Love your feet
“The ultimate Beach footwear”
Designed to love your feet, naturally soft, supportive, and they don’t cost the earth. Designed and ‘Styled With You’.
Unisex Beach Footwear
SeaPigs are Serious About Feet
Your trotters are important to us and the SeaPigs Drifters have been designed to be comfortable, supportive and sustainable. ‘Styled With You’, designed to ensure a healthy foot and are naturally soft, durable and comfortable.
SeaPigs Drifters - the ultimate Beach footwear
“To create the first flip flop to be worn by medical experts”
Co-created with the herd
Our beach footwear is co-created with YOU, medical experts, footwear engineers, environmental consultants, sustainability experts (all kinds of important, extremely qualified people) and with the aim to make the best pair of SeaPigs ‘Drifters’ we can, that YOU love.
Through our research we found 51% did not find their last pair of flip flops perfect. 12% of people surveyed did not like anything between their toes, 9% lacked heel support and 6% stated the sole was too thin. Style was the most important purchasing decision closely followed by comfort.
Love your feet
From our research we found an issue with flip flops not offering enough support, among other things (Check out our two part Blog: Why we are not making flip flops) . We have developed a solution - the SeaPigs Drifters, we are currently testing prototype 23 and we are launching in 2020.
4-Layer Sole Technology
SeaPigs Drifters feel similar to flip flops, but without the toe strap and they offer correct support and foot alignment. Our aim is to make our SeaPigs Drifters feel like you are walking on sand. To ensure your foot health and well-being, we have designed an under sole support to the SeaPigs Drifters 4 layer sole technology, to ensure your trotters are well supported.
The bottom layer of the SeaPigs 4 layered sole technology is the most important for your trotters, it is the support of the entire foot and has been designed with medical experts. The product simply adapts to your specific foot, but all the while giving the foot correct support and alignment.
Through anatomical design we have used a simple 2 strap solution to hold the foot perfectly aligned with the sole. Looks simple?
“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
― William Golding, Lord of the Flies
“The structure of the product allows the foot to be supported, but also the freedom to adapt - this will be beneficial to all.”
Mike Geritz: Sports & NHS Physiotherapist
If We Make It, We Take It Back
One of the most important things to SeaPigs is about not creating waste. That’s why one of the key phrases you’ll hear from us all the time is ‘If We Make It, We Take It Back’ - and that’s absolutely true. It’s the SeaPigs Guarantee and how we Love Our Tiny Blue Dot.
Our aim is to create Beach footwear to enjoy the beauty of our oceans and beaches, while not destroying them or beautiful beach footwear that doesn’t cost the earth.
What materials do we use?
1. Natural Cork
Cork is 100% natural plant tissue and is the bark from the cork-oak tree. Cork is the only tree whose bark regenerates allowing for sustainable harvesting. Cork trees are generally harvested in cycles of nine years. Find out more.
2. Natural Rubber
There are many different kinds of rubber, but they fall into two broad types: natural rubber (latex—grown from plants) and synthetic rubber (made artificially in a chemical plant or laboratory). We are using Natural Rubber. Find out more.
3. Expanded Rubber
We are in early discussion with three companies and we pinky promise to keep you updated on our progress.
100% natural plant tissue and seriously good for your trotters
Cork is a 100% natural plant tissue and is the bark from the cork-oak tree. Cork is the only tree whose bark regenerates allowing for sustainable harvesting. Cork trees are generally harvested in cycles of nine years after the tree reaches maturity around 25 years old. During this period, the tree is at its most active phase of growth and is easier to strip without damaging the tree.
Cork trees do not require the use of irrigation, chemical herbicides or fertilizers. Used cork materials can be easily recycled as raw material for insulation, flooring and products for areas as diverse as construction, fashion, design, health, energy production and the aerospace industry.
Cork trees are mainly found in Mediterranean regions such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Morocco and Algeria. There are 2.7-million hectares of cork-oak forests worldwide, making them a natural habitat for a range of flora and fauna and essential to carbon dioxide absorption globally. Cork-oak trees are also found in South Africa, all around the Cape, and even in the Kruger National Park.
Cork bark is a vegetable tissue which is 100% natural. It consists of a honeycomb of microscopic cells filled with an air-like gas. Cork has qualities such as lightness, non-permeability, elasticity, compressibility and natural orthopaedic qualities. . It is also a good thermal insulator and is and highly resistant to abrasion. It is an ideal material to use in footwear. Cork outsoles are normally bonded with resin for increased durability. Insoles made from the material offer an anatomically-correct foot bed, offering numerous pain-relieving and comfort benefits:
1. Form-Fitting: Cork is a relatively soft material that is densely compacted for shoe use. However, when subjected to the weight and heat applied though normal wear, cork insoles mould themselves to the wearer's foot. This creates a custom fit that conforms to the wearer's natural shape, offering a high degree of comfort. Despite its ability to mould to a certain degree, the material stays firm compared to rubber or artificial insoles, maintaining proper arch support and foot alignment.
2. Odour Resistance: Cork is a moisture-wicking material. Bacteria feeds on the sweat secreted by feet when inside shoes or sandals. By using cork, there is far less moisture build-up left in the shoe, creating a naturally anti-bacterial environment. As a result, any shoe using a cork insole will naturally be relatively odour-free just from normal use.
3. Impact Resistance: For those on their trotters for extended periods, cork insoles and outsoles offer a degree of relief. The material's natural elasticity means less impact force is transferred up into ankles, shins and knees, reducing joint stress. The material's ability to hold the heel and foot in an orthopedically-correct position –combined with its shock absorption capacity –potentially reduces forms of foot pain. For this reason, many premium shoe manufacturers and medical supply companies offer cork insoles or orthotics to reduce plantar fasciitis pain.
We told you we were Serious About Feet.
The rubber tree is an ecologically sustainable crop
There are many different kinds of rubber, but they fall into two broad types: natural rubber (latex—grown from plants) and synthetic rubber (made artificially in a chemical plant or laboratory). We are using Natural Rubber.
Tree-derived rubber is friendly to the environment as it is made from an entirely natural product. The rubber tree is an ecologically sustainable crop and actually contributes to the maintenance of the global carbon balance in the atmosphere. The secretion of the latex is a part of the tree’s natural healing process. The latex is then strained, diluted with water, treated with acid, rolled into sheets, and then air dried to make it ready for use. The use of this renewable resource is a great way of producing environmentally friendly rubber.
We told you we were serious about feet.
Where does natural rubber come from?
As its name suggests, the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis originally came from Brazil, from where it was introduced to such countries of the Far East like Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Cambodia, China, and Vietnam.
What is Latex?
Latex found in nature is a white milky fluid found in 10% of all flowering plants and is a complex emulsion that coagulates on exposure to air. It is usually exuded after tissue injury. The word latex is also used to refer to natural latex rubber, particularly non-vulcanized rubber.
Rubber trees begin to yield natural latex approximately 6 years after planting and continue to produce latex for a further 26 years.
Generally, a tree will yield approximately 4-5 Kgs of latex per annum. There are a number of factors that directly affect the yields of the tree, the quality of the tapping (including the accuracy of tapping angles), the age of the tree, the use of rain guards and actual rain fall pattern.
Harvesting Latex and producing Rubber
Three core operating stages of production:
1. Tapping: the process of extracting latex by the controlled shaving at a specific angle of the bark of either half or one third of the circumference of the tree.
2. Latex collection: where the latex is collected by the tapper from the tapped trees and brought in for weighing. Thereafter, the latex is taken to the factory for processing;
3. Factory processing: the process by which latex is processed into dried rubber bales or pellets.
Natural rubber has a high tensile strength and is resistant to fatigue from wear such as chipping, cutting or tearing. On the other hand, natural rubber has only moderate resistance to damage from exposure to heat, light and the ozone in the air. Natural rubber also has tack, which means it can adhere to itself as well as other materials.
Expanded rubber or foam rubber is the more informal name for EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). EVA is a lightweight and low cost material while also being highly versatile. The shoe industry takes up to 60% of all the EVA foam produced globally. EVA insoles are mainly manufactured by injection moulding. EVA is considered to be a safe alternative to PVC, as it is BPA free.
Very simply it is natural rubber with air added to make it into a foam and it can be recycled and processed as renewable EVA foam. Recycling of EVA foam is not only environmentally friendly, but also help enterprises to control and reduce production costs.
EVA foam materials are of closed cell foam structure that have lots of excellent qualities, water & moisture resistance, excellent cushioning & shock absorption and long term durability.
Below are the benefits EVA has within the footwear industry:
Naturally elastic and flexible, offering great shock absorption and comfort.
EVA is very resilient and is widely used to enhance the cushioning and durability of footwear products.
Resistance to water, moisture, oil and sound, and is lightweight, portable and durable.
EVA foam can be easily reused, however, most EVA ends up in landfill. At SeaPigs were are trying to change that and are currently investigating three new innovative and sustainable EVA options.
Algae Bloom EVA
This EVA is made using Green Algae harvested from the rivers and seas. Green Algae blocks out sunlight and kills waterways.
Sugar Cane EVA
This amazing new innovation is an EVA made from sugarcane and nicknamed “SweetFOAM”.
They offer a full service from making the EVA Foam and then collecting it back to make it into, EVA Foam. A Truly circular economy business model.
SeaPigs Drifters: Limited Editions
10 Beautiful Beaches of the world - Kickstarter range
Inspiration from The Herd
INSPIRED BY YOU
Inspired by You
The SeaPigs Drifters limited editions are produced in ranges and will be limited by design and number produced.
SPLOSHING ABOUT at Tynemouth
Inspiration from The Herd - Donna SeaBurn Photo
Original designs from Emma Garrod (eye-illustrate)
Limited to 500 pairs
Certificate of Authenticity
SeaPigs Drifters Technology
10 Beautiful Beaches of the World
Chosen by You
The artist creates 3 original pieces of artwork for each beach and then we will ask you to decide. This survey is currently live.
Original Design 1
Original Design 2
Original Design 3
Created by us
“Sploshing About” at Tynemouth
Inspired by Donna Seaburn, Chosen by you and created by us