Sustainable African Footwear With A Cause

Brother Vellies



Letting loose on the desert during festival's like Coachella isn’t what it once was. It seems that these days making a lasting fashion impression during festival season is almost as important as one you would make during fashion week. With that said you might want to include these ultra bold - modern day desert shoes as you pack your bikini tops, cutoff shorts and swinging dresses.

The ethically-minded, African footwear entitled Brother Vellies comes in a range of handmade sandals, boots, and other styles. Aurora James, the label’s creator, had a vision of bringing traditional footwear to the rest of the world while sustaining artisanal jobs. Every shoe is made in either South Africa, Kenya or Namibia using techniques that have been refined over many generations. Brooklyn-based, James, launched her company in 2013 coining the slang term “vellies” which are classic South African and Namibian rawhide shoes typically known as Veldskoen. 

Although Gladiator sandals have found their way back into our closet, I think that these lace up sandals with tassels, or feather adorned sandals fall totally in line with the 70’s desert type look. Have fun as you set foot on your journey towards a sea of hair flipping and dancing at the upcoming Coachella. 

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