Self-assembly footwear eliminates sweatshop labour
There’s one way to be sure your new trainers aren’t being made by underpaid and over-worked labourers, toiling under unsafe, unhealthy conditions. Make them yourself.
That’s the idea behind Korean brand KI ecobe – a completely modular kind of footwear that lets customers design their own shoes and put the end product together themselves. In simple terms, it’s the flat pack of footwear.
Everything starts online. Customers design their shoes by selecting and combining various components: boots, straps, shoelaces and outsoles – a possible 10,125 permutations. These are then dispatched for assembly at home.
Cool shoes. No sweat.