While folks in the Northern Hemisphere are dusting off their snow boots, for the rest of us, there’s Soludos, a line of bohemian-chic espadrilles that pair soft cotton uppers with flexible, all-natural jute soles. The New York firm recently teamed up with Lemlem to create a capsule collection that incorporates the latter’s ethically sourced, hand-woven Ethiopian textiles. “Seeing our weavers at work on their looms is mesmerizing,” Lemlem founder, the supermodel Liya Kebede, has said. “The beauty of our products lie in the intricate weaving patterns and the incredible care taken by each of our weavers.”
Lebede founded Lemlem in 2007 to help her country’s artisans preserve their craft while inspiring economic independence. Aptly, “lemlem” means “to flourish” or “to bloom” in Amharic.
“By employing traditional weavers, we’re trying to break their cycle of poverty, at the same time preserving the art of weaving while creating modern, casual, comfortable stuff that we really want to wear,” Kebede said.
The shoes, which come in versions for both men and women, feature neon accents that contribute to their breezy, resort-ready style.
Another plus? Five percent of each sale will benefit the Liya Kebede Foundation, which dedicates itself to promoting maternal health in Africa through advocacy, education, and partnerships.
Prices range from $99 for a sandal with ankle ties to $129 for a platform smoking slipper.