The Ophelia

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Ethically made using upcycled tires and locally sourced leather

For feet who love to be free and stay classy. On trend, yet always classic.

With two thick straps of leather, this leather slide sandal is a tribute to those of us who like to feel confident no matter where we are.

More product details below. Price includes shipping. 

The Details

Made of locally sourced leather
Handcut, upcycled tire soles
No break-in period "aka" instant comfort
Super cushy foam core mid-sole
handmade leather footbed
Slightly raised heel for extra impact absorption

Christal (co-founder and CEO) had been working and learning from a local community of garbage dump workers on the north coast of Dominican Republic.

Every day she worked at that dump was an adventure in laughter, connection, and the hard truths about our shared humanity. There were, however, also a heartbreaking amount of tires. They were a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases and they were a toxic nightmare.

She came up with the idea to use tires for soles on beautiful hand made shoes - and create a way to help the most vulnerable people in the process.

 

Christal and Florence are co founders of Brave Soles.
As their founder and chief optimist, Christal admits that her life has been stranger than fiction. Originally from a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, she now calls both Toronto and Cabarete, D.R. home.

From starting a global charity in 2000 to living between two countries since 2010 because of an international immigration situation gone sideways, she has kind of done it all. Christal is a writer, a professional speaker and an unshakeable believer in social change.

Flo, as they like to call her, is the mastermind behind our global logistics. Flo has an extensive background in online retail. Not only is she an avid online shopper (!) but she has worked in internet startups for much of her career. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she now lives in the Dominican Republic on a farm with her husband Tommy and Ljana, the two loves of her life. She also loves to wake up and greet the day saying hi to her chickens, her donkey and her various critters around her property..

Brave Soles is female owned, ethically produced and globally inspired.

Every tire sole is hand cut and shaped to make these sustainable sandals. They are then sent to the workshop where the shoes are assembled using leather sourced from an eco-responsible certified tannery.

The sustainable footwear and eco conscious bags are all made in the Dominican Republic.

Shop Brave Soles products here

Learn more about our values here.

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Beautiful-looking sandals with a wonderful story behind

I bought one with caramel colour to match with my spring/summer outfits. It fits true to size. I can't wait for spring to come so that I can wear it with my jeans and sundresses. I love that it is ethically made with upcycled tires. It not only is beautiful-looking but also has a wonderful story behind it!

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Oh So Comfortable

Bought the Ophelia sandal in black. Love the story behind the shoe and was excited to receive it. I was not disappointed. The sandal is great quality and so comfortable. I found I would start to put on another sandal only to take it off and wear the Ophelia.
I loved the black sandal so much that I ordered the brown.
The black sandal is now 3 years old and still looks new. How many other pair of shoes can you say that about?!!!


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Beautiful-looking sandals with a wonderful story behind

I bought one with caramel colour to match with my spring/summer outfits. It fits true to size. I can't wait for spring to come so that I can wear it with my jeans and sundresses. I love that it is ethically made with upcycled tires. It not only is beautiful-looking but also has a wonderful story behind it!

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Oh So Comfortable

Bought the Ophelia sandal in black. Love the story behind the shoe and was excited to receive it. I was not disappointed. The sandal is great quality and so comfortable. I found I would start to put on another sandal only to take it off and wear the Ophelia.
I loved the black sandal so much that I ordered the brown.
The black sandal is now 3 years old and still looks new. How many other pair of shoes can you say that about?!!!