Remember the debate scene in Billy Madison, where Billy chooses the category of “business ethics” for his opponent, sending the weasel into a blind rage?
Well if the founders from Nisolo — one of our favorite players in the direct-to-consumer shoe game — would have been presented with the category, we’re pretty sure they would have answered with aplomb.
Not only does Nisolo make a damn handsome pair of chukkas, but they do so using ethical practices to form the foundation of their business. They source all their leather from tanneries committed to the ethical treatment of animals, and themselves ethically treat their overseas shoemakers in Peru, Mexico and Kenya fairly, ensuring they receive healthcare, way-above-average trade wages and many more resources.
And the further double down on their altruistic bent, Nisolo recently partnered with non-profit Soles4Souls to launch the Shoe Reclamation Project, which provides used shoes to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries for them to clean, repair and resell in their local communities.
What that means is that you can send in old shoes (all styles and conditions) to Nisolo and receive a $30 discount for each pair you send in. And lucky for you, they’ve recently stocked up on some classics. Here’s what we recommend:
The Alejandro Woven Slip-On
This shoe apparently had a waitlist for the restock of more than 500 people, and for good reason. They’re made from super soft vegetable-tanned leather with a comfy footbed, making them the ideal shoe to pack on any tropical jetsetting you have in your future.
The Diego Low Top Sneaker
Available in “Bone” or “Tobacco” colorways, the Diego features a Vibram sole perfect for hard walking. Nisolo also includes two different style laces with every pair of sneakers, allowing versatility in styling. If you’re more of a mid-top sneaker guy, go with The Cortez.
Luca Chukka Boot
Handmade in Peru, these boots will pair with anything this side of shorts and sweatpants, from a suit to chinos to denim. And the stacked leather heel adds an element of sophistication.
Speaking of discounts, this Goodyear welted boot is currently on offer for $103, which is a 60% discount off full retail. Get this in preparation for fall weather and/or looking like a handsome son of a gun
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