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Inkkas Shoes, My Love at First Sight
My Inkkas Arrived!!!!!
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.
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
“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.
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
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 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 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.