Shoes for People Allergic to 
PTBP Formaldehyde Resin

  

I need your help!

Add to the lists: If you have a manufacturer you would like to add to any of these lists, please email me!

Submit a Shoe Review:  If you'd like to submit a shoe review, please click here!  The purpose of these reviews is to help users of this website in their shoe-buying decisions.  Knowing that several other people allergic to PTBP-FR have bought shoes from a particular manufacturer and have not reacted to them (and vice versa!) is quite helpful when contemplating what shoes to buy.

 


What you'll find on this page:

PTBP-FR-Free Shoes

Shoes Manufacturers that Do Use PTBP-FR

Shoes Manufacturers that May Use PTBP-FR
   

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PTBP-FR-Free Shoes

 

This is list of manufacturers that have emailed me back saying that they do not use PTBP-FR in their shoes.  The asterisk (*) by the name of some of the companies indicates that information regarding this company has been provided to me by a reader of this website; therefore, I have not been personally in contact with those companies.  Many thanks to those who have been contacting shoe companies and forwarding me their replies - I am so grateful!  In this regard, I would like to especially thank Tawni Donahue.  
A Note of Caution: Please remember that I am not in constant contact with any of these shoe companies.  Therefore, the information I have received may become out of date, as shoe manufacturers can at any moment change their manufacturing procedures and their factories (and thus their glues).  So, I would strongly encourage you to email a particular manufacturer before buying shoes from them; you could also email me to find out how current my information is.  Moreover, buy the shoes with a healthy dose of skepticism.  Wear them around the house for a few days to see if you begin to react; if you do, take them back and let me know.
Where to Buy:  Click here to see a worldwide shopping guide for PTBP-FR-Free shoes.  If you'd like to contribute, please email me!  

 

 

What the Icons Mean:

This icon indicates that this shoe manufacturer has been reviewed by a user of the website.  Please click on the icon to see the review. To submit your own review, click here.

If you happen to also be allergic to potassium dichromate (chrome), this icon indicates that the shoes made by that manufacturer are also chrome-free.

This icon indicates that this company has made a public commitment to not use PTBP-FR or does not use glue in their shoes.

 

Casual and Athletic Shoes

Asgi
  • shoes and boots for men and women
  • sold in the United States
Askin Shoes*

Asolo  
Bionat*  

  • http://www.bionat.fr/
  • shoes, sandals and boots for men, women and children
  • sold in France
  • online store (France)
Birkenstock*

Brooks

Camper
  • http://www.camper.com
  • NOTE: only one style in the Camper range does not use PTBP-FR - the 'Wabi' style
  • sold worldwide
  • online ordering
Chaco*

Cole Haan*
Crocs*

  • http://www.crocs.com/
  • NOTE: only the traditional Crocs models are PTBP-FR-free (for example, Beach, Cayman, Nile, Relief, etc.); glue (which may contain PTBP-FR) is used in some of the newer models (such as Islander, Hydro and Santa Cruz)
  • shoes, sandals and boots for men, women and children
  • sold worldwide
Eddie Bauer*
  • http://www.eddiebauer.com/
  • NOTE: only the women's shoes are PTBP-FR-free
  • shoes and sandals for women
  • stores in the United States, Canada, Japan and Germany
Finn Comfort
Freerangers

  • http://www.freerangers.co.uk/
  • NOTE: they are not sure what their glue contains (so their shoes made with glue might contain PTBP-FR), but they are able to make some of their styles without glue - you need to ask and there is a 15 supplement for shoes made with no glue
  • shoes and sandals for men and women
  • online store (UK)
Gabor

  • http://www.gabor.de/
  • shoes, sandals and boots for women and children
  • stores in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark and Italy (also sold in a number of other countries, including the UK)
  • online stores (Germany, Belgium, UK)
Josef Seibel

Lowa
Naot*  
OluKai
Patagonia*
Po-Zu

  • http://www.po-zu.com/
  • shoes, sandals and boots for men and women
  • sold in stores in Europe
  • public commitment: their website states that their main ecological objectives are "To use the purest bio-based materials that are kind to the environment and are completely safe to handle for all the workers throughout our supply chain" and "To avoid harmful glues by stitching our shoes together"
Rohde
Romika
Scarpa
Simple Way

  • http://www.simpleway.co.uk/
  • shoes and sandals for men and women
  • sold online (based in UK)
  • public commitment: their website says 'If you have a glue allergy - we can help we can make certain styles without the use of any glue at all'
  • NOTE: they can only make certain styles without glue - you need to ask and get them specially made
Sperry Top-Sider
Think!*

 

 

Wolverine*

 

Vivobarefoot*
  • http://www.vivobarefoot.com/
  • shoes for men, women and children
  • sold in the UK, the United States, Belgium, Austria, Australia, and Singapore
YellowBox
  • http://www.yellowboxshoes.com/
  • NOTE: only their shoes containing no fabric are PTBP-FR free (PTBP-FR is used as a coloring agent on the fabric material in their shoes) 
  • shoes and sandals for women
  • sold in the United States

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Dress Shoes

Asgi
  • shoes and boots for men and women
  • sold in the United States
Askin Shoes*

Belle
Benjamin Adams
Bionat*  

  • http://www.bionat.fr/
  • shoes, sandals and boots for men, women and children
  • sold in France
  • online store (France)
Carvela
Cole Haan*
Eddie Bauer*
  • http://www.eddiebauer.com/
  • NOTE: only the women's shoes are PTBP-FR-free
  • shoes and sandals for women
  • stores in the United States, Canada, Japan and Germany
Finn Comfort
Form & Fauna

  • http://formandfauna.com/
  • shoes and boots for women
  • sold at stores in California, Oregon, New York, Nevada and Washington
Freerangers

  • http://www.freerangers.co.uk/
  • NOTE: they are not sure what their glue contains (so their shoes made with glue might contain PTBP-FR), but they are able to make some of their styles without glue - you need to ask and there is a 15 supplement for shoes made with no glue
  • shoes and sandals for men and women
  • online store (UK)
Gabor

  • http://www.gabor.de/
  • shoes, sandals and boots for women and children
  • stores in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, Denmark and Italy (also sold in a number of other countries, including the UK)
  • online stores (Germany, Belgium, UK)
Josef Seibel

Kurt Geiger
Lucy Choi
Naot*  
Pink
Rohde
Romika
Simple Way

  • http://www.simpleway.co.uk/
  • shoes and sandals for men and women
  • sold online (based in UK)
  • public commitment: their website says 'If you have a glue allergy - we can help we can make certain styles without the use of any glue at all'
  • NOTE: they can only make certain styles without glue - you need to ask and get them specially made
Sperry Top-Sider
Think!*

Vabeene
  • http://www.vabeeneshoes.com/
  • shoes and sandals for women
  • sold in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, England, Sweden, Finland, and Belgium
Westland
Wonders
  • http://www.wonders.com/
  • shoes and sandals for women
  • sold in stores in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Korea
YellowBox
  • http://www.yellowboxshoes.com/
  • NOTE: only their shoes containing no fabric are PTBP-FR free (PTBP-FR is used as a coloring agent on the fabric material in their shoes) 
  • shoes and sandals for women
  • sold in the United States

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Specialized Athletic Shoes 

Asics

  • http://www.asics.com/ 
  • shoes for running, cricket, rugby, netball, walking, hockey, tennis, indoor court, training, track and field, wrestling, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, golf and soccer
  • shoes for men, women and children
  • sold worldwide
Asolo
  • http://www.asolo.com/
  • shoes for climbing, trekking, hiking, running and fitness
  • shoes for men, women and children
  • sold worldwide
Brooks

Haglofs
Lowa  
  • http://www.lowa.de/
  • shoes for climbing, trekking, hiking, fitness, skiing and golf
  • shoes for men, women and children
  • sold worldwide
Patagonia*
Scarpa

  • http://www.scarpa.net/
  • shoes for trekking, hill and mountain walking, mountaineering, rock climbing, telemarking, alpine touring, and ski mountaineering
  • shoes for men, women and children
  • sold worldwide
Sperry Top-Sider
Wolverine*

 

Vivobarefoot*
  • http://www.vivobarefoot.com/
  • shoes for hiking (off road; multi terrain; on road; amphibious) 
  • shoes for men, women and children
  • sold in the UK, the United States, Belgium, Austria, Australia, and Singapore

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Work Boots 

Wolverine*

 

 

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