Sustainably Chic

The Handmade Maasai Sandal | Bringing Traditional Kenyan Craftsmanship to New Markets

Fashion, Fashion Pt. 2Natalie Kay
sustainable sandals

Laidback London

To say I’m excited to welcome sandal weather back is an understatement. I’ve been wanting this warm weather to arrive more than anything, even being 8 months pregnant. I thrive when my days can be dressed by short dresses and shoes that let my toes loose. I’ve gone through many of sandals in the past, mainly because they haven’t been made particularly well. Most people I know buy sandals for the season and throw them out in the end. This is obviously not how I do my closet so when Laidback London made its way into my life, I felt I had found a sandal I could bring back every year. I believe sustainable fashion is meant to last way more than 30 wears, and that’s something I can get from this gorgeous pair!  

Why I Love Laidback London

The Craftsmanship & Quality: From the beadwork to the sole, these sandals are made to last and wear better with age as the leather softens. Mohamed, the creator of Laidback London, visited Mombasa {an island town along the Kenyan coastline} back in 2001. After several trips from England to Kenya and suitcases full of artisan-made goods he sold at London markets, Mohamed decided to work with them on a full collection using their traditional craftsmanship. He wanted to be able to provide consumers a product with a story and one supporting sustainable livelihoods for the makers behind them. Being they are all handmade, each one is unique. They say, "where the sandals lack in perfection, they make up for in charm and character", and I couldn't agree more! 

The Designs & Versatility: There really is something for every sandal lover. From arrows to flowers, you can find a pair to suit any occasion. The beadwork is just unbelievably beautiful, and really gives this brand something unique to hold on to. They have a few different styles depending on how you like to wear them - you have the choice between wrap-arounds, traditional flip-flop and double-strapped. When the weather becomes a little cooler again {or for my friends who live down-under}, Laidback London has a great selection of boots that look incredibly cozy! They even has an accessory line featuring beaded belts and bags. Oh & I can’t not mention their coolest fan ever… Beyonce! So yeah, if you get a pair of their sandals, you’re playing twinsies with one amazing woman. 

What I’m Wearing

Bree Flat Mid Brown Metal Copper / Green Sandal: I must admit, I had difficulty picking out my favorite pair of sandals from their site. The beadwork is stunning on each, and you can easily get lost with heart eyes in the many designs they offer. I have to say I’m partial to anything ‘leaf’ related so when I saw this pair, the decision was made in an instant! 

*note: It did take me a few wears to break them in to fit my foot comfortably. They are so incredibly well-made with high quality leather that they are meant to fit and wear well with you over time!* 

Where to Purchase

You can find Laidback London’s entire collection online - here - & don’t forget to stay up-to-date with new products on Instagram {they have a lovely account so I highly suggest following}! 

Sustainably Supported by Laidback London. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored