South of the Equator Sale : June 21 - 27
The Purna is an elegant, streamlined slide handcrafted from a soft, supple goat leather. It features a stacked resin heel and sheep leather lining for comfort.
- Upper: Goat Leather
- Lining: Sheep Leather
- Outsole: Resin
- Heel height: 20 mm
- Made in India
- These sandals run true to size. The leather upper will soften and stretch with wear.
These leather shoes should be cleaned and conditioned with a neutral cream polish. Apply with a soft cloth and rub into dry or scuffed areas. Leather is a natural material and will age with wear. It is imperative that you avoid wetting or soaking these shoes in water as this will greatly affect the quality and appearance.
These shoes have been handmade in Agra, India by family owned and operated factory Gupta Overseas Pty Ltd. They have been in business for over 60 years and specialise in making shoes for the European market. Elk visits the factory two to three times a year to see their products being made, assess working conditions, source materials and learn new techniques.
Each design is tested at ELK HQ where the shoes are worn for a period to consider comfort, wear and style. The leather upper is made using REACH standards, a European Union regulation (1907/2006/EC) restricting the levels of specific chemical substances in goods. It is a bi product from the meat industry.
Gupta runs an in-house training institute with the sole objective to train rural, underprivileged youths, particularly those who live below the poverty line to enhance their employability.
"These prospective candidates are mobilised by us. The company also arranges their accommodation and food and pay them a monthly stipend. The entire expenses of the training institute are borne by us. It is so we give back to the community and these people can then have skills to get work in the future." - Mr Chetan Gupta, Director