Close friends know that I’m always on the look out for fabulous shoes to sell on Happy Shoe Day! Let’s face it, if you’ve ever met me you know that I love making sure people have beautiful shoes at an affordable price.
Now, let’s add one more level to this, shoes that have a good cause behind them! I absolutely want to make sure they are a part of the Happy Shoe Day collection. The sandals I’m talking about are called Mawu Lolo, hand crafted sandals made by artisans in Ghana.
This company was started in Minnesota by David Frauenshuh, a man who simply wanted to help build schools in Ghana, Africa and found out that they needed so much more than that. Woman couldn’t attend the schools because they were too busy bringing clean water to their village all day. Solution: money was donated to build wells. Now that woman are available to get an education it was time to find a way to build careers to help get them out of poverty. Classes in sewing and sandal making were created. These artisans are paid a livable wage to create handmade sandals that are sold around the world.
You can learn more about the artisan and their story on the Mawu Lolo website.
Twin Cities Live is also sharing the story of the makers this week as host Elizabeth Ries, and photographer, Seth Holst, traveled to Ghana to get a first hand look and meet the amazing people of this community.
Now that you know the story behind the sandals, lets talk about the shoe itself. These are my new go-to sandals. They are always by my front door because being 9 months pregnant in the middle of the summer finding shoes to wear is an impossible task. My heels have been put into hibernation and flip-flops are my new best friend. Some flip-flops go through the obligatory breaking in phase when in between your toes you have to get a blister and break them in. I was shocked when I went through an entire day without a blister. Honestly, they are so comfortable to walk in, even a day full of running errands. Also, an added bonus is the pop of color under your foot. Adds a fun flare to what you’re wearing.
Happy Shoe Day is currently caring the pink and purple pattern in Eternal (flip flops) & Elinam (birkencork style) for $35. Sizes are limited but I would be delighted to order more of these so be sure to request what size you’re looking for. Want different style? Check out their website and let me know what you’re looking for.
I hope you have a Happy Shoe Day!!