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Alterre designs innovative, ethically made shoes that don’t sacrifice comfort for style. Incorporating interchangeable straps, all shoes are made with sustainable materials that are made to last.

Co-founders Shilpa and Harmony first met at Parsons School of Design in New York and successfully launched their first footwear collection during New York Fashion Week in 2015. Fusing together their combined fashion expertise, Alterre has continued to grow and receive international recognition from major magazines such as Fast Company and The Good Trade.

Shilpa and Harmony are passionate about designing ethical footwear which fuses together comfort and fashion. Their innovative spin on conventional footwear gives users more shoes with less waste, as consumers can mix and match designs through interchangeable straps.

Considering the needs of people and the planet is a core pillar of Alterre, from consciously designing collections with positive impact in mind, to actively giving back to local communities. All shoes are designed to empower the women that wear them, celebrating the many roles they lead in life.



Alterre has been awarded the Butterfly Mark for their measurable impact and ACTION to sustainability.

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Impact and Commitment


UN Sustainable Development Goals

 Alterre are committed to Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production across their business operations. The brand consciously uses sustainable materials in order to lower their impact on the planet and ecosystems. In addition, Alterre innately promotes less waste through the versatile design of their shoes which can be used and adapted for multiple functions and occasions.

Alterre have participated in ‘The Conscious Fashion Campaign’ in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. The initiative aims to educate and mobilise the fashion sector to action solutions for social, economic and environmental change and help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Conscious Design and Packaging

 Alterre considers the social and environmental impact of their production when designing their products. The innovative design of interchangeable shoe straps provides longevity and flexibility for the wearer and reduces wastage. All shoes incorporate recycled materials and elements that are locally sourced in order to reduce their footprint and help support the local community.

Alterre works with their suppliers to limit plastic packaging where possible and have cut out 90% of single use plastic. They continuously strive to further reduce plastic throughout their supply chain through seeking out innovative alternatives.


 Giving back to local communities is an important principle of Alterre and both founders actively support female empowerment within the community. Alterre donates 5% of their profits to Restore NYC charity, a long-term rehabilitation centre for victims of trafficking within the United States. In addition, they donate returned shoes to Soles4Souls, a non-profit who collect unwanted shoes and clothing, distributing it to people in need across the world, keeping them from going to waste.

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