Many shoes in one

A SELF-ASSEMBLED FOOTWEAR HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO SAVE TIME AND LABOUR 

Ki Ecobe which will only be launched on the completion of the kickstarter project which is $20,023 gone on $30,000. It is a "KI ecobe is a self-assembled modular shoe that uses no toxic adhesives. The end user assembles the shoe making the manufacturing process much less labor intensive." 

KI ecobe allows the consumer to express his or her character by selecting materials and colors and custom building their own shoe on our online store.

With 10,125 shoe combinations with straps, boots, out-soles & in-soles, laces and an easily washable feature with the machine and being able to convert from shoe to slippers in an instant; KI ecobe is selling more than just the dreams of being able to wear one shoe in so many ways but with ease and comfort.

Fashion births social change

ADIDAS IN COLLABORATION WITH PARLEY HAVE ANNOUNCED A SHOE LINE TO HELP STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF OCEANS AROUND THE WORLD.

Finally fashion is being aimed at something other than vanity, the safety of our environment; it is by this that Adidas partnered with Parley under the mission tag "Parley for the oceans" to help stop the destruction of world's oceans. 

Parley for the Oceans addresses major threats towards our oceans, the most important ecosystem of our planet. "We believe the power for change lies in the hands of the consumer – given he has a choice – and the power to shape this new consumer mindset lies in the hands of the creative industries."Parley was created to accelerate a process of change that is already in progress. No other big movement in the history of humankind has developed faster than the environmental cause. They are ensuring to meet the ultimate deadline and turn the ship around before we lose a treasure we have only just started to explore and still don’t fully understand: the fantastic blue universe beneath us.

We are already recovering marine debris and stopping plastic before it gets to the oceans. We are working with Parley to transform marine plastic pollution into high performance sportswear, spinning the problem into a solution, the threat into a thread.
— #ADIDASPARLEY

Available from the 10th of may, the collaboration birthed the maldives inspired parley ultraboost collection is a go, recycling approximately 11 plastic bottles per pair, so when you wear a pair of shoes from this collection, you are also wearing 11 plastic bottles, lol. Visit the site here and view what's in stock while you anticipate and make plans to shop and save the ocean simultaneously.

Heels For Babies?

PENNSYLVANIA BASED COMPANY HAS INTRODUCED A NEW LINE OF CHILDREN HEELS, THE QUESTIONS IS WHY?

Even I as an adult would not wear heels unless it is an event that calls for proper dress up, and even then, I have a back-up slippers in my bag. Babies hate shoes or any clothing really, as they constantly throw fits and tantrums until it hopefully comes off. So why heels? Why rush their growth process? Letting them play in their mom's over-sized pumps is cute not having them tap their shoes at you impatiently.

This Pennsylvania-based company, Pee Wee Pumps, started selling high-heeled shoes for infants in 2014 touting that "they're just like mom's favorite pair of pumps only in a miniature size." The shoes, which retail for $10, come in a variety of colors (including leopard and zebra print) and cutesy names, like "Diva" or "Pretty in Pink."

I have several concerns, Is it safe, does it have a grip against falling, how will the soft feet survive if the material is not proper and breathable? 

Pee Wee Pumps founder Michele Holbrook was quick to respond to concerns that the shoes may be unsafe "The shoes are actually made of cotton. They're a soft-soled shoe ... they're actually nothing more than a slipper." She also explained that the heel collapses so that there's no danger to the baby's foot. The company only makes them for babies younger than 6 months old because they're not intended to be worn by any child of walking age. While the backlash has been strong, other parents say they understand Holbrook's initial intention. "They are absolutely adorable," wrote one reviewer on Amazon. "They are made very well and the case they came in added to it."

While the creator thinks it is just for fun and a totally adorable idea; I think it is unneccessary, let a child be a child.

Africa's First Smart Shoe Line

FROM THE MAKERS OF URBAN SNEAKER BRAND, KEEXS, COMES A SMART SHOE WITH BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY

Quite similar to the limited edition of Pizza hut's shoes that help you place your order for pizza by yanking on the "tongue" of the shoe, further employing Bluetooth connectivity and geolocation to deliver the pizza. With technology permeating deep into our everyday lives, Babajide Ipaye, Owner of Keexs, has a plan to assemble the first smart shoe in Africa with a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone and mobile devices – which has the ability to help visually impaired users and athletes.

About Keexs, it is the first Innovative and Social Oriented Footwear Brand in Africa, with a mission to pioneer innovation in footwear, bring exciting designs to life and empower communities through social oriented projects. With a fist bump logo and brand colours as red and black, they say this is why you should get a pair of keexs: 

1. Our designs will make you cool and stand out from the crowd.
2. You are contributing towards poverty alleviation.
3. Each product has a story that will inspire you.

We the citizens need to take more individual and collective initiatives towards correcting some of our social issues (Economy & society) rather than sitting around complaining and waiting for our leaders to solve everything
— Jide Ipaye, 2015

Great Job Keexs, from launching a kickstarter campaign to get the business of the ground and now creating a much needed synergy between fashion and technology to solve real life societal issues.

Brand Spotlight: Hunter&co

LET'S TAKE A FIRST LOOK AT  HUNTER&CO, A LOAFER LINE AND NIGERIAN BRAND 

LOAFERS BY HUNTER&CO

LOAFERS BY HUNTER&CO

The Hunter & co footwear brand, an offshoot of the Bandit urban clothing company launched in January 2015 with the sole aim of creating a footwear brand that grows out of Nigeria to take over the world while providing value to our target market. The owners of the brand, Hunter & co Loafers, projects momentum in the footwear industry with the intoduction of this product before they release a variety of leather products for both male and female consumers

LOAFERS BY HUNTER&CO

LOAFERS BY HUNTER&CO

Our products are made internationally because we have an eye on the global market, produced with the latest cutting edge technology and best raw materials available
@ thebanditco   and Instagram –@  thebanditco_ng

@thebanditco and Instagram –@ thebanditco_ng

The Loafers which come in four colours (brown, two shades of blue & black) and are available in sizes 42-45, are made of a suede upper, extra thick insoles for comfort and TPR outsoles for durability to make up a long lasting shoe that’s ideal for the Nigerian environment

Read the excerpt of an interview with the Creative Director, Dele Akintola, by Museorigins.net

What is Hunter&co about?

My vision for Hunter&co is simple and concise: to be a shoe brand that can be sold in any shoe store globally. It’s for this very reason that we outsource production to our Italian manufacturers using the very best materials and cutting edge technology in production to ensure comfort and durability. Our message to our target market is that we will be here with you every step of the way literally LOL!

What inspired you to start the Hunter&co loafer line?

What inspired me to start Hunter&Co? Well, I like shoes and I wanted a shoe that was built for Nigeria. But we had to modify our (design) thrice to ensure its durability and comfort. Besides, Hunter&co is not a loafers brand. We started with loafers because we guys can pair loafers with almost everything from trads to shorts and everything in between. We are going to introduce a wide range of products over time. Just know every time you purchase any Hunter&co shoe, you are buying a shoe that was designed for you.

What is your interpretation of the market for indigenous shoe fashion lines in Nigeria?

I believe there’s a market for indigenous shoe brands because so far we have done good, but we can do better. And to be absolutely honest, we do not present and package Hunter&co as an indigenous shoe brand because we have eyes for the international community.

But the buyers that eventually find out Hunter&co is an indigenous brand usually call to commend us because of our international standards. Yes there are competitors, but I personally believe there’s a market for everyone so we have no worries.

Read more here