Materials


At KAVAT, we are careful about the choice of materials and components we use. For four generations we have learned a thing or two about shoemaking and which materials to use To make your life easier, we have developed several symbols to better navigate. The symbols are easy to identify. Below you find helpful information about the different materials properties and benefits.


Eco-Preformance Leather - EP

KAVAT EP (Eco Performance) Leather is manufactured in Europe and it is chrome-free with water-repellent properties. It has a natural grain that is unique to each shoe and over time it develops a beautiful patina. Here you can read more about Eco Performance Leather.

Care: The eco-labeled leather requires a little extra love to retain its fine properties. Clean it with a damp cloth, allow to dry and then lubricate with KAVAT's wax or shoe polish. In case of heavy wear, a colored shoe cream can be good for covering marks and restoring the leather.

Cross Country Leather - XC

KAVAT XC (Cross Country) Leather is manufactured in Europe. It is a leather that is maintenance-free, durable and highly water-resistant. The material is free from perfluorinated and polyfluorinated substances.

Care: Shoes made of XC leather are easy to clean with a damp cloth and mild soap. They do not need to be impregnated or greased as the membrane on the outside is intact. In case of wear, you can impregnate the part that is worn away to maintain water tightness and protect the shoe.

Waterproof - WP

KAVAT Waterproof shoes are made of durable leather and recycled nylon. Between the upper, the lining and the sole there is a breathable waterproof membrane made of polyester. Our membrane is totally biodegradable.

Care: These shoes should be impregnated at regular intervals to prevent the surface from external influence, preferably with a water-based spray that is more gentle on the environment

Chrome Free

All shoes marked with this symbol are made of chrome-free leather. Shoes made in our EP Leather (Eco Performance) are always chrome-free. We have also developed a new chrome-free variant of our popular XC leather (Cross Country) which is gradually being implemented in the rest of the collections.

Wool Blend

The wool in our natural materials comes from sheep in Norway. It is Ecolabel certified.

Wool threads are very fragile and from experience, we know that a clean wool lining would wear out much faster than the shoe itself. By weaving together 50% wool with 50% polyester, a wool blend is created which is a unique and durable lining material. The mixture increases the lifespan of the shoe which means the shoes last longer and are more eco-friendly. The wool lining we use in our warm-lined shoes is eco-labeled and developed in Ålesund, Norway.

In the wool-lined rubberbots, the wool comes from sheep in Italy it is not Ecolabel certified but guaranteed mulesing-free.

Flexible Sole

All our soles are carefully designed and tested to fulfill several different functions. A sole should be durable and have a good fit. It must be flexible, but stable at the same time to offer the best support possible for your feet. It needs to have a good grip and protect your feet from sharp objects. It should have a good grip on the ground on which you walk and protect your feet from sharp objects. The materials must not contain any environmentally or health-hazardous substances. All of this is the basis for how we develop and design our soles. The soles of our smallest kids' shoes are extra soft and flexible to make it easier for them to take their first steps when they have just learned to walk.

Repair Service

The shoes marked with this symbol can get a complete renovation. It includes sole replacement of both the outer and inner sole. We fix any broken seams, change the laces and polish the leather. Applies to selected women's and men's models.

Conscious Cotton

KAVAT Conscious Cotton is a cotton fabric made from Öeko-Tex certified cotton.

Recycled Materials

Shoes marked with the recycled materials symbol are made partially in recycled materials.

Made in Sweden

The shoes marked with this symbol are made in Sweden.

PVC Free

Our rubber boots are made of recyclable SEBS rubber which is free of PVC (Polyvinyl chloride). The material we use therefore gets a somewhat matte surface. The remaining shoes in the range are also free of PVC.

Spilläder

Shoes marked with this symbol are made of leftover leather, ie leather that has been left over when cutting out pieces for other shoes. Usually, these pieces are thrown away. We save them and make sandals and other nice details of them.

Washable

Shoes with Kavat Washable logo can be washed in a washing machine at 30 degrees C. Remove any insoles and let dry at room temperature, preferably upside down

Leather vegetable tanned

Kavat Vegetable Tanned Leather is a chrome-free leather made in Europe. The grain hide and color is natural and unique to each pair and develop a beautiful patina with time. Vegetable-tanned leather works just like your skin: when exposed to light the color changes over time which results in shoes that are one of a kind.

Care: The vegetable-tanned leather requires some extra care in order to retain its great qualities. Wipe with a damp cloth, let dry and use Kavats Eco Wax or shoe polish. Consider a tinted shoe polish to cover marks If the leather is significantly worn. 

 

Cross country nubuck

Kavat Cross Country Nubuck is an extra soft leather made in Europe. The skin is impregnated to be more resistant, all while preserving the breathability and the natural grain hide. 

Care: Impregnate the shoes every so often, preferably with a waterbased spray which is often more environmentally friendly. Remove dirt with a soft brush and mild detergent if needed. Let dry at room temperature.  

 

Cross country suede

Kavat Cross Country Suede is an extra soft leather made in Europe. The skin is impregnated to be more resistant, all while preserving the breathability.

Care: Impregnate the shoes every so often, preferably with a waterbased spray which is often more environmentally friendly. Remove dirt with a soft brush and mild detergent if needed. Let dry at room temperature.  

Cross country micro

Kavat Cross Country Micro is a soft and lightweight option made of PU/polyester in Europe. The material has excellent breathability and is easy to clean.

Care: To clean shoes made in XCM, use a damp cloth and mild soap. There is no need to impregnate or grease the material if the surface is intact. XCM should however be impregnated if the material is scuffed or worn. Treat the section of the shoe with wear so keep the water-repellent properties and protect the shoe.

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