Summer is right around the corner and I desperately needed some new sneakers. Now… finding new sneakers isn’t that hard, finding fair trade sneakers is a bit harder. That’s why I’m writing this post, to make it easier for you! Because I found this amazing brand and I LOVE everything they make!
The brand I’m talking about is MIPACHA. The name MIPACHA (Quechua for “My World”) and their logo, are inspired by the ancient Inca belief that Cuzco is the centre of the world (MIPACHA was founded in Cuzco, Peru).
“MIPACHA is founded on the principles of fair trade, authenticity, and the creation of better opportunities for the people of Peru. In all our products we integrate values of social and economic sustainability. MIPACHA shoes are made with local Peruvian textiles and materials, handmade in Peru by passionate and skilled craftspeople. Throughout the creation of MIPACHA footwear, everyone maintains western-standard working conditions, and MIPACHA develops and supports projects for the people and communities of Cuzco.”
This far it sounds pretty cool, right? Well wait untill you see some their shoes…
I bought the Clásico Bajo Gato Marino (shown on the picture above) which I’m reeeeeeeeeeaally happy with! They cost €84,95/$79.95/£68.57 (shipping is free!). Each pair of Clásico and Cavillaca is delivered with a free hand woven bracelet. “These bracelets are made by local women, situated in the poorer outskirts of Cuzco. MIPACHA has set up a special program where these unemployed women are being trained to become skilled professional artisans.” Buying a pair of MIPACHA’s doesn’t only make you feel and look good, it also helps the world to become a better place!
What do you think of these shoes? And do you know any other fair trade (shoe) brands?
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