By now you’ve probably heard of TOMS shoes, the slip-on flats that rocketed to fame thanks to their heart-warming one for one (or buy one give one) model. For every pair of TOMS you buy, they donate a pair to a child in need.
This model has been so wildly successful that it’s been adopted -- and adapted -- by other social entrepreneurs. This cluster of shoe brands with soul gives you a peak into the world of social enterprise footwear, featuring socially conscious brands like Twins for Peace, GROOBS, Oliberte Premium, SAWA sneakers, Sseko designs, Roma Provisions, soleRebels and of course, TOMS.
We opted not to include one-time charitable collections or limited editions that benefit a cause. All the footwear companies featured here have giving built right into the sole of their businesses.
TOMS, Twins for Peace, Oliberte, Sseko, GROOBS and More
17 Genderless Fashion Lines
From Gender Neutral Sustainable Fashion to Unisex Carbon-Neutral Boots
Poverty Alleviation Footwear
Oliberte Strives to Build a Middle Class in Africa
Buy Shoes, Give Back
When You Purchase 'TWINS for Peace' You Give a Pair to a Child in Need
SAWA's Classic Shoes Strike a Balance Between Style and Substance
Edgy Fashion Co-Ops
Fair Trade 'Of Rags' Combines NYC Style with Ghanaian Fashion
Soulful Wedding Sandals
Sseko Designs Help Women in Uganda Earn Money for University
Worn Leather Loafers
The Oliberte MAGADO and NAVIRO Shoes are Made in Ethiopia
Worker-Focused Shoe Companies
'soleRebels' was Founded to Create Jobs in Ethiopian Communities
12 TOMS Innovations
From Chic Charitable Shoes to Bearded Botas Kicks