This month, SAWA Shoes launches around the world. Touted as the first sneakers produced entirely in Africa from all African-made materials, they're crafted by local cobblers in Cameroon. The company is hoping to lay the foundation for a sustainable economy by exporting finished products from the continent, as opposed to simply producing raw materials that are finished in more developed countries. A noble goal, indeed, but even if they weren't doing such good, the shoes alone are worth a look. Influenced by the omnipresence of second hand clothes in the Africa, the simple design will look as good with a pair of plaid shorts as they will with a summer suit. Which may explain why such influential retailers as Comme des Garçons, WoodWood and Dover Street Market have all placed orders.
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