Inkkas Shoes, My Love at First Sight. Inkkas Shoes Review with a Bonus.

My Inkkas Arrived!!!!!

Desert Nomad High Top.
Desert Nomad High Top.

Ever thought of being socially conscious?

In our crazy crazy world, which becomes more and more crazy with every day, it is entirely up to every one of us not to follow the collective craziness of a crowd.

Our life as consumers is jeopardized for the sake of profit of big companies.

Our children’s toys are full of poisonous chemicals. Our cosmetic products can slowly kill us. We are in danger of being poisoned on genetic level by processed foods.

By making right choices as consumers we can save ourselves. Make right choices. Stay above the crowd of average consumers. Guard yourself and also become a giver rather than a taker. Buy from pro-healthy choice companies. And when you take, try to give back at the same time by looking for companies that donate part of their profit for some great cause.

We should become more conscious, and not just conscious, but rather we should practice social consciousness, or social awareness, which means that we should share our consciousness within a society.

In other words, we have to realize that we are all connected and we should not ignore the difficulties and hardships of society. We are links of the same chain. Whatever we are doing we should follow a rule of not harming anyone, but rather helping in any way we can.

Inkkas shoes, love from first sight
Inkkas shoes, love from first sight

What does social consciousness have to do with shoes? The answer is simple- these two things are really connected when you think about Inkkas shoes.

Do you know this weird feeling when you think about something and then, voila, you see it in reality…. Somebody thought about it already, and what’s more, went further and produced it. And you think, well, as they say, all genius is simple.

When we lived in my old country, the former Soviet Union, we didn’t have variety of goods. Clothes, shoes, food…… we had it all, but really just essentials, without much variety or choices…. Clothes and shoes were of the same kind and I used to make my own clothes just to get something fresh to stand out of the crowd. I was making clothes for my son too and once I made for him boots. Actually, I didn’t really make them, but I just took Russian felt boots (by the way, really warm and light and comfy boots, but oh, so ugly) and I covered them with colorful tapestry type fabric. I just stitched fabric over the felt boots and everyone around considered that my son was wearing some imported boots.

Since then I always wanted shoes like those for myself, tapestry shoes, or boots… I like tapestry type bags, vests and the like…. We all like and we are used to see tapestry bags and vests….. But not so much shoes…. So, I thought it would be cool…. It would look cool and should feel really soft and comfy.

And then, voila, I saw Inkkas shoes over the internet! It was like a revelation…. Wow, they have exactly what I was thinking about, and even more….. Colors, shapes, the idea itself!!!! I started researching about Inkkas shoes. And when I learnt about an idea behind Inkkas shoes, my love for them went to the next level- deep respect.

Inkkas, a socially conscious shoe company

Inkkas is a comparatively young shoe company, they were founded in 2012. The Inkkas shoe company has its roots in South America. All Inkkas shoes are produced by hand in Peru. Inkkas company says that they use traditional South American textiles which are also made in Peru. Woven fabric was used by indigenous peoples of South America for centuries, as art and also for decorative and utilitarian purposes. Inkkas shoes fabrics are based on Aztec, Incan and tribal patterns and designs, which makes them an authentic South American product

The reason why they call themselves a socially conscious shoe company is that they give back to the areas where their product is created. Inkkas donate a portion of all proceeds to help South American communities, for example, 10% of sales go towards protecting and preserving the Amazon Rainforest

You can wear high top Inkkas shoes with shorts and dresses, with capris and skirts.
You can wear high top Inkkas shoes with shorts and dresses, with capris and skirts.

“Don't just buy a product, buy a small piece of a better world.”

This is Inkkas motto. Just think deeper about its meaning. Because 10% of every Inkkas shoe you buy goes directly to help protect the Amazon, it means that when you buy a pair of Inkkas you are not only enlarging variety of your personal wardrobe, you also help a great cause.

Inkkas sell authentic shoes and when you buy their shoes, which are handmade in South America, you will not only support the cause of the Inkkas shoe company, but also will feel involved in an act of selflessness by giving back.

Besides, I’ve never seen before anything like Inkkas shoes. Inkkas shoes is a true rarity on the market. They are both a bold fashion statement and a way to “buy a small piece of a better world”.

The popularity of Aztec, Incan and other tribal inspired designs is rapidly spreading in the US and Europe and capturing the shoe lovers around the globe. After Inkkas shoes were featured on the popular music television channel FuseTV, they made quite a splash in a fashion world.

Fabrics are bright, colorful and of different shades, which will sure meet expectations of the pickiest fashion experts.

But Inkkas go above just a simple concept of fashion. Dan Ben-Nun, the CEO of Inkkas thinks that the shoes aren’t just a simple fashion statement. He considers that the shoes “are about taking something beautiful and ancient from one culture and blending it with something modern and edgy from another culture.” According to Dan Ben-Nun, a major goal of the Inkkas company is to increase funding and awareness for the Amazon rainforest and its native inhabitants. For us as consumers, it means getting an authentic, rare, above the crowd product.

Inkkas efforts are recognized and appreciated. Atossa Soltani the Founder and Executive Director of AmazonWatch.org sent Inkkas a letter thanking them for donating 10% of the sales to help protect the Amazon rainforest & its inhabitants. It would not be possible without us, consumers who buy products with a cause.

Inkkas shoes are handmade in Peru, but the company's shipping office is in New York to better serve customers in the US and Europe. You can also buy Inkkas shoes on-line, so be sure to check out their website http://www.inkkas.com.

A caption from Inkkas site.
A caption from Inkkas site.

Wearing Inkkas shoes is quite an experience.

Inkkas shoes are very well made, the quality is very high.

Inkkas shoes have a hand-made textile upper. Woven textile is not the best lasting out of doors, but Inkkas shoes are made from a specially treated textile and if you take care of your shoes, they will serve you for many seasons. Inkkas only use very high quality fabrics that are very durable, due to the special mixture of organic and synthetic threads that their artisans use in the production of the textiles.

Inkkas shoes have cushioned midsole and padded lining that adds extra comfort for your feet.

Inkkas shoes have a strong rubber outsole that provides traction on all surfaces. Besides being comfortable, Inkkas shoes attract lots of glances and you are destines to get lots of compliments on them.

Inkkas shoes can be very versatile. You can wear them with capris, shorts, skirts or dresses. Inkkas shoes will look great and elegant with any type of clothes. They look great with high socks, like golf socks. You can wear them with jeans, but jeans should not be too long, I would not cover the beauty of Inkkas shoes with long pants.

You can choose between different designs and patterns. Inkkas shoes are manufactured with high top and low top. You can chose between stripe, diamond zigzag patterns, as well tribal patterns. All patterns come in high top and low top.

Actually, it is extremely hard to make your choice, you just want to have them ALL! I personally like Mango, Mojito and Desert Nomad. But again, I’d like to have them ALL!

Real Textile or Not?

Recently I got involved in a dialogue with a local artisan (see comments), who claims that textile used in Inkkas shoes is not made by real artisans, he says that they are (quote) "more like common converse or vans shoes... artisans don't make such textiles."

After looking for many pictures from Google image search, you can note that textile woven by hand by Andean artisans is thick and more suitable for bags or rugs. This type of textile will not last long outdoors.

I am not sure, but I suppose that textile used for Inkkas shoes is made different technologically to make it durable and also definitely it is thinner.

I took a close picture of my Inkkas Mojito shoe..... Does it look to you like a common Converse or Vans type of shoes? Not really. It looks like woven textile, maybe machine woven textile, but not just canvas.

In any case, I am not advocating the business company ethics or advertising process. I am promoting their shoes. And Inkkas shoes are amazing. Buy and see for yourself!


A close look on Inkkas shoe fabrics

Peru

The Inca and the Aztecs

Inkkas brightly colored shoes feature an endless array of Incan, Aztec and other tribal inspired designs. The Inkkas name was chosen as a tribute to the Inca civilization that dominated the area of present day Peru and Bolivia prior to the arrival of the Spanish. When I learnt about Inkkas shoes, surely enough, I wanted to refresh my school memories about Inca and Aztec. One can find a lot of information over the internet, but here is a bonus of my review, a short historic summary for future Inkkas shoes owners:

The Inca.

The Inca were a tribe around the 12th century. The Inca Empire was centered in Peru and was governing most areas of the west coast of South America from the 1400s to the time of the Spanish arrival in 1532. The Inca empire was not advanced in a sense that they did not have wheels, iron tools, or a writing system, but its government system and system of roads created a society where everyone had a job, a home, and something to eat.

The Inca expanded into a great empire with an estimated population of over 10 million people. Later it was severely weakened by civil war and diseases such as smallpox. In 1533 the Inca were conquered by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro

The Aztecs

The Aztecs were a pagan type of people who practiced human sacrifice and worshiped multiple gods. They came into the Valley of Mexico in the 12th century and quickly rose to become the dominant power in Mesoamerica. They built large pyramids as temples to their gods and used to capture neighbor people whom they sacrificed to their gods.
The Aztecs were at the peak of their power when in 1521 they were destroyed by Hernan Cortes and the Spanish conquistadors. The Spanish built the city of Mexico City on the ruins of the Aztec main city.

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Comments 27 comments

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Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Haven't seen them yet but I will surely buy them. I love ethnic clothes too. Great hub thanks.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Gypsy Willow and thank you for reading and commenting. I myself found out about Inkkas shoes not long ago. I love everything about them, their look, their make, an idea behind them. I am going to buy Inkkas too and then I will add to the hub about my personal experience.


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Vladimir Uhri 3 years ago from HubPages, FB

Great Hub, thank you.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks, Vladimir. You know, Inkkas have kids shoe sizes too.... Just in case if you'd like to buy them for your grandchildren.


Kim 3 years ago

I need to try on shoes, where can I do that?

Thanks,

Kim


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Kim, unless you live in NYC (Inkkas has their shoes displayed in some shops there), the only way to shop is through Inkkas.com or Amazon.com. You can get there through the links provided here. And you can, of course, use other internet options.


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

'Inkkas shoes have a hand-made textile upper. Woven textile is not the best lasting out of doors, but Inkkas shoes are made from a specially treated textile ... Inkkas only use very high quality fabrics that are very durable, due to the special mixture of organic and synthetic threads that their artisans use in the production of the textiles.' so if the textiles are synthetic how can they be 100% original? they look more like common converse or vans shoes... artisans don't make such textiles. The images of artisans and the videos I found are very common and easy to make taking any tour in Pisac, Cusco. This seems scam.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Marcos Huamani , thank you for taking time and reading and commenting. Can you specify, what do you consider a scam? For me, only you look like a scam, with zero hubs, sorry for saying this.

I own 2 pairs of Inkkas shoes (low top and high top) and recently ordered 2 pairs more for my son and his girl friend. Believe me, they are woven, not canvas. My only problem with Inkkas is that the delivery time is very long.... But the shoes are worth waiting for.

100% original means that they are 100% originally made in Peru, not in China, or Indonesia, or Bangladesh etc. Woven textile is a mixture of organic and synthetic threads to make it last longer.


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

This is how actual artisans work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sumitramedia/81089693...

Any tourist can witness the process taking any tour in Cusco:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_KgeVjbllc

Inkkas 'textiles' can't be woven because you just can't do the procedure you see in the picture and the video using fine threads, it's funny because that's what Inkkas claims to do. But I am cusquenian, I think is ok to make sales but not to use name of artisan communities to make money out of them, since most of them live in extreme poverty, my grandmother makes textiles too so I do know. The designs themselves are random, because they do have a meaning in the incan culture. From the video promo is clear is made in a small workshop in Cusco by a bunch of people who live in the city of Cusco, not in an artisan community.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for the video, it was very interesting.

So, what you are saying is that Inkkas corporation people are not telling the truth about the process of making their shoes? Then why don't you write directly ti Inkkas?

To my mind everything is legitimate, as they do mention Cusco. Also they really give 10% of their profit back to the community, just check the real letters of appreciation.

Maybe textile for Inkkas and shoes are not made by YOUR artisan community, but I suppose yours is not the only one.

Inkkas shoes are real, are made from woven textile.

I don't really see the point in your accusation.


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

Yes, they are not being honest.

Which community? The one in their videos? Those are part of tours tourists make to Pisac or The Sacred Valley. You will find tons in Youtube.

No, the point is such textiles are not woven textiles. Impossible.

There are not artisan communities involved but a bunch of people who work in a workshop in Cusco city. The shoes are pretty but to claim to help artisan communities is wrong, why don they get massive or are sold in Lima? because nobody would believe it, because in Peru we wouldn't believe such arguments since we know, conversely other countries.... they just believe Inkkas say.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Inkkas is a comparatively newly established business, just a couple years old and they need time to get massive, and they are expanding fast. The quality of shoes is outstanding, they are not just pretty, they are really well made. What else a buyer needs? Quality first of all.

I contacted their CEO, we'll see what he says.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Marcos Huamani , you last post contained too many links so it was classified as spam by Hubpages. Sorry, it was deleted. But I see what you are trying to say and I understand your frustration. However, it has absolutely nothing to do with shoes and sales. However, I sent an inquiry to CEO of Inkkas, lets see what he says. You are trying to say that the original traditional textile would be too thick for those shoes and textile used for Inkkas shoes is made by another technology. But, still it is produced in Peru. 10% of profit goes to to help protect the Amazon rainforest. This is not a lie.


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

The donations to the rainforest are definitely good. But all related to the artisans are bad indicators... of honesty. The communities they show in the video are not from the rainforest but the highland mountains in Cusco. The indigenous communities in the rainforest are totally different, they don't do textiles since the weather is hot all year, no llamas, no alpacas.

They do say the shoes are made by artisans but are not. It's obviously other technology.

http://oi43.tinypic.com/2qc194p.jpg


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Marcos, I am not advocating Inkkas way of advertising, it is their commercial right. I am promoting their shoes, which are really cool, comfortable, eyecatching.

Every time when I wear Inkkas shoes I get lots of compliments. The material from what shoes are made may be not the traditional thick material, but it is woven (not plain painted canvas), I don't really care what technology was used.

Shoes are cool, comfortable, worth having.


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

Agreed, they are pretty. Comfortable? I guess so. Worth having? up to people, indeed.

Sure, some people may not care the techonology that was used to produce them.

As a peruvian, son of a family of indigenous communities like most peruvians I feel insulted. They use the name of cusquenian communities who live in extreme poverty to make money out of them. They donate money to the rainforest, most rainforest is virgin, communities who make textiles there? none.

This is our culture. That's not being ethical. That's dishonest. That's not fair trade. If those shoes were sold here under such arguments many an institution would ban it.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Marcos, since you are registered on Hubpages, I strongly advise you to start writing here. Read a little bit about how you can publish articles (we call them hubs here) and start writing.

Please, don't feel offended by a company who is making its business. Go above it and tell us about your culture, about your family. I personally would be very interested to read about your communities, your culture, about your grandmother who makes textiles. Show us the life of your community first hand.


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice and I'm aware of all that.

Sorry but I do feel offended.

I hope people who read the comments make their own conclusions now about Inkkas.

They are not made by artisans, I demonstrated it.

They do not support the artisan communities that they show in their videos.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

You know, they say "Holding on to resentment hurts no one but you".


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

Sorry, but I'm not easily led and I don't believe in 'cliches'.

It's not resentment. It's sympathy something you seem not to understand.

It's true all I mentioned above though.

I suggest people to google up if some artisan community of the rainforest makes cusquenian textiles. Funny because Cusco is located in the andes, not in the rainforest.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

My point was not to disagree with you, but to offer you not to feel a victim. Psychology of a victim will not lead you anywhere.

Neither you nor I can regulate or influence advertising process of Inkkas shoes corporation. After all, this business did give jobs to local people, isn't it nice in itself?

I respect your attempt to separate your local artisan textiles, which would be too thick and not practical to manufacture shoes anyway, from Inkkas shoes business.

But having this deep and rich history of art of making textile, why don't you be a victor, instead of a victim and start some chain of business promoting and selling your goods?

By the way, I saw on one website your peers call Cusco, "THE BELLYBUTTON OF THE WORLD AND ARCHEOLOGICAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD". Sorry, this is too much of a local pride.


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

I was searching the web and found a site that sells textile goods like bags and rugs made in Cusco. You are right, this type of authentic textile is not suitable to produce shoes, so Inkkas shoes are definitely made from textile made by different technology, more likely by a machine based technology, not hand made. However, I doubt that Inkkas corporation would assemble shoes in Cusco from material made elsewhere. It would be not practical.

Believe me, I do not try to diminish your input, after all I let you express your frustration on my hub, Only your posts that had too many links were flagged and deleted.


Danny CEO of Inkkas 3 years ago

Hello everyone,

All the textiles we use are made by artisans in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. We buy the textiles directly in local markets in Lima, Cusco, La Paz and Buenos Aires. We bring the textiles to our workshop in Peru, where our artisans make our shoes by hand. Our workshop is a family owned workshop that has been producing these shoes for over 6 years. It is the original workshop that originally created these shoes. We only manufacture in South America and everything we use in our shoes including our laces, our fabrics, our soles, is produced locally in South America. Therefore when you purchase an Inkkas shoe you are not only supporting our workshop, you are also supporting dozens of local businesses all over South America that contribute to our product. That is why we donate to the Amazon rainforest - because our company is about South American as a whole and not specifically just Peru or Cusco. The Amazon rainforest is the lungs of the world and stretches through all of the countries we work in, therefore it gives us great pride to help protect and preserve this important region for all of the people of the world. Inkkas is about sourcing locally and giving back. We stand by our product, our artisans and our ethos. I appreciate everyone's feedback and I wish all of you a great day!

Best,

Danny


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ReuVera 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, Danny. I appreciate you getting back by my request. I am not affiliated with Inkkas company and I have no profit from them.

I am just a regular customer. I just love Inkkas shoes. I own 2 pairs and recently I ordered 2 more- one for my son and one for his girl-friend as gifts.


Marcos Huamani 3 years ago

Hi, Danny.

The textiles showed in the videos can't be made by artisans, the difference s are too obvious even in the videos where you promote them...

http://oi42.tinypic.com/2lsa25e.jpg


Mary 3 months ago

I ordered shoes from them and received the wrong size. I returned and haven't seen them in months, and not a credit either.


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ReuVera 3 months ago from USA Author

Mary, sad to hear this. I would advise you to e-mail them. The contact is on their site. E-mail until you get a response. I personally had very good experience with their customer service.

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