Sustainable shoes and well-crafted workshops, made in Bethnal Green
Shoes! Don’t you just love a new pair of shoes? But sustainable choices can be slim, that’s why we’re very excited about Juta Shoes. Purchasing a pair of stylish sandals needn’t cost the earth, literally, and can help your local community.
Based in Bethnal Green at The Create Place, a non-profit community arts space, Juta Shoes is an award-winning social enterprise that empowers local women who face barriers to work, by offering them training and flexible, fairly-paid work making handcrafted shoes and teaching craft workshops.
Shoes You Feel Good In
Each pair of Juta’s espadrille shoes, sandals, slippers and slides are handmade to order from reclaimed or vegan leather that has been upcycled from local factory offcuts that would otherwise be sent to landfill, and eco-friendly jute soles. Colours are customisable and with a great range to choose from.
You can even give Juta Shoes fabric of your own to use for their tie back style. Simply select “Use My Own” and they’ll send you a postage label so you can send them your fabric to upcycle. A cotton material is perfect: denim, light canvas, or a men’s dress shirt cloth.
All shoes are hand-made to order in East London, and ship within 10 days. You can also pick up from their studio in Bethnal Green – just leave them a note. Each purchase provides well-paid, meaningful work for women who face barriers to employment.
Juta Shoes also run shoemaking and other craft workshops at their studio in Bethnal Green, where you can design and make your own shoes with guidance from their makers. No experience is necessary, and everyone walks out with a brand-new pair of bespoke shoes.
Supporting local women into work
Juta Shoes was set up by Sabeha Miah, who has led women’s community projects at St Hilda’s East Community Centre for more than 12 years, and Joanna Hamer, a fellow of the Year Here social impact programme. Its mission is to reduce social and economic exclusion caused by lack of access to fairly-paid work. In Tower Hamlets, over a quarter of residents are unemployed or underemployed, and this figure is even higher among BME women.
If you are a local woman who is unemployed or on a low income and you face barriers to work, such as a lack of previous work experience, low qualifications, English as a second language, or childcare or other caring responsibilities that make it difficult to find work, you can find out more about becoming a maker with Juta Shoes on their website.
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