GIDEON Shoes is a social enterprise operated by the Ted Noffs Foundation to fund its projects and provide more resources for the community. One of these projects is the Street University: an educational facility based in South West Sydney that empowers disadvantaged youth through early intervention education, mentoring, narrative therapy and public health tools. All shoes are made in Australia under fair working conditions.
For Etiko, the payment of fair prices and development premiums is fundamental to achieving labour rights in garment, footwear and sports ball production. Continuing to pursue low prices and concentrating value extraction at the brand end of supply chains won’t deliver labour rights and poverty reduction. Etiko is a pioneer of organic and fairtrade fashion All clothing and footwear are made with cotton which is certified both organic (GOTS) and fairtrade (FLO). The rubber used in footwear is a blend of FSC certified rubber as well as other recycled materials.
Each pair of Mamahuhu is beautifully handcrafted by artisans with Colombian leather. The designs are inspired by unique elements from different cultures during the founders’ travels around the world.Mamahuhu helps unemployed artisans to become sustainable business owners, and job creators. A business model deeply rooted in helping communities socially thrive on their own merits, work pride and sense of accomplishment.
Inkkas is committed to fair trade and strive to develop transparent partnerships withproducers based on respect, fairness and equity. This provides the producers with a fair price, ensures a safe working environment and a commitment to environmentally sustained production. Through this approach they support disadvantaged communities in marginalised areas by providing a bridge to the global market and a means to maintain traditional artisan skills.
The Root Collective
The Root Collective is bucking the trends of mass production by focusing on handcrafted quality where the impact on the lives of our makers, and the role of your purchases in that, is the focus. People who work in manufacturing for fashion often come from impoverished communities and do not have many opportunities for work. The jobs are typically low paying and people work in poor conditions. The Root Collective’s passion is to change that. They believe that people should be treated fairly and with kindness, and believe that the right job can change lives and empower communities.
All Nisolo producers receive, at a minimum, far beyond fair trade wages, excellent healthcare, and a healthy working environment. The brand works closely with small, independent artisans to help grow their businesses and production capabilities in Mexico and Kenya, offering both finacial support and mentoring. With no middle men, Nisolo offers a fair price for both producers and consumers, and prioritises high quality.
Z Shoes is founded upon the principles of human dignity and environmental sustainability. Z Shoes are made from 100% organic, fair trade sustainably-harvested cotton from the Solo y San Miguel regions of Peru. Every Z Shoe starts with a comfortable sole made from 100% organic, fair trade, sustainably-harvested Amazonian Sharinga rubber, and all coloured shoes are produced using totally natural plant dyes.
Matt & Nat
From the start, Matt & Nat has been committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs. Each season, they continue to explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. Over the years, they’ve been experimenting with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork, and been committed to using linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.
TOMS is a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. TOMS Shoes are always given to children through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs.Realizing this movement could serve other basic needs, TOMS Eyewear was launched. With every pair purchased, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need. 400,000 have had their sight restored through purchases of TOMS Eyewear since 2011, through prescription glasses, medical treatment and/or sight-saving surgery.
Handmade in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Morocco, Brother Vellies creates boots, shoes and sandals in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts. At the Brother Vellies workshops, a small group of men and women assemble a few dozen pairs of shoes a day by hand, using techniques refined over multiple generations. The workshop was established in 1963 and is an open space that welcomes artisans of all genders, sexual orientation, backgrounds and trib
Bourgeois Boheme is an independent London-based footwear brand for men and women making state of the art luxury shoes completely free from animal-derived materials. The British-inspired, brand-exclusive styles are all artisan-made in Portugal from the finest eco-friendly Italian vegan leathers. With great attention to detail, BB champions slow fashion and redefines the perception of leather-free footwear.