Proto Collective is a trailblazing footwear brand that is taking a bold approach to creating innovative, culturally relevant, and sustainable footwear in America. While manufacturing footwear in the United States is not a new concept, Proto Collective is setting a new standard by prioritizing responsible manufacturing practices and local sourcing to ensure visibility and accountability in their supply chain.
Founded by Jeff Staple and Miguel McKelvey, the brand’s leadership team includes Katie Longmyer and Jillian Ricciardi, Jeffrey Henderson, with Melody Ehsani and Jessica Orkin as advisors. The newly founded brand is committed to working with partners who share their aligned values.
Proto’s debut Iris sneaker is a testament to their commitment to innovation, sustainability, and responsible manufacturing. With a knit upper made from environmentally-friendly yarns, a performance insole crafted from recycled materials, and a cupsole designed with sustainability in mind, Proto is pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of footwear while prioritizing their environmental impact and social responsibility.
Priced at $320, Proto Collective’s Iris silhouette will launch at protocollective.com.