soleRebels: Roots. Culture. Tires. (Review & Giveaway)

 When I first stumbled upon soleRebels shoes, I was immediately drawn to their funky patterns and recycled tire (yes, CAR tire!) soles.  But, the more correspondence I had and the more research I did on the company – the cooler it got.  SoleRebels began in 2004 and is based out of Ethiopia.  The founder is a truly wonderful woman, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, who has been recognized internationally for her efforts to bring jobs to her local community and reinvigorate their local economy.

In addition to the innovative use of tire waste, the upper portion of the shoes are made of a variety of sustainable materials includes hand-spun organic fabrics and pure abyssinian jute.  The methods of construction and materials used are time-honored and traditional to the culture and history.

Jacob has a fun pair of the slip-on shoes with leather uppers.  They are perfect for a quick run outside to the coop, but also accessorize a drab outfit with their colorful stripes.  The soles are so durable and there has been absolutely no tread wear after months of use.  I love that the company is taking a material that many would consider throw-away garbage and turning it into a usable part of an everyday item.

The pride and dedication that Bethlehem has for her community and the individuals involved with soleRebels is admirable and applicable on a big scale.  Shoes from a small community in Ethiopia are reaching people all around the world.

In Bethlehem’s own words: “soleRebels is an innovative and ethical company committed to creating world class footwear and apparel products, great community  based jobs while utilizing the immense, diverse, sustainable and eco-sensible materials and cultural arts of Ethiopia that are by their very nature “GREEN” and have always been.

Kudos to soleRebels!

 

Where to buy? Check out soleRebel’s US distributor’s website: www.endless.com and/or soleRebel’s website for more locations.  

Looking to get your feet into a comfy pair of soleRebels?  Well, you came to the right place.  We’ve got a giveaway on our hands!

One REALLY {!!} lucky Sacred Bee Blog reader will win:

  • A pair of soleRebels shoes – your choice!!
  • A “Walk-Naked” T-shirt from soleRebels

Interested in entering the giveaway? Comment on this post and tell me: How many shoes do you own?

Want additional entries? You must follow these directions and tell me about them via a comment on this post. Each of these options is available for one single entry per giveaway, not per day.

  • Subscribe via email (three total entries for becoming or being a current subscriber via email!)
  • Subscribe via a reader
  • Bonus Question (good for three additional entries): How did soleRebels begin? Hint: Click this link to find the answer.
  • Link the Sacred Bee’s Blog to your website (you must send me the link or a screen shot via a comment on this post)
  • Link the Sacred Bee’s Blog to your Facebook page (you must send me the link or a screen shot via a comment on this post)
  • Grab the Sacred Bee’s Button and add it to your blogroll or website
  • Follow @sacredbee on Twitter and retweet this giveaway. Notify me of the retweet using a comment on this post. Only one entry per single retweet each day.

Winners will be drawn on Thursday, April 21st at 8:00pm PST.

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32 Responses to soleRebels: Roots. Culture. Tires. (Review & Giveaway)

  1. Angela Bradish says:

    Oh, man … I own way too many shoes … I’m not even sure of the exact number. I LOVE SHOES!!! 🙂

  2. Cathi Kosanovic says:

    I own 40 pair of shoes…addicted to Mary Janes . I have a pair of Birkenstocks that I paid $70.00 in 1970..have had to resole but the uppers are still good.

    so, enter me in this give away…and this time I hope to win. xoxo Beckett and babyFerry2.

  3. Barb says:

    Unique looking shoes!! Cute…

  4. RG says:

    I own 5 pairs of shoes. To some that is a lot, to some not so much. To me, just about right.

  5. Catherine says:

    I own 5 pairs of shoes, only 3 of which I really wear a lot. Would love to try these.

  6. Catherine says:

    I am a current e-mail subscriber.

  7. Catherine says:

    I’m also subscribed in Google Reader.

  8. Catherine says:

    soleRebels began as an idea to bring jobs to a community in Ethiopia where there were none. They chose shoes because they could source everything locally and use their artistry.

  9. Virginia says:

    I have ten! But seems I wear the same three all the time. But it’s starting to feel like sandals weather! 😀

  10. debbie m says:

    i think i own 25 pairs of shoes

  11. debbie m says:

    email subscriber entry #1

  12. debbie m says:

    email subscriber entry #2

  13. debbie m says:

    email subscriber entry #3

  14. debbie m says:

    sole rebel started out:
    soleRebels began in 2004 as an idea: to bring jobs to our community, Zenabwork , a small village in addis ababa , ethiopia, a place where there literally were none

  15. debbie m says:

    entry #3 email subscriber

  16. carovee says:

    I have about 25 pairs but I only wear maybe 5 – two are business dressy, two are for exercise/gardening and one is dress up dressy. I love the look of the red lace up shoes on SoleRebels website.

  17. Tara E says:

    ooh… too many! about 25?

  18. Tara E says:

    soleRebels started out as an idea to bring jobs to a community in Ethiopia where there were none.

  19. Kimberlee Cruz says:

    I have 14 pairs of shoes and try to rotate them on a regular basis!
    I also subscribe via e-mail.

  20. Kimberlee Cruz says:

    email #2

  21. Kimberlee Cruz says:

    email #3

  22. Kimberlee Cruz says:

    soleRebels began in 2004 as an idea: to bring jobs to our community, Zenabwork , a small village in addis ababa , ethiopia, a place where there literally were none

  23. Kimberlee Cruz says:

    I tweeted this @kimberleecruz

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