About Us

In a time of fast fashion and cheap products, we feel that the world has had enough...
We are on a quality mission! Our commitment is to build products to last, to love, and to get better with time. All while being respectful of the materials we use, the hands that make our products, and this planet which we all share.
As a proud member of 1% for the Planet, we refuse to contribute to a disposable society and we encourage everyone to start buying better, consuming less, and to get outside and enjoy this planet!

The Team

Bill Schmitz, Founder of The Sole Workshop, holding a pair of sandals on the beach.


A product designer with a background in leathercraft, Bill set off to create the perfect sandal in 2016 when he was frustrated with the quality of what was on the market. After years of prototyping and testing, the Original Wanderer was born and he founded The Sole Workshop as a way to make one of a kind products that are built to last. 

Bill is a former Floridian who knows a thing or two about wearing sandals daily and is a lover of all water & air sports. He is also a US national & World champion skydiver. From his atelier in Belgium, he proudly crafts each pair by hand, and ships them to satisfied clients all over the world.

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Sunset handstand on the beach. Photo by Bill Schmitz.


With a background in psychology, Dana uses her love of life to bring a ray of sunshine to our social media feed and communications.

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