WHO ARE WE?

BIG LIFE, SMALL FOOTPRINT

Since 2018, Saola has been designing lightweightcomfortablestylish, and nature-inspired shoes. To accompany you on your everyday adventurers.

Much more than a stylish and comfortable sneaker brand, Saola is a state of mind based on two simple ideas. If we are going to have an impact on our environment, it should be a positive one. And as long as we are moving forward, it should be in the right direction. And to do that, nothing beats a pair of sustainable shoes that allow you to start off on the right foot and move freely between the city and the countryside. All while minimizing your environmental footprint.     

This is exactly what Saola represents. Light and comfortable, trendy and sustainable, inspired and inspiring. Just like the people who created them. Minimalistic fashion enthusiasts who want to combine their two passions through a single mission: to design shoes that incorporate functionality with fashion. And just as Saola is constantly innovating in the name of an increasingly eco-responsible approach, those who choose to wear our shoes are also moving forward in their own way, step by step.   

Whether it’s one pair or ten, you’ll always be ready to add to your collection. 

SAOLA: A NAME THAT INSPIRES US

To convey our values andaffirmourcommitmenttobiodiversity, we wanted more than just a catchy name. We neededa strong symbol, capable of honouringnature, its creative beauty, but also its vulnerability. Thus, we found it in the mountains between Vietnam and Laos withthe Saola: a small antelope nicknamed the Asian unicorn.
Discovered only 20 years ago and already threatened with extinction, this rare species is a true icon ofbiodiversity.  

PRESERVING BIODIVERSITY: AN IDEA IN MOTION

A global issue that unites us  

As a designer and manufacturer, we are aware of our impact.  

Our brand's primary objective is to develop eco-responsible footwear, by continuously innovating the materials that make up our products and their entire life cycle.

It is also to use our reputation to share our values and encourage consumers to follow us. And with Saola shoes on their feet, it's easy to follow our lead.  

Finally, it is to use our growth and donate a percentage of our profits to protect forests and endangered species by selecting reliable partners whose actions are measurable in the regions that need them most.  

AN ENVIRONMENTAL APPROACH CREATING ITS OWN PATH

Our brand is like thebiodiversityit defends, without borders.Distributed on 4 continents, our products are manufactured in Vietnam: astrategiclocation that allows us tominimize our carbon footprint.
While we’re aware that this is a good way to make a positive change, it’s only the start and we won’t stop there. In parallel to the good practices deployed to find the bestenvironmental and social compromise, the brand's objective is to progressively set up production points closer to our consumers. But not just anywhere and with anyone.
We operate in countries that share our commitments and allow us to keep acompetitive price positioningto give everyone the opportunity to carry our values andmake our ideas travel.

L'histoire de Guillaume, le fondateur

En 2018, Guillaume, 43 ans, marié et père de deux enfants a pris une décision insensée aux yeux de certains, mais riche de sens pour lui: il a choisi de quitter un poste confortable dans l'industrie de l’outdoor pour lancer une marque de chaussures. 

Mais pas n’importe quelle marque! 

De celle qui se démarque, par la mission environnementale qui lui colle aux basques.
Inspirée par son expérience, dictée par son engagement en faveur de la planète, elle est le symbole d’une écologie en marche, qui combine fabrication durable et soutien aux efforts de conservation de la biodiversité. Malgré les nuits blanches et les cheveux gris, l’engagement de Guillaume et de toute son équipe pour mener à bien la mission de SAOLA est toujours aussi fort

With the support of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region