This blog turns 4 years old today. To be honest, I’m surprised that I’m still writing the blog. I thought I would have run out of stuff to write about years ago. But I’m still finding things to write for the blog, and this month I’m excited to write about a new topic – shoes from Africa, a continent I have never been to and know little about. Specifically, I’m writing about shoes from Ethiopia.
soleRebels is a footwear company founded in 2004 in Ethiopia. I like the philosophy of this footwear company because it is certified fair trade and eco-friendly. soleRebels is the first footwear company in the world to be certified fair trade by the WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization). The company pays their workers a fair wage, and their workers in Ethiopia earn on average 4 or 5 times over the legal minimum wage.
soleRebels is an eco-friendly company. They use recycled car tyres to make the soles of their shoes. They also use as much sustainable materials as possible in the manufacturing of their shoes, such as hand spun, hand loomed organic cotton, and natural fibres such as hemp and koba. Koba is a plant native to Ethiopia, and it has been grown there for thousands of years. A picture of the koba tree is used as the soleRebels logo.
soleRebels also manufactures a range of vegan shoes. These are shoes that contain no animal products.