Cruelty Free Leather Sandals

$ 16.00

Lovely debossed and painted sandals with block-printed cotton straps and rubber soles to prevent slipping. These cruelty free sandals are made from leather from cows that died of natural causes.

  • Available in two styles and three sizes (S, M, and L)
  • Materials: leather, cotton
  • Fair Trade, Sustainable, Handmade, Funds Community Development, Sustainable Leather, Vegetable Tanning

How are they made?
In a vegetarian region of Rajasthan, India, the cultural art of leather craft and tooling is inherited through the generations. We purchase our sandals from Matr Boomie, who partners directly with the artisans in this region. The leather is tanned using a vegetable tanning method, which protects the environment and tannery workers from toxic chemicals. Artisans then use water-based dyes or oils to color the leather. With a set of hand tools, each artisan applies love and skill to cutting, stitching, embossing and embroidering our leather journals, bags and accessories.

Most of our leather artisan partners belong to a social class called Chamar, which excludes them from other classes of society and severely limits their resources. About 30 families formed a development group to empower artisans, beginning with advanced tooling techniques. As a result, the caste stigma is gradually diminishing as artisans make economic and social progress. Housing, sanitation and health care access have improved, and children are attending school. Most recently, the village realized its dream of opening its first school for girls!

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