We recently launched a new T-strap sandal in collaboration with The Giving Keys, and it’s something we at Team Sseko are super excited about. The Giving Keys is an LA-based organization that employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Our T-Strap + their Giving Key on our interchangeable accent is a powerful combination.
From the stamping of the keys with the word ‘DREAM’ to the hand-stitched beading, these sandals require supreme craftsmanship…and we could not be more thankful to the women (and men, in this case!) who work meticulously to bring the design to life. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at how the Giving Key sandals are made!
The leather bases (soles and uppers) are first cut and assembled by our women in Uganda.
Below, Auntie Matilda pairs sandal heels.
The keys, meanwhile, are hand-cut in LA. Each Giving Key is carefully stamped with a single word of inspiration; in this case, that word is ‘DREAM.’
Our women carefully sew the keys onto our leather accent pieces.
And stitch on the many tiny beads that bring a pop of color to the design.
The accents are coupled with the T-strap bases and then shipped to our distribution facility in Kansas City — not long before making their way on to your feet!