Shoes are incredibly difficult for me to find. First, my feet are larger than average, 10.5 to be exact, a size that most American brands don’t even make, meaning thrifting is pretty much out of the question. I’ve gotten lucky a couple times, but it’s rare. So that leaves buying new. But of course there is still the problem of fit, plus comfort, ascetically pleasing AND ethically made. I’ve never been able to find my perfect shoe, until the CANO shoe.
The company created an app that lets you see the actual people who made your specific shoe. The sole of the right shoe comes with a NFC-tag that stores all the supply chain data of your CANO shoes. Just scan your right shoe and you can see the the entire supply chain, from the leather suppliers to the artisans weavers. It’s the most transparent supply chain I’ve ever seen and it truly raises the bar for ethical fashion.
CANO makes several different styles, my personal favorite is the Huaraches — they’re breathable enough for summer and versatile enough to dress up or down. They also make some beautiful slip on sandals and mules, plus are coming out with boots later in the year.
I’ve worn my CANOs to work several times, but wanted to wear them to the park where I often take my toddler to see how they would hold up to some play. I was worried that I might get blisters, but no! These shoes actually get more comfortable every time I wear them. The weaved leather molds to your feet. TIP: If you’re in between sizes like me, size down because the shoes will stretch.
After the park, my shoes were a little dirty so I simply wiped them with a damp cloth and good as new. The site also has a whole section on how to properly care for your Huaraches, which I really appreciate since I plan on wearing these shoes for years and years.
CANO is a new and small company, so if you’re looking for some new shoes please go check them out. I have so much respect for their vision to reconnect consumers with artisans.
P.S. Make sure to sign up for their mailing list to get 10% off your first pair of CANO shoes.
Photos by Stephanie Kropp.