These natural leather sneakers called "Sol" are part of Pololo's "Maxi" collection of shoes for toddlers and children. All Pololo shoes have flexible soles, and the children's shoes in this collection are flexible but have more robust soles to handle the activity of older children. They are excellent for outdoor wear and hard play. The Sol sneakers have velcro closures so young children can easily put on their own shoes. These shoes consist of 100% vegetable tanned leather and are especially soft and are free of pollutants. The inner soles of all POLOLO children’s shoes consist of a leather insole and a warming but also sweat-absorbing felt sole. The inner sole is removable, which enables size measurements to be made directly on the foot and verified when the shoes are worn. The rubber outer sole is flexible and wonderfully light, making it especially suitable for young children who enjoy playing, jumping and running.
These exquisitely crafted shoes are made from real, natural leather that meets IVN Natural Leather standards. Real leather conforms optimally to feet and is uncoated and breathable.
Children's feet are not like small adult feet- instead, they consist primarily of cartilage and are therefore much softer and more flexible. Even the smallest amount of pressure, which can be triggered by ill-fitting or too hard shoes, or too little room for movement, can affect the development of a child's feet. Pololo shoes provide little feet with just the freedom of movement they need for healthy development.
The European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) has labelled all Pololo shoes as hypoallergenic. In addition, Pololo regularly commissions tests on their shoes by independent laboratories meeting the highest standards (IVN Natural Leather, REACH and recommendations by the BfR) for possible harmful substances. Leather dyestuffs are free of AOX and heavy metals and comply with EU regulations.
Materials: 100% natural leather (vegetable tanned, soft, and chrome free); Natural leather insole (inner) with wool felt sole; Rubber outer sole
Pololo shoes are based on four principles: excellent handicraft, charming design, production in Germany, and social & ecological accountability. Each model is a distinct piece of craftsmanship. Leather, one of the world’s oldest textile materials, is tanned animal skin – a natural product! It gives us breathable, steam-permeable and skin-friendly protection from the cold, from moisture and from foot injuries.
POLOLOS retain these natural qualities. Only renewable vegetable materials are used for the tanning of the leather and lambskin used, such as the Valonea oak or the Tara fruit.
POLOLO is an active member of the Internationaler Verband für Naturtextilien (IVN). The company consistently follows the exacting guidelines of the IVN certificate for natural leather (“Naturleder”) that applies the strictest of requirements concerning contaminants content and manufacturing conditions, and prohibits the use of chrome-tanned leather. POLOLO only works with partners and suppliers who fulfill these obligations. Pololo shoes are compostable, and unnecessary packaging is avoided.