12 Artisan-Made Sandals To See the World In

 Image via Brother Vellies

Image via Brother Vellies

We love and respect artisan-made, slow fashion because it preserves traditional craftsmanship, celebrates cultural diversity, and supports local communities in sustainable ways. In addition, artisans are usually paid premium for their skills and knowledge passed down through generations, and the materials they tend to use are also more likely to be ones readily available, slow-made from their local regions (as opposed to mass produced materials churned out mindlessly to meet huge volumes of fast fashion market demand).

So when it comes time to travel this season, whether to a nearby town or across the globe, we'll be getting adventurous in our artisan-made sandals, treasured old sandals we already own, and exciting pre-loved finds from our favorite online second hand retailers.

If you're a slow fashion freak like we are, here are 10 conscious sandals brands championing artisanal craft while supporting sustainable community development to check out.


Kyma Sandals at Reformation

KYMA

Highlights: Handmade by craftsman in Greece with vegetable-tanned leather; triple-layered sole for comfort

Investment: $$$

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Nisolo Artisan Made Sandals | Conscious Fashion Collective

Nisolo

Highlights: Transparently made by artisans in Peru, Mexico, and Kenya; vegetable-tanned leather in select styles

Investment: $$$

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Proud Mary via Accompany US | Conscious Fashion Collective

Proud Mary

Highlights: Handmade by artisans in Morocco; crochet woven raffia

Investment: $$$

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St Agni Studio Artisan Made Sandals | Conscious Fashion Collective

St Agni

Highlights: Transparently made with a small factory in Java using leather from sustainably-raised, local cows

Investment: $$$

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D'arce at Reve En Vert | Conscious Fashion Collective

D'arçé

Highlights: Made to order by indigenous women with leather via kangaroos culled under regulation from Australian government

Investment: $$$

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Brother Vellies Artisan Made Sandals | Conscious Fashion Collective

Brother Vellies

Highlights: Handmade in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco; celebrates traditional African footwear; uses mindfully sourced materials

Investment: $$$$

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Insecta Vegan Shoes | Conscious Fashion Collective

Insecta

Highlights: Made in Brazil from recycled plastic bottles; vegan

Investment: $$$

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Caboclo

Highlights: Made by artisans in Cariri, Brazil using leather treated without toxic chemicals

Investment: $$$

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Coclico artisan made sandals | Conscious Fashion Collective

Coclico

Highlights: Made by artisanal crafters in Spain with third party certifications; uses natural components, including leather from local tanneries

Investment: $$$$

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Fortress of Inca

Highlights: Handmade by artisans in Peru out of high-quality, vegetable-tanned leather and other natural materials

Investment: $$$

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Indosole Eco Sandals | Conscious Fashion Collective

Indosole

Highlights: B Corp certified; uses up-cycled tires as soles and natural rubber footbeds; supports local artisans; vegan

Investment: $$

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KAANAS Artisan Made Sandals | Conscious Fashion Collective

KAANAS

Highlights: Handcrafted by local artisans throughout South America, Central America, and Africa

Investment: $$$

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Note: This is a reference only. Conscious Fashion Collective is not responsible for the brands we feature based off of publicly provided information. For specific information on products and pricing, please refer to each brand's website and reach out to its brand reps to ensure its products fit the criteria you're looking for.


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