This girl loves bare feet. I also love flip flops, sandals, anything without socks and showing as much of my feet as possible pretty much as long as there is not snow on the ground. Summer is my favorite because there are so many cute options to put on my feet, but being a mom of 3, I don't always treat myself to new shoes. I was thrilled when I was presented to opportunity to work with a company that had awesome footwear.
Indosole, based in San Fransisco but produced in Bali, is a company that is helping reduce Indonesian landfills by using discarded tires to make fashionable and functional footwear. You might think this would be crazy, but they have found a way to salvage directly from the landfills and sanitize their finds using skilled Balinese artisans and promoting fair trade practices in their workshops. Without use of fuel powered machines, the Indosole products are handmade and giving new life to trash and tires in an organic repurposed way.
The story of Indosole
"The idea for Indosole was conceived on a surf trip to Bali, Indonesia in 2004. A couple of young Californians were struck by the environmental issues faced by Indonesians, and inspired by an unusual pair of sandals they found there. By combining these two things, they created a unique solution to the problem of pollution in Indonesia in the form of a product that was both fashionable and functional."
After browsing the collections, I settled on a pair. Can I tell you, it was a hard decision because they had so many neat options. Two of the options I had were the:
I was thrilled to see this in my mailbox soon, my Indosole package is here!
All shoes run differently and that is also the case with Indosole. On their shopping site, they recommend what is best, I was feeling like I would probably be a 7, but they ended up sending an 8 for me just in case. I love that they took the time to make sure I would have exactly what I needed.
I was sent the Sambal in black and couldn't wait to see them in person.
These shoes retail for $45 and were named after a spicy Indonesian chili sauce. The Sambal sandals are really cute, with a very thin platform wedge that gives just enough of a boost, and a lace up front. I like the classic black, but they also come in pink palm, navy floral, and light pink floral. They are really a great looking sandal and I couldn't wait to get them on and show them off.
They also feature:
Has slight heel - .5 cm
3cm wide toe strap
laces in front
Vegan Suede foot bed
Batik dyed - Canvas uppers
Available in black and all 4 batiks
Re-purposed tire soles
I have worn the Sambal sandals many times now. I love how comfortable they are, they feel very light and you can hardly tell you have them on. I was worried a bit about the tie front being uncomfortable or coming undone, but I shouldn't have been, neither has been an issue at all. I have gotten tons of compliments on their look and where they came from, they are a pretty perfect summer shoe. I did end up sticking with the 7, I am about a 7.5 normally, so make sure you view the size chart before ordering.
Check out the Indosole Tire Ticker at the top of the page to see how many tires they have repurposed and help them get to their ONE MILLION goal. They are at 216,810 as of this review.
Want It? Buy It!
Ready to wear some Indosole of your own? Shop the catalog here now. You can also follow Indosole on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, Twitter, or Pinterest. You can read more about Indosole and their journey on their blog here.
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One MBP reader will win a pair of Indosole sandals, winner will get choice of style and size. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter to win. Remember- if the entry field appears in BOLD, it's mandatory.
Many thanks to Indosole!