Ballet Pumps by Nisolo
USA & UK
Suede Ballet Pumps With Slight Wedge Heel – $114
These shoes are a beautiful take on the classic ballet flat with a slight ¾-inch wedge heel. They are lined with a soft leather, and come in a variety of different coloured suedes, but we love this cranberry red shade.
Nisolo (which means 'not alone') was founded in 2011 to help revitalise the shoe industry in Trujillo, Peru by providing skilled workers with consistent work and access to the global marketplace. Nisolo is based in Nashville, USA, and currently employs over 50 people here and in their workshop in Peru. Their designs are beautiful, simple, modern, and classic all at once, excellent quality that is made to last and at a reasonable price. Transparency is at the heart of what Nisolo does, and their goal is to facilitate a healthy connection between consumers and producers that is very rare to find with most normal high street brands.
Because all of their shoes are made at their own workshop in Trujillo, Peru, the supply chain is short and transparent and you can be sure that there are no abuses occurring. Nisolo say that they operate a hand-up model that empowers makers in an emerging economy, paying them above fair trade wages (resulting in an average income increase of around 300%) in a stable, consistent job with safe working conditions and skills training.
These shoes were hand made by leatherwork and shoe making experts at Nisolo’s own workshop in Trujillo, Peru.