Materials

All parents must afford to buy healthy footwear for their children, so our motto is "Quality shoes for a fair price!"

The secret of the excellent quality/price ratio of Tikki products is that:

- We import most of the raw materials directly from the producers
- we run series of products to streamline the process
- We shorten the distribution chain by selling it directly to the final customer
- we do not invest in advertising but only in quality - the quality of our products is our advertising

 

Materials we use


1. Vegetable tanned leather

There is a great variety of tanning techniques, but the oldest method - from Neolithic - and perhaps the most complicated is tanning with vegetal tannins. As the name suggests, the vegetable tanning is an organic method based on tannins extracted from bark tree or plant fiber. Oak, chestnut or silk tannins are the most popular, but hundreds of other types of plants used in tanning natural leather are known.

Modern tanning methods are based on minerals such as chromium sulphate, a substance that was invented in the mid-nineteenth century. The principle is the same, binding skin's collagen into stable molecular structures, a process that prevents rotting and decomposition. This method of binding collagen protein using chromium salts takes a short time, the order of 1-3 days, but often the use of these heavy metal minerals is responsible for the pollution of the environment and for different skin allergies.

In contrast, the tanning process with plant tannins is a time-consuming process that involves sinking the skin into a concentrated vegetable tannin soup for a few months. This traditional tanning method requires specialized workmanship but the result excites any customer who appreciates quality products.

Among the benefits associated with natural, vegetable tanned leather:
- biodegradable material with minimal allergenic risk
- wear resistance, leather retaining its beauty over time
- the feeling of an organic product, "alive", pleasant to the touch

Disadvantages of Vegetable Tanned leather:
- tannin fixes the color worse than chromium - in wet conditions there is the possibility of transferring a slight color shade
- higher costs due to a production process that requires more careful and longer control than the one based on chromium salts, as well as a specialized manufacture.

Attention!

Do not confuse vegetable tanned leather with echological leather or vegetable leather!

While the vegetable tanned leather is an organic material from animal skin, the echological leather or vegetable leather is a synthetic material.

For those curious, the difference between the echological leather and vegetable leather is made by the substance from which it is synthesized. While the echological leather is synthesized from polymers, the vegetable leather is grown from genetically modified yeast so that the yeast protein mimics the collagen from the animals' skin.

 

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2. Chrome free lining

Children love colorful shoes and the outer pieces of material have a decisive influence on the shoe attractiveness, but besides its design and appearance, the comfort and being healty matters just as much - and in this regard the materials used for lining are the ones that have the major role. When children wear shoes without socks, the skin of their feet can absorb - especially when sweating - a big part of the substances they come into contact with, so it is important that both the sole of the footwear as well as the lining are processed with healthy, non-alergenic substances. Chrome-Free lining - tanned with synthetic tannins or vegetal tannins - solves this problem by providing a special protection for the delicate skin of the children.

 

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3. Ultra flexible outer sole

Made of leather, crepe or rubber, Tikki Shoes soles are ultra-flexible and anti-skid. Dedicated to early walkers making their first steps, they favor the quick learning of a correct walk since children can easily feel the surface they step on. The Tikki soles allow the unristricted movement of the feet, which results in a harmonious development of the feet muscles, a good balance and a correct posture.

 

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