The materials used in Maasai Treads products are consciously sourced. Our soles come from rejected car tyres and inner tubes. These are rejected because of the slightest imperfection. After all, a tyre has to be flawless to make it onto your car.
For us, well, lets just say, it’s the perfect situation. we then transform them into fashionable and functional footwear. Our workshops use crafting methods that are unique to Maasai Treads. Each pair of sandals and shoes are hand-made with love and created with the utmost care. We also buy previously owned leather, denim and any material we think will make a “sexy” piece of footwear. We send our crews out to Kenya’s bustling “Mitumba” markets, to find the funkiest colours, designs and material. At the end of the day, it may be a long time before you “need” another pair, but when you do, we want it to be Maasai Treads.
A Bit of History…
Maasai Treads was established in August 2005, and over the years has grown into a company that creates not just footwear, but a livelihood for those who are part of the process. Yes, our mission was to create an incredible and unforgettable product, but we didn’t want to just make sandals. We wanted to make a difference. We started with one artisan. A young man whom we recruited from one of the local markets (Karikor). We were making between ten and fifteen pairs of sandals each week; each pair carefully designed by hand, the way a Maasai would make his Akala sandals. Currently we have hired 12 men and women mainly from Karikor market.
The Maasai Treads brand of footwear has evolved from sandals which have been hand-made in Kenya (since the tyre reached our shores) from old and rejected car tyres and inner tubes. We also recycle old leather jackets for our leather recycled range. Over the centuries, the Maasai tribe developed the craft of sandal making using cow hide, a sandal called an Alwala. In the last few decades, the protection of wild animals against poaching and unnatural death has seen the Maasai move from using animal hide to using recycled tyre treads. Maasai Treads products embrace all the traditions of these craftsmen, offering 100 years of Maasai tradition in one shoe! Our now specially skilled craftsmen have been making these sandals for generations and take pride in their handywork.