Saturday, 24 August 2013

Inkkas: My snazzy ethical high-tops!

I spent most of my time at Who's Next scouting out ethical shoe brands, because like many others, I find shoes one of the most difficult things to buy ethically without compromising on style. Wandering around with my flatmate, we spotted the Inkkas stand from a long way off, thanks to its snazzy display of high-tops and low-tops made from stunning South American textiles. And their ethical credentials were on display too: all shoes are handmade in Peru, and 10% of every sale goes towards protecting the Amazon rainforest.

Inkkas only use authentic South American textiles in their shoes, which gives them their unusual look. The company is 'committed to ensuring the health, happiness and well-being of its workers', and ensures that their artisans are paid well above average, working in a hazard-free work environment, and following the 10 principles of Fair Trade. Inkkas also work with Amazon Watch, which promotes the protection of the Amazon rainforest and the civil rights of the indigenous people who live there.

It was really interesting chatting to the founder, Dan Ben-Nun, about his journey so far with this great start-up (only founded in 2012!). The brand seems to be doing really well already, and you can even find some styles stocked at Urban Outfitters. But for the full range, check out the Inkkas website!

Dan was kind enough to offer me a pair to test out. I opted for the Concrete Jungle high-tops - what do you think? I styled them up with the brightest outfit I could think of. You can never have too many patterns!

So what's the verdict? Really comfy shoes that look cool, give back, and that you can be either silly or sensible in (see above).

How would you style yours?

(...and as a quick note, I'm off travelling for the next month, so see you all in September!)

Sadie xxx

Disclosure: I received a free pair of shoes as compensation for this post but all opinions are my own!


Sam said...

What a cool shoe! Love the use of colour and they match your look perfectly! I'm not really a sneaker girl myself, but these do look like I should give them a try!


Joyce said...

Your haaaaaaaaair! Loving the new pixie cut.

Style Eyes said...

I love these! So bright and colourful. Have a fab time travelling.

Christina Pippin said...

love these shoes + the way you've styled them. love the new do, too!

Jessica Coombs said...

L-O-V-E the high tops! Super jealous. I'm addicted to the aztec / peruvian pattern and currently have a skirt and jumper with a similar pattern, but the hi-tops are perfect! Love your blog, I'm always reading it! :) Have fun travelling!

lily said...

I've only just discovered your blog and it's the first ethical fashion blog I've seen, and I must say I love it! You and your style are so adorable and nothing like the stereotype many ethical things seem to have. These shoes are amazing omg! Followed you on bloglovin and I'd love if you could check out my blog too!
lily x

moral craze said...

Love the shoes and the concept. Thanks for introducing them to me;)

Niki xx

Hayley Littlemore said...

Really love these shoes! And your photos are so beautiful :)
Hayley x

Claire Miller said...

Awesome shots :) I think you should share your photos on, too :)

Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions said...

LHPS Plumbing - boiler repair bromley are the experts to name for a wide range of home and commercial plumbing services to Croydon and the surrounding area, including CCTV drain inspections, installation of rainwater tanks, blocked drains and fuel service repairs. In case you are trying to discover a plumber from a good plumbing firm in an emergency, you will be glad to know that we now have a 24 hr plumbing staff for emergency plumbing services in Croydon, defending plumber croydon the complete of the Croydon Borough and surrounding areas.

Jett Burke said...
This comment has been removed by the author.