COMUNITY is a catalyst for change; inspiring action, participation and empowerment of others in the community. We make premium shoes, handcrafted locally that give back locally, to fuel our mission. For every pair of shoes we sell, we give $10 back to a local community effort to support the Arts, Education and Ending Homelessness as directed by YOU at the point of purchase.
We believe in supporting the local economy and bringing back the lost art of quality manufacturing to the city of Los Angeles.
Our shoes are made right here in Los Angeles by highly skilled craftspeople who have perfected the art of shoemaking. By producing locally, we have the opportunity to help support commerce in our community, allowing our workers to build build a sense of ownership and pride.
We are committed to making the most sustainable and responsible decisions in developing and manufacturing our products and our goal is to utilize the local materials and construction methods available to us. We are also driven by our consciences, many of our materials may come from overseas, not because it’s less expensive but because the best shoemaking materials are very hard to come by in the USA.
We believe it is important to be transparent during this journey and want you to understand some of the challenges we are up against by manufacturing in Los Angeles. We believe in fair business practices and fair wages for everyone involved. Our pricing model is different. We've placed community before cost. Unlike most shoes, the majority of the cost to produce our shoes is in the labor to handcraft them. As a result, COMUNITY shoes are not cheap. That's OK... for now. We are confident this the right way to approach business for the long term.
To illustrate this point, here is an apples to apples comparison of a "virtual shoe" using the same styling, materials and construction. You may pay a little bit more for our shoes up front, but you will be able to wear them and love them for a long time!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."
- Margaret Meade
Our team is lean and mean but we come equipped with decades of footwear industry and marketing experience. More important than that – we like hanging out with each other. Various paths have brought us together as one, with a shared vision and a belief that we can make a difference in the world, no matter if it is on a small or large scale. Together we are the “UMAMI” of the business world.
Our shared philosophy on life allowed us to flip the business model around and focus on the community rather than just profits, using our shoes as the vehicle to help connect and inspire others to take action. We look forward to meeting the challenges of building a business together, and will always make time to laugh while dodging, ducking and diving our way through the obstacles that undoubtedly lie ahead.
Co-Founder and Chief Instigator
When not instigating change for the better, Sean is a known provocateur of lively and irrelevant conversations. An ardent connoisseur of music, movies and meaningless information, Sean spends his free time promoting his latest finds while cycling the Southern California coast in his matching lycra kit.
Co-Founder and Chief Catalyst
Always striving for perfect harmony in life - whether it be on a yoga mat, the slopes or the sand, Shannon holds an optimistic ‘glass half-full view’ of the world and considers the "Karma Fairy" a personal friend. She's also committed to being a catalyst of bringing thoughtful people together to change Los Angeles for the better, even if she needs to will it into existence herself.
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Genius
The resident trend spotter, Ryan has an eye for everything new in fashion, fitness and fun. His one blind spot to trends is cars, as he's out to set a world record for miles driven in his ‘99 Ford Ranger. Ryan is sharing his higher education in shoemaking with the world along with new lingo called "Gummyisms", not yet approved by Webster Dictionary.
We have found our Home Away From Home right in the heart of the LA Arts District.
OUR SPACE IS YOUR SPACE
Our space at 584 Mateo Streetserves as COMUNITY headquarters, as well as our showroom and event space complete with a cobbling station and front lounge area. Our space is designed as a spot for you to hang out, meet new friends and talk about ways to get involved in our community. Our “front living room” is the showcase for our Handcrafted in DTLA shoes that you can try on and purchase on site. It is also a place to come and sip your coffee, cozy up, recharge and network. A big shout out to Pepper and Salt Design for their amazing talent and vision that brought our dream to life.
A PLACE TO GATHER
We'll also host events to benefit our COMUNITY partners and connect people to make good things happen. Showcasing the arts, music, education, and community involvement, these happenings are sure to be good times all around.
We want to share our space with all of you and do offer it up for rent for others to enjoy. Hosting a special event and looking for the perfect place to bring YOUR community together? Look no further - we have several packages to offer that can be tailored just for you. Just e-mail us: EVENTS@comunitymade.com and ask for more details.