(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles
(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles

(UBUNTU LIFE)RED Beaded Afridrilles

Regular price $95.00 Save $-95.00
10 in stock

By far the best shoe we’ve ever made. The only shoe we’ve ever made.  Now in partnership with (RED)...

Versatile, casual, and comfortable, the Afridrilles are constructed from top quality materials with a dash of Kenyan flair. And while every pair of shoes we make empowers the women who make themour (UBUNTU LIFE)RED really stand out for one important reason: These shoes save lives. 20% of each sale goes to the Global Fund to support their fight against HIV and AIDS. 

This is the first shoe we've ever made with extensive Maasai beadwork directly on the canvas, and the result is stunning. The perfect holiday gift for someone you love... or for yourself.

  • Handmade in Maai Mahiu, Kenya
  • Materials: Kenyan canvas, genuine Kenyan nubuck leather, traditional jute soles with vulcanized rubber for durability
  • Sizing: True to size. Not available in wide sizes.
  • Every product supports meaningful, full-time employment in Kenya, AND contributes to the fight against HIV and AIDS

 

The perfect handmade shoe.
Now saving lives.

Every pair of Afridrilles empowers the women who make them in our studio in Kenya, but the (RED) Afridrille is extra special: These shoes save lives.

We’re launching the (RED) Afridrille in collaboration with (RED)’s campaign against HIV and AIDS. Twenty percent of the revenue from these shoes will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS with (RED) — enough to provide 95 days of life-saving HIV medication. Find out more.

In Maai Mahiu we’ve seen the pain caused by the HIV epidemic. Our town is a transit hub on the highway connecting Uganda to the Kenyan coast, and has suffered from some of the highest rates of HIV in Kenya.

Since 2000, the number of children born with HIV worldwide has fallen by nearly two-thirds, thanks to widespread investments in health care and anti-virus medications. The work of the Global Fund and funding from (RED)’s partners can play a major role in continuing this success. The (RED) Afridrille is our way to help.

Beaded and Beautiful

The toes of our (RED) Afridrilles are capped with a stunning piece of Maasai handiwork. Vibrant red beading makes these shoes a unique and beautiful piece of craftwork.

Life in Every Stitch

The World's Most
Powerful Shoe

The Canvas

Beadwork from
the Maasai Mara

The Afridrille’s distinctive beaded tabs are made by our Maasai Maker Mums. Income paid directly to these women supports their traditional lifestyle while helping them lead empowered lives.

36° East

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.

All Heart

..and Sole

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.

Hand-printed lining

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.

Custom Afridrilles!

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