Astral Footwear and TOPS FOR SHOES Join Forces to Support RiverLink


Local families and visitors from across the country have made TOPS FOR SHOES a downtown Asheville shopping destination for over 50 years. They rely on TOPS for comfort and fashion footwear and award winning service. We are proud to team up with River Link and Astral Footwear to raise money for this worthy cause!

Astral is a local business that cares deeply about the community where they built their business. The founder, and owner of Astral, Philip Curry had a constant question in his mind: Could I protect more land and water by farming this small farm, or by getting back in to the outdoor equipment business?  In 2002, he began Astral.  Astral is deeply committed to building the best preforming products for wilderness athletes, and they focus on building them in the least toxic, lowest impact way.  Since 2002, they have grown and have done a lot of good along the way.  They have eliminated the use of toxic PVC foam from the PFD (Personal Flotation Device) industry, invented breathable lifejackets, won awards for their paradigm changing footwear designs, and they have developed the stickiest rubber ever worn on wet rock-just to name a few.  Astral is a locally run business that has benefitted from the riverfront revitalization that RiverLink has created.




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