Of course we search and source all year round until we find the nicest shoes for each season. For instance, we are big fans of French label Veja. Who needs Nike? Seriously! And what about TOMS? Did you knew we were the first shop stocking TOMS in the Netherlands? We just really love their ONE for ONE principle and their styles. Check out the IKAT printed desert boots for example!
Born out of a desire for a new kind of fashion, French label Veja works with cooperatives of small producers and social associations in Brazil and France. Veja’s awesome sneaker collections are made of organic cotton, natural rubber and amazing technical fabrics such as recycled polyester and hemp. Shop Veja here.
TOMS Shoes was founded on a simple premise: With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what TOMS shoes is all about. According to their latest giving report (Oktober 2014) TOMS has given more than 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need and helped to restore the sight to over 250,000 people.
That is really amazing! Read the full giving report here. Unfortunately not all TOMS shoes are made of sustainable materials. The brand works with sustainable materials in their collection though and the collections are produced in a fair way. Shop TOMS here.
Finish of with Orphan socks
It may sound a bit silly; 'orphan socks', but it’s a really lovely project of L’Herbe Rouge together with French/Brazilian stylist Marcia de Carvalho. The ”orphan socks project” or ‘chausettes orphelines’ started with the intention to give a second life to odd socks, used in new objects. This project was also socially minded because it creates employment for women following a rehabilitation course in apprenticeship workshops.
The project took new dimension in 2014, with an innovating process of the manufacturing of recycled yarn from mismatched socks into new ones, which are made in France. Oh yeah! And... they are very stylish, warm and comfy too. You can buy them here.