Mar
2
2010
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 

$85, available at Soula Shoes, Brooklyn and Dover Street Market, London

The Launch

SAWA Shoes

This month, SAWA Shoes launches around the world. Touted as the first sneakers produced entirely in Africa from all African-made materials, they're crafted by local cobblers in Cameroon. The company is hoping to lay the foundation for a sustainable economy by exporting finished products from the continent, as opposed to simply producing raw materials that are finished in more developed countries. A noble goal, indeed, but even if they weren't doing such good, the shoes alone are worth a look. Influenced by the omnipresence of second hand clothes in the Africa,   the simple design will look as good with a pair of plaid shorts as they will with a summer suit. Which may explain why such influential retailers as Comme des Garçons, WoodWood and Dover Street Market have all placed orders.

It Takes a Village

Laces
Tunisia

Vinyl
& Rubber

Egypt

Leather
Nigeria

Canvas
Cameroon

Packaging
South Africa

 

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