12 Artisan-Made Sandals To See the World In
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.
Highlights: Handmade by craftsman in Greece with vegetable-tanned leather; triple-layered sole for comfort
Highlights: Handmade by artisans in Morocco; crochet woven raffia
Highlights: Transparently made with a small factory in Java using leather from sustainably-raised, local cows
Highlights: Handmade in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco; celebrates traditional African footwear; uses mindfully sourced materials
Highlights: Made by artisans in Cariri, Brazil using leather treated without toxic chemicals
Highlights: Made by artisanal crafters in Spain with third party certifications; uses natural components, including leather from local tanneries
Highlights: B Corp certified; uses up-cycled tires as soles and natural rubber footbeds; supports local artisans; vegan
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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