metal hoops. The fussbett is made of an environmentally sustainable Gaja material and lined with the same material as the lining. The logo on it is cold branded without the use of paint or chemicals. Production takes place in the province of Novara, Italy, at a family-run shoe factory, where they have been making handmade Italian footwear for generations.
We worked hard to combine Italian craftsmanship with innovative eco-sustainable Italian materials, never compromising. We have worked with an external certified partner to certify every material, production process and supply chain, including the travel required to produce a single pair of Steve's. Our strength lies precisely in the short, Italian production chain, which allows us to produce only 4.83 kg of CO2 per pair of Steve's, compared to the average of 15 kg of CO2 per pair of sneakers. Our materials are all 100% recycled or recyclable, all of Italian origin and processed and produced exclusively in Italy. The result? Eco-sustainable, environmentally friendly and great quality sneakers that are extremely stylish and fashionable. Choosing Steve's means making a conscious choice for our planet, without sacrificing the style and quality you look for in a sneaker.
The environmental impact of laundry detergents and household cleaners is devastating to our planet, so we strongly recommend using environmentally friendly detergents. Appleskin is a leatherette and as such requires great care when washing. Appleskins are more delicate than leather of animal origin, so we recommend removing stains/crusts with a smooth sponge soaked in a little water and a dash of eco-friendly detergent. If the stain persists let it soak for 5 to 8 minutes.
Steve's stands out for its unique and sustainable packaging: a box made of 100% recycled steel in Italy, certified by the RICREA consortium. Inspired by the cookie boxes of yesteryear, this elegant, handcrafted packaging is designed to solve the problem of overuse of cardboard boxes. The steel box can be reused as a plant pot, inside of which you will find everything you need for processing: vacuum-packed Italian organic potting soil, our paper planting seed brochure with seeds to grow aromatic plants for home and kitchen. You'll just have to cut and plant the brochure in Italian potting soil to watch them grow. The Steve's logo on the box has been sandblasted by hand using sustainable methods (air and sand), without the use of paint or chemical materials. Learn more about our packaging in the Journey section of our website
The jar is created using the recycled and recyclable steel box included in Steve's packaging. First, one must open the box and remove the product inside. Next, one must open the included sachet of organic potting soil and pour it into the steel box. Then, you have to take the included brochure, cut it into pieces and bury it together with the potting soil. Finally, just water the included soil and herb seeds, and soon you will see your seedlings growing. In this way, the steel box becomes a pot for your plants, giving the product packaging a new life and sustainable use.
The first shoots will sprout after about 7 to 14 days. Continue to give your sprouts love and attention even after germination
If you are looking for an alternative to a jar to use Steve's packaging, we have some creative and sustainable ideas for you! You can use Steve's box as a decorative container for items such as pens, pencils, coins, or small jewelry. Or, you can use it as a container for your gardening equipment, such as scissors, tongs, or pruning tools. Also, you can use it as a box for your kitchen items, such as spices, bottle caps or small utensils, or as a container for keys or documents you keep around the house. If you have children, you can use it as a container for their toys or books. We are sure that once you have Steve's box in hand, you will come up with many more creative ideas for using it. We look forward to hearing your ideas, share them with us!
1. Wet the paperFirst, wet the paper well. And we mean really well! Only then can the paper biodegrade so that the seeds can germinate.
2. Put the paper in the organic Italian potting soil we provided. The best time to plant outdoors is from May to October. Indoors, paper can be planted year-round.
3. Cover the paper with soil with about 1 cm (maximum 1.5 cm) of soil. This will give the seeds enough nutrients, protection and light to germinate. If you cover the paper with too thick a layer of soil, the seeds will germinate less quickly or not at all.
4. Water, water and more waterIn the beginning give a little water every day to keep the paper moist. It is best to use an atomizer so that the paper is wetted evenly. A watering can or cup without a spout may prevent the paper from getting wet at every point and thus all the seeds from germinating.
5. Sun, heat and lots of love. Finally, place the paper in a bright, warm place. Be careful, however, to avoid a place in full sun, especially in summer, because the paper can dry out and the seeds will not germinate. Now is the time to have just a little patience! The first shoots will sprout after about 7 to 14 days. Keep giving your sprouts love and attention even after germination. At this point you will be able to give a little less water than in the first week.
We chose an herb garden in our seed mix with oregano, thyme and basil. Did you know that oregano is an excellent digestive ally? For this reason it is used as a decoction and infusion. It is also antispasmodic, antiseptic, soothing and analgesic. Among its many uses is to naturally ward off ants. In contrast, thyme essential oil is used for therapeutic purposes and is very suitable because it stimulates the immune system! Basil is a plant that has always been used to aid the intestines in digestion and to stimulate the appetite. But the same are great ingredients for a perfect homemade pizza!!!
Steve's supports several projects through the platform of its partner Green Future Project. As their mission they have to contribute to the regeneration and conservation of nature, thus engaging in numerous projects to achieve this goal. Through the planting project, for example, we help regenerate degraded forests to restore biodiversity. This is done through planting at the Vilamatsa site and the Marovolavo site, both sites located in Madagascar. This project makes it possible to restore terrestrial and marine biodiversity, absorb CO2, and concretely help local communities by involving them in planting, mangrove management, and offering them long-term employment. In addition, through conservation projects, we preserve the Canandè reserve in Ecuador, where the Chocó resides, one of the five most important and threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world. We also help conserve and protect the Narupa Reserve, part of the heart of the Amazon and home to many endemic species. Through direct support and collaboration with NGOs, local people, and the use of advanced technologies, we are able to preserve these biodiversity hotspots for the long term. We are very proud of these projects and remain committed to the good of our planet
We are very proud to partner with Green Future Project as our sustainability partner. Green Future Project is a B-CORP certified company committed to providing solutions to combat climate change. Through their portfolio of high-impact projects, Green Future Project offers the opportunity to fund the regeneration and conservation of nature reserves, the development of renewable energy facilities, and the regeneration of marine habitats. Specifically, every sale of Steve's sneakers is offset through funding GFP's high environmental impact projects. In addition, through an interactive widget, any person can find out in real time how the environmental impact of every single Steve's is being reduced. By partnering with Green Future Project, we are able to do our part in the fight against climate change and create a sustainable future for all.
Life cycle analysis (LCA) is a systematic and analytical methodology for assessing the environmental impact of a product or service throughout its entire life cycle, from raw material extraction to final disposal. The main objective of LCA is to understand and evaluate the environmental impact generated by a product or service at different stages of its life cycle, through an objective and technically argued assessment. At the end of the calculations, the environmental footprint is returned through different "impact categories," which represent all the environmental impacts generated in the various environmental compartments. The study of LCA helps to understand the impact generated toward the environment by products, services, economic systems and production chains, and provides a technical basis for a wide range of actions geared toward increasing the sustainability of products and chains. Once the "boundaries of the system" (i.e., the field of analysis) have been defined, the study of LCA makes it possible to measure the environmental impact generated by the various production processes included in it, identifying those with the greatest impact and thus understanding the environmental performance of each production cycle in an objective manner. The ultimate goal of LCA is to be able to manage the calculated environmental impacts through their reduction and compensation.
The product Carbon Footprint related to the life cycle of a pair of Steve's shoes is 4.83 kg of CO2 eq. The materials, chosen through eco-design logics, with a high prevalence of nature-based biopolymers have led to excellent results from the point of view of the product's environmental profile. Exclusively through the use of vegan bio-skins produced from fruit processing by-products, it is possible to reduce the product's impact by 47 percent compared to animal leather. The other relevant element concerns the production steps and suppliers that are exclusively located within national borders. This results in transport-related emissions being very low compared to the market standard. The carbon footprint impact benchmark* carried out on the basis of an analysis conducted by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a major European study gave an average impact value of 12.1 kg CO2eq. This means that Steve's shoes have an impact in terms of emissions 60 percent lower than the market standard.
All popular credit/debit cards (including American Express). We also accept payment methods such as: GooglePay, ApplePay, Paypal, Satispay, AmazonPay and ShopPay.
No, we do not authorize this method of payment.
Yes, there are two types of gift certificate: "Evolution gift certificate" and "Origin gift certificate". Select which Steve's Collections you prefer for your gift and purchase it. You will receive an email with the gift certificate inside for you to give as a gift. If you would like to add any greeting cards or have any requests please include them in the payment notes. We will be happy to help you!
Yes of course, we will include a greeting card. Indicate to us in the mailing notes what you want written. The card will be a handwritten greeting card on white paper and white envelope