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.
Life in Every Stitch
Every pair of (RED) Afridrilles is measured, cut, embossed, sewn, ironed, reversed, sewn some more, pinned, hand-woven, stretched, beaded, 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 Afridrille provides quality jobs to empowered women in 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