It took us two years to find the ideal canvas, design the soles, refine the pattern, and hone our craft. The Afridrille is the most comfortable espadrille we’ve ever worn. With its refined but simple design, we’ll be damned if it’s not the best looking, too.
Life in Every Stitch
Every pair of Afridrilles is measured, cut, embossed, sewn, ironed, reversed, sewn some more, pinned, hand-woven, stretched, cleaned, and inspected by our Maker Mums.
We take great pride in the jobs that we are creating for our Maker Mums. These women have risen from the margins of society to become some of their communities most empowered citizens. When you purchase these products you are participating directly in the lives of these women and joining us as we continue to thread the needle of sustainable change in Maai Mahiu, Kenya.
The Afridrilles provides quality jobs to empowered women in Maai Mahiu, Kenya.
We tested every canvas we could get our hands on to find a fabric with the right combination of durability and comfort — not too stiff, but not too stretchy. The winner? A Kenyan canvas made in a plant owned by three sisters with an exceptional commitment to their workers.
Made from 100% East African cotton, you can walk happily knowing your shoes support Kenyan farmers, too.
Maai Mahiu is located at 1° South, 36° East. We embed that angle into each pair of shoes in the slant of the vamp and the diagonal in our beaded tabs so that our customers are reminded where their shoes are made and by whom.
Ubuntu is all about connection, which is why we put a map of the world on our soles. These soles were made for us by a family-owned company in Murcia, Spain, where espadrilles have been made by hand for generations.
With a vulcanized rubber lining and a jute rope core, our soles are as durable as they are beautiful.
Kenyan fashion is all about patterns and colors. Subtlety isn’t normally our thing. These shoes though? They wear their Kenyan pride on the inside.
Our Afridrilles are lined with a soft, breathable cotton fabric to help them stay dry and comfortable all day long. Each lining is printed by hand with our Ubuntu tribal pattern, so you’ll never forget where they came from.
We've partnered with Zazzle to enable you to design your own pair of Afridrilles! Choose from dozens of patterns, colors and linings to make a one-of-a-kind pair: Custom Espadrilles
Kuba Cloth Afridrille - Burnt Orange / White
The inspiration of our Kuba Cloth Afridrille is to take a historical print & give it new life through the beautiful people working at Ubuntu Life. Kuba Cloth is a unique textile from the Democratic Republic of the Congo known for its elaborate & complex design. We are proud to showcase this historical pattern using a modern approach while each step is done by hand.
You will be sure to stand out in handmade Afridrilles! These are the perfect shoe to transition from Summer into Fall without missing a step. Grab a pair of socks for those cooler nights, our Afridrilles were designed with adventure in mind.
- Handmade in Maai Mahiu, Kenya
- Hand-screen printed Kuba Cloth pattern using lead-free water-based inks used for silk screen printing
- Hand beaded tab made by our Maasai Maker Mums
- Materials: 100% Natural cotton Kenyan canvas, genuine Kenyan nubuck leather, traditional jute soles with vulcanized rubber for durability
- Sizing: We recommend sizing 1/2 size up as they run narrow. Not available in wide sizes.
- Your Afridrilles will be slightly tight at first. The shoe will stretch out and mold to your foot after 2-3 wears. If they are a little tight, we recommend wearing them with socks around the house to loosen up the canvas.
- Every product supports meaningful, full-time employment in Kenya
Please note W is for Women's and M is for Men's when reviewing our sizing!
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