I would prefer to not wear shoes at all. I have people who asked me in the past "Do you even have shoes?" One of the reasons I like to be barefoot, is so I can feel the ground. The other reason is because it is healthy for your body to release negative energy to mother nature, and revitalize with her healing energy. There is a super interesting documentary about this, which is Kiss the Ground, with scientifically proof. Go check it out!
Though, in some places in life, it is better to wear shoes. On the hot pavements in the city, and in my case, also when I was working with street people. I simply felt it was more respectful working with them whilst actually wearing shoes.
Not wanting to wear my usual shoes with rubber soles (they stop your energetic connection to the ground), I decided to create my own shoes that would have leather soles, in the hope to ground better and let the energy flow. I had found out that I could get leather off-cuts in a shop in town. Fortunately as, in this way, I actually didn't use any extra leather but re-used their extra pieces. Win-win! This felt still in line with my moral ideas, as I am trying to limit the use of animal products where I can.
Not intending to make the sandals for anyone else, but being frequently asked "Where did you get these shoes from?", I realized more people liked the design, the idea of connecting with the ground underneath and the feeling of the second skin around the feet. This is when Earth Sole was born.
I'm still exploring the process of making shoes for other feet than my own, so at this moment, there is a short waiting list. Get in touch to be added to this waiting list for your own custom sandals, or for other questions and inquiries. Click here to find out more about sizing, pricing & orders.
Share the love. Per 1 September your payment will go further towards a happier & healthier world:
♡ People: R20 of each purchase will go to U-Turn, an NGO in Cape Town (and growing!) I've been personally active for two years, supporting them in their mission of helping people off the streets and offering skill development and job readiness.
♡ Animals: R20 for each purchase will go to Luna Cat Rescue, a small NPC that focuses on the rehabilitation and rehoming of cats and kittens from underprivileged areas.
♡ Nature: R20 of each purchase will go to the national tree planting NGO Greenpop as they focus on sustainable urban greening, forest restoration projects, spreading environmental awareness, and activating people to become environmental stewards across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Comfortable - the leather is soft and they take the shape of your feet
You'll stay grounded through their leather soles
The sandals are light and flexible,
so easy to take along on any adventure
Made from leather offcuts to minimalize the environmental impact
High quality and durable -
leather is incredibly strong!
Every pair is unique!
'Feel like I'm going back to my roots and that feels good"
"Wauw, I didn't expext this. hey really feel barefoot but then with a little more protection. And I love how they look on my feet"
“I've been interested in the bushman all my life. Those must have been the way they wore shoes back in those days. It feels great wearing them now too”
"They feel so natural! I understand why you gave them the name "Second Skin" - don't want to take them off!"
Kenny, Hout Bay