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Mohinders is a small shoe business based in San Francisco, Mumbai, and Athani, India.

Our designs are deeply rooted in the shoemaking traditions of Northern Karnataka, a region in India.

We work with families of 3rd-and 4th-generation shoemakers and leather tanners. We strive to uphold respectful design and sustainability from start to finish. This means heirloom, regional processes, intentional choices to reduce waste and use lower-impact materials, and creating shoes that last and age beautifully.

Our mission

We believe in providing support for heirloom leather shoemaking, upholding respectful design and low environmental impact. For Mohinders, this means adhering to the following practices:

  1. Regionality. Transparency in sharing our collection's makers and place of origin, in Northern Karnataka; working with the people who have always made this style of shoe, (vs. appropriating designs for production elsewhere.)
  2. Heirloom. Centralizing heirloom materials, designs and processes in our products—heirloom bag-tanned water buffalo leather, shoe designs that evolved in Athani, and techniques passed down to to third- and fourth-generation shoemakers who work with us.
  3. Environmental impact. We reduce our footprint through: dedication to traditionally-tanned water buffalo leather; fewer synthetics and biodegradable materials; naturally-dyed colors; organic and recycled packaging choices; creating shoes that last and age beautifully.
  4. Collaborative design. Respecting the expertise and techniques of the shoemakers we work with. This means design decisions that integrate with traditional shoemaking, innovations that highlight heirloom techniques and materials, and listening to shoemakers' advice on functional and aesthetic integrity in design choices.

Master shoemakers in Athani, India

Mohinders works with ten different groups of master shoemakers, all cooperative members based in Athani. Most are families who come from generations of master shoemakers, and work in neighboring workshops near a shared cooperative office and meeting space.

San Francisco and Mumbai Team

Michael, Founder + Peddler

Corporate lawyer-turned-shoe-peddler, Michael's been running Mohinders since 2012, all while trying to convince his wife and two daughters to join him on as many spontaneous adventures as possible.

Kristen Morabito, Creative Director

Kristen is a creative director, artist, and leather worker. She loves designing, drawing, and jumping in the ocean, all in her neighborhood by the beach in San Francisco.

Cameron Archer, Wholesale + Marketing

Cameron is an artist, jewelry designer, dog mom, and surfer; she loves working with Mohinders' stockists around the country. She brings a depth of wisdom from running her own small business, world travels, and expert-level snack curation—which we take very seriously.

Abbas S.Lakdawala, India Operations + Production

Abbas is a third-generation shoe peddler and runs his own family footwear business on Mumbai’s Colaba Causeway. He's a shoe designer, expert on local candies of Athani, and runs our India operations (he also locates the best dosa breakfasts when we're in town.)