Want to continue your shoe addiction without feeling bad about it?
Want to tell your spouse or your friend that is supposed to be holding you accountable that you’re actually making a difference in the world by purchasing a new pair of shoes?
Look no further! The following brands will help you on your shoe journey and will also benefit the greater good.
HQ: Nomadic – Austin, Texas and NYC
Guatemala and Panama
Product: A range of leather boots, sandals, loafers made with traditional Guatemalan woven fabric
Price Range: $90 to $300
Impact: Teysha has established it’s own shoe workshop employing over fifteen traditional shoe makers in the last five years. They’ve designed a rural supply chain which enables women and men weavers to work from home and care for their families. They’ve also pioneered the custom-designed footwear market to enabling their customers to directly collaborate with the artisans. www.teysha.is
Product: Men’s and Women’s leather boots, sneakers, etc.
Price Range: $100 to $250
As the world’s very first fair trade certified footwear company, Oliberte has their own factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia working with shoe makers to provide quality shoes in an ethically sound working environment. “Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. We believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all. This means making premium quality products with a lifetime warranty, and it means treating every employee, everywhere in the world, with respect.” www.oliberte.com
HQ: San Francisco, California
Artisan Partners: India
Product: Beautifully handcrafted leather slippers using vintage fabrics
Price Range: $100 to $350
Impact: Female owned and operated; mindfully made in India. llanishoes.com
HQ: Portland, Oregon
Artisan Partners: Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia
Product: Leather shoes and accessories; scarves and other textiles
Price Range: $50 to $250
Impact: Sseko provides employment and scholarship opportunities to women in Uganda who are trying to further their education. Up to date, they’ve sent 106 women to university. In addition, Sseko works with artisan partners in Kenya and Ethiopia.