Shoes tell a story too // Fortress of Inca

 All photos by:  Seleste Paige Photography

Oddly enough, before making the switch to slow fashion I didn't think much about shoes. They were just something I wore and I probably had max 4 pairs of shoes. Maybe it's the fact that now I know each pair has a story and great talent behind them, I don't know, but I have a new appreciation for them and the work that goes into making each pair. 

 Pictured: the Adra

Pictured: the Adra

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Fortress of Inca began after founder, Evan Streusand, was inspired by Peruvian boots during a trip to South America. He wanted to bring the unique designs and incredible craftsmanship to the United States and brought them to Austin, TX in 2004. All shoes are handmade by fairly paid artisans in small factories that are either family owned or owned by women. Fortress of Inca ensures that working conditions are safe and the people who make your shoes are being paid fairly, because the lives of people are just as important as the finished product! 

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This is my first pair of shoes from Fortress of Inca and I can already tell they won't be my last. They are so comfortable and perfect, I just don't want to take them off. When I was shopping for a new flat, I wanted to add something unlike anything else in my closet and these were perfect to fill that void. The leather stretched in the best way and after just a handful of wears have a perfect worn in feel. The steel gray is sold down in most sizes and the caramel and black are going fast, but you can still shop them online. I can't wait to visit their brick + mortar next time I'm back home in Austin and I know they're going to have some new styles coming soon!

They were so nice to also offer up a little bonus for y'all! You can use the code 'PURPOSEFUL15' at checkout and receive 15% off your purchase on their website

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Note: I was not compensated for this post, I just believe in this brand. All thoughts, opinions, and photos are my own. Thank you guys for reading and helping to spread the word about ethical fashion!