Even from the very beginning, our ambition has always been to create the highest quality, sustainable, stylish, and comfortable shoes.
Our shoes are designed in Denmark with heart and passion and handmade by talented artisans in Portugal. Based on the Scandinavian design tradition of conscious materials and sustainable production, we want to take responsibility, focus on a childhood without chemistry and make sustainable choices with minimal impact on the environment. We put our heart, passion, and careful consideration into everything we do – from design to production to distribution. We work exclusively with natural, breathable materials such as vegetable-tanned leather, 100% pure wool, 100% pure cotton, and natural rubber.
To tan our leather, we primarily use a sustainable and eco-friendly method called vegetable tanning. The leather is tanned with powder extracted from bark, fruit, leaves, and plant roots that results in beautifully soft 100% chrome-free, 100% biodegradable, 100% sustainable leather.
100% pure wool
We exclusively use 100% pure natural felted wool, which has many natural properties. Wool is a natural material that is soft and also self-cleaning. Natural wool contains lanolin produced by sheep, which is a kind of water-repellent wax. In nature, this helps the sheep stay warm and dry.
It is a temperature regulating, breathable material that keeps the feet warm during winter, while it transports heat away from the foot during summer. Wool can absorb approximately 35% moisture without it feeling wet, and at high humidity, it can absorb moisture and create warmth. In dry air, it will absorb moisture from the feet and therefore cool it down. We use felted wool for our home shoes and as lining in our winter boots.
Natural rubber comes from rubber trees that grow in the tropics. Bisgaard's flexible, waterproof rubber boots and rubber soles are made from soft, supple natural rubber. Our natural rubber is also free from PVC and phthalate.
We use 100% pure cotton for lining and our range of slippers. The cotton plant is soft and fluffy and produces a natural, durable, breathable material.
Our TEX membrane is PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) & PFC (perfluorinated compound) free, and the base is polyester. It is a suspicion that PTFE resin causes health problems when dangerous polymer fumes get released in a work environment after being heated to over 360°C. Once released into the environment, it can take PFC several hundred years to break down. Our membrane is green, meaning it is 100% recyclable (like a PET bottle).
Handcrafted in Portugal
Craftsmanship, tradition, and natural materials are key elements in the production of bisgaard shoes in Portugal. They have a long-standing and rich tradition in the production of footwear. At bisgaard, we have carefully selected factories with specialized expertise in producing children’s shoes.
Thanks to the close and long-term cooperation, we have established a stable, quality-conscious, and sustainable production relationship with our partners in Portugal. Our shoes are handcrafted according to traditional craftsmanship principles, ensuring maximum attention to detail. Around 50 pairs of hands ensure the proper execution of every detail before the shoes arrive in stores.
With respect for nature, we dedicate ourselves to responsible production and to optimizing and reducing waste. We have a strong focus on reusing as much water in the production process as possible. A 'last' is a mold made of wood to shape a shoe. The excess material from its production is collected and reused to manufacture new 'lasts.' Excess rubber from rubber sole production is also collected for recycling. Nothing goes to waste.
The materials we use are carefully selected and never come from animals whose sole purpose were to provide materials for shoes. The hides used in bisgaard shoes are residual bi-products. It is a secondary product derived from a previous production process. So a cow's primary use is for the meat/dairy industry. No animal has given its life to be used solely for the production of shoes.
A smaller part of our collection is produced in factories in Asia by quality-conscious and passionate people that share the same understanding and passion for shoes. The factories meet our ethical requirements and recognized industry standards (BSCI, SMETA) to ensure the health, ethics, safety, and environment of employees. All styles made in Portugal and Asia are produced within the EU Directive limits and are free from chemicals, chrome, and metals.
At bisgaard, we strive to make the most sustainable choices with minimal impact on our environment. All packaging, including shoeboxes, papers, flyers, and hangtags are FSC, and PEFC certified, which guarantees the wood used for our packaging comes from legal, sustainable, and responsible forests.