Soul of Africa

Consciously Crafted Shoes

 

Empowering makers.
Supporting local communities.

Ababa and Addis are simple shoes that pay homage to the original humans of the Rift Valley. Hand stitched in Ethiopia by Soul of Africa, a social enterprise facilitating the provision of employment, knowledge transfer and income generation through shoemaking, creating sustainable supply chains and supporting community projects.

Akaso

Vegan shoe made in collaboration with Akaso and Kara tribe.

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ADDIS

Our minimal retro lace-up design, made from Wild Hide leather.

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ababa leather

Simple slip-on shoe on a mission. Made from Wild Hide leather.

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KIDS

Made for growing feet to explore the world in true barefoot style.

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WALK IN HER SHOES 

In 2017 we launched a production line in Addis Ababa, training and employing local shoemakers, technicians and managers.
We invite you to walk in Mizan’s shoes, one of our first employees, who moved from the countryside, like many other young Ethiopians, in search for a better life.
We’re proud to work with Mizan and her colleagues, providing skills development and decent employment.

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WILD HIDE LEATHER

Leather is one of the oldest materials humans ever used for protecting our feet.

We work with Pittards – one of the biggest leather tanneries in Africa, they meet European standards and use their own water treatment plant, avoiding harmful chemicals.

All of our leather is Wild Hide – wild reared and community sourced, so that a healthy, natural eco-system and a healthy community can go hand in hand.

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Our shoes carry the Proudly Made in Africa award, meaning the products were independently verified for their quality, materials used and ethical production.

 

 

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