My new shoes are on a mission. I’ve been wearing the Zandile shoe from Terra Plana’s “Soul of Africa” project and they’re so much more than just attractive footwear. That’s because the Soul of Africa shoe helps raise money for South African orphans infected with AIDS. Available in a multitude of styles, these extremely well-constructed shoes are actually handsewn by the women of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. A sort of “Hand Up” project, the women are able to learn a skill, earn a decent living, and help raise money to care for the orphaned children of their community. In return, people who purchase a pair of Soul of Africa shoes not only get the satisfaction of knowing their money has been well spent, they get a fantastic pair of shoes. My Zandile ballet pumps are extremely comfortable and constructed of high quality materials. Soft leather, extremely flexible soles, and sturdystitching can be expected. These shoes are easily as well made as, or better made than, any other leather walking shoe in its price range. In fact, I daresay the $75 for the Zandiles is slightly less than what I’d expect to pay at some more popular walking shoe stores.
Besides the Soul of Africa line, Terra Plana has a great online store filled with ethical shoes. I’m happy to share a discount coupon code with you that you can use for shoes on either Terra Plana or Soul of Africa – free shipping for any shoe you fall in love with. The code is SOAFREESHIP.
Now, how about an opportunity to win your own pair of shoes? Terra Plana is giving away a pair of Soul of Africa Ladies’ Zandile ballet pumps in red or black (retail $75), or a pair of Men’s Thabo shoes in black (retail $95) to one very fortunate shoe lover!
1.) Just visit Soul of Africa and tell me either a shoe you liked or something you learned there. (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.
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