Shoes are an important part of one's fashion style. The shoes can make or break an outfit, transforming a person into an elegant and refined aristocrat, or a fun and swanky street walker.
But sometimes, shoes are more important than for just making a memorable fashion statement; they can also change a person's life.
Indosole came to fruition thanks to a surf trip by a couple of young Californians to Indonesia in 2004. It's here that they discovered the environmental issue facing the Indonesian people, and sought to do something about it. But how?
Their solution to pollution is a shoe that is both fashionable and functional.
Indosole takes old and discarded rubber tires and transforms them into re-purposed footwear that is both toxic-free and environmentally sustainable.
By taking the old tires that would normally crowd landfills and be burned up, releasing toxic fumes, Indosole takes these tires, cuts them into shape, and applies them to the bottoms of handmade fabric shoes and sandals.
Each Indosole creation is handmade by artisan craftsmen and women, and uses only locally sourced and animal free materials during production, to ensure products that are completely friendly to the environment.
Indosole's products come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors, in both men's and women's collections. Both collections feature styles like the Boat Shoe and canvas slip-ons, called Kelapas.
There are also casual sneaker styles, including Kota lace-upshoes, and JJs, which are a low top comfortable everyday shoe.
For more beach-friendly footwear, check out the sandals collection, featuring products made from materials like burlap, banana leaves, rice grass, and repurposed inner tubes.
But Indosole isn't just about shoes, they almost make wonderful repurposed tote bags. These bags are made from a variety of organic materials, and all totes are lined with repurposed rice bags.
They come in a variety of styles, including purses, shopping, and tote bags. They are also super durable and water resistant.
Customers will love these stylish bags, and will feel better about shopping knowing they aren't contributing to more pollution in the world!
For handmade, high quality, repurposed products that are fashionable and functional, check out the great products from our friends at Indosole!