Thursday, June 8, 2023

Made With Pride: African Handmade Shoes

It’s almost that time. Spring has struck and Summer is just around the corner. As you break out the printed shorts and lightweight jackets, don’t forget about what’s gracing your feet. Some say it’s the thing people veer to first to distinguish an individual’s monetary value, but to us, shoes should tell a story of pride with a dash of personal taste.

Brands like ENZI hold that notion to heart. Based out of Ethiopia, long time friends Sam Imende, Azariah Mengistu, Jawad Braye and Christian Ward created the high-end footwear brand to do just that. Established under a commitment to providing exceptional production, design and materials, ENZI maintains their social and environmental responsibility through sourcing materials and employing craftsmen within the continent of Africa.

From a tiny workshop, to the feet of the world, ENZI set out to change the perception of Africa through the production of high quality, well-crafted footwear.

Take a look at ENZI’s top handcrafted sneakers made in Africa:

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Deconstructed with a fresh take on a classic mid-cut, ENZI’s ‘Nkrumahs’ black sneakers bring the quality craftsmanship of Ethiopia to the streets of New York. Drenched in a black wash, the premium full grain leather shoes are ideal for nighttime casual looks and perfect to pair with skinnies topped with a leather jacket. Take these kicks into daytime with a slim woven pant and collar shirt for the workplace or out to lunch with clients.


The most natural neutrals will always go to our tans, caramels and browns. These colors can be woven into just about any style for a grounded choice of accent. Made in Ethiopia, ENZI’s ‘Lumumbas’ brown sneakers blur the lines of contrast with its combination of exceptional leather and supple suede. Opt to take these out for Spring or Summer, and pull off vibrant print looks down to a swank short set. Mid-cut with hand-guided stitching, these caramel camels will be a sweet serenade to your feet.


Oxblood in Spring anyone? We’ll take it! Truth is, this dreamy deep color is a sight to see any time of the year. Bring your nights in the right way by copping a pair of ENZI’s ‘Nkrumahs’ burgundy sneakers. Undeniably sleek and crafted in quality full grain leather, the mid-rise walkers are made with pride in Ethiopia. Pair them with jagged denim and a crisp dress shirt to let your personal style shine through.


Expertly crafted in Ethiopia, ENZI’s ‘Lumumbas’ black sneakers call for attention in any setting. Classically low cut, a sporty silhouette blankets the shoe with prime full grain leather and soft suede insets. Make these your signature kicks when you pair them with your favorite athleisure wear or koi handsome looks. Head off to a casual weekend getaway or to your local block party in these all-occasion steppers.


Designed to look as flawless as they feel, ENZI’s ‘Nkrumahs’ brown sneakers are skillfully made in Ethiopia and wrapped in nimble premium full grain leather. Trimmed with a light hand-stitching, these sweet butterscotch mid-kicks are equipped with optimum construction and style. Show them off in full effect in cuffed jeans, a knitted golf shirt and top with a traditional hat.


Ride low and lush in ENZI’s ‘Lumumbas’ burgundy sneakers. Created and handcrafted in Ethiopia, these robust low-riders are made from tactile suede and fine leather. Obscuring the lines of minimalistic yet street-ready, these shoes are the perfect contrast to an all-sleek look. Try them with a clean jean and daring print shirt for style on-the-go.

This blog was originally published at African luxury brands.



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