4/22/13

Inkkas Handmade Shoes

     Happy Earth Day! A few weeks ago I was browsing Fab.com and came upon perhaps the coolest shoe company I have ever seen called Inkkas Shoes.  I had never heard of them before and was instantly drawn in by the unique and colorful designs, so I decided to further investigate the company and headed on over to their website.  What I found there was so cool and inspiring that I just had to share it with you guys, and I thought Earth Day was the perfect day to share!
    As most of you know who have been following my blog for awhile, my degree is in Environmental Policy.  As much as I love fashion, I equally love supporting important environmental and social causes that I believe in.  When I discover a company that merges those two passions I get pretty seriously excited, and Inkkas shoes does just that. 
 
 All of their shoes are handmade in South America by South Americans using their colorful traditional textiles.  Not only are the shoes made under the principles of fair trade, but they also donate a portion of all sales back to nonprofit organizations that help South American communities.  More specifically, a whole 10% of every sale goes to an organization called Amazon Watch, a nonprofit organization that works to protect the ecological values of the Amazon rainforest and the communities that live there.
If you are interested in reading a bit more about about the company and the work they do helping the environment and communities of the Amazon, you can find more information and pictures on their blog. With warm weather hopefully here to stay in Colorado soon, a pair of these fun and colorful sneakers are on the top of my wish list right now.  You can see all of the different color and print options here, I have been scrolling through them for a few weeks now trying to decide which I like best!
If you do end up checking out their site, I would love to hear which pair is your favorite! I think mine has to be the "Mango" low tops above, but I would love to get your opinions too!  I am picturing them with a simple white sundress and some bangles.  I would love to start featuring some more environmentally and socially conscious fashion finds on the blog more often if thats something you guys would be interested in.
Hope you all had a great weekend!
xo Hannah

35 comments:

  1. Oh man, this is pretty awesome. I love the story behind it and especially how 10% goes to protect the Amazon Rainforest. That's just excellent, and these shoes look incredible--and they're so unique and beautiful! I'm glad that you're so into finding environmental friendly clothing like this.

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  2. how awesome!!

    JordysBeautySpot.com ♥

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  3. These shoes are amazing. Love the black bird with the high top/converse type styling.

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  4. What amazingly beautiful shoes, in all ways!!!! Love the vibrant colors/prints. Thanks for sharing this. Will be hard to pick a favorite. I would love to see more on fair trade items. I also think it is great that you are "upcycling" the vintage clothes you find!!!

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  5. These shoes are amazing and totally perfect for earth day (and life ha). Glad both of your passions can mix and mingle and create something so awesome!

    Http://streetlily.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks for the tip. I dig on sustainable fashion...which is why I am addicted to vintage. Glad I stumbled upon your blog. Cute stuff, lady!
    xo
    ashley
    www.thephotogramps.blogspot.com

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  7. so in love with the idea of these sneakers!
    very nice blog by the way!

    kisses from Russia,
    Juliet

    www.julietpolilova.com

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  8. I can definitely see you rocking these shoes! I love the oxfords, they're such a statement piece!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  9. Perfect post for Earth Day. I didn't know these shoes. Thanks for sharing.

    Valeria.
    http://myurbanmarket.blogspot.it

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  10. Wow what a perfect find for Earth Day! (I wasn't aware of this at all!) I adore the colours and ethics behind this... beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing
    JEn@madeinminch

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  11. Wow, you have totally started a new obsession for me, these shoes are SO amazing. I am a huge lover of South American fabrics and patterns and I definitely going to looks into these! So cute!

    ~Alyssa
    www.butterfliesonmars.blogspot.com

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    1. I studied abroad in Mexico and have loved the fabrics ever since too! Let me know if you ever end up getting a pair, I would love to see which ones you choose! :)

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  12. Lovely blog! Beautiful inspirations!
    Would you like to check my site too? Maybe we can follow each other?
    Let me know hun! I would be very happy!
    xoxo
    http://pearlinfashion.blogspot.co.at/

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  13. Wow I love these, and not too expensive!
    Perfect Earth Day post.
    xo Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

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  14. those are awesome! and who doesn't love something that helps a great cause?! those would look great with some rolled-up boyfriend jeans, a white tee, and a fedora!

    max.
    http://petticoatsandpantalones.blogspot.com/

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    1. That would be such a cute way to wear them! I think they are so fun and colorful by themselves that a simple outfit like that would be best! :)

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  15. really neat!! Thanks for sharing this :). It can be so hard to find fair trade clothes (and to remember why it's important to) in the world of forever 21...

    -Emma from little motley

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  16. Oh no...I want a pair of these shoes so bad! They're amazingly unique and fun <3

    Trendy Teal

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  17. wow these prints are so amazing! great post!

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  18. Wow!! I think I may grab up a pair of those low cuts too!!

    itsmeladyg

    www.itsmeladyg.com

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    1. If you end up getting a pair let me know which ones you choose! :)

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  19. I love that they are handmade - that's even better. Such fun patterns too

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  20. What a wonderful blog dear !

    Hope you can come visit mine sometime :)

    xx

    www.ONTHEBRIGHTSTYLE.com

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  21. I love the patterns and colors! Moreover, the Fair Trade aspects, the Amazon Watch 10%, and them being handmade all make these a no brainer for me! I think these are some of the coolest shoes I've seen!

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  22. Thank you for your lovely comment,dear:)
    Your blog is full of inspiration,your posts are beautiful:)Thank you for making this amazing blog!
    xoxo Vesi from Bulgaria :))))

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  23. Wow! What a cool find. These are very neat. I would totally rock those.
    xo
    Taylor
    nothing but a pigeon

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  24. Wow really beautiful shoes!

    www.sakuranko.com

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  25. how fun!! the mango lowtops are amazing :)

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  26. wow they looks nice!
    Maybe we follow each other !?
    Let me know :)

    www.YulieKendra.com

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  27. These are so amazing, I love the colors and the prints!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  28. those shoes are amazing and that company looks so cool! A friend of mine just followed the company on Facebook but I didn't even think to look, I just (pessimistically) assumed they were copying the indigenous textiles that I fell in love with in Chiapas, Mexico so now I'm extra excited! And of course I'd love to hear about these sort of companies, but you knew I'd say that : )
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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  29. I would really like to get these shoes for my sister for christmas. She is dying for these exact shoes and is very picky about the style. She wants the toe and heel to be dark like pictured in all of these shoes, but when I checked the site, all the ones available now seem to have a thin converse-style bottom. Any ideas on where I could get these exact shoes from?

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