The Inkkas Story
Inkkas is a team of dreamers. Our dream is to wander through the world finding the most beautiful local patterns and designs and working with local artists and artisans to make new clothing come true. Inkkas was born during a backpacking trip to South America in 2012. Danny Ben-Nun, a designer and an avid traveler, was wandering through the alleyways of Cusco, when he discovered a pair shoes made from authentic, local fabrics. The shoes were so beautiful that he knew from the moment he laid eyes on them, that he had to help bring the product to the global market.
The Inkkas company was founded on the principles fair trade, philanthropy and authenticity. In 2013, the Inkkas company launched the OneShoeOneTree™ project to help reforest the world and help local populations in developing countries at the same time.
Inkkas are not just radiant and beautiful, they are also handcrafted and carefully-made by local Peruvian artisans. We would like to share with you a little bit more about the process behind how our beautiful shoes are created so you can understand what makes our shoes so special.
Step 1: Durability
The shoe fabric is taken and attached to a lining made of a thin foam-like material that helps increase the shoe's durability and resistance to water.
Step 2: Cutting
The shoe fabric is cut by hand using a sharp cutting tool around a tracer plate that changes according to size. The fabric is not cut by a traditional knife but rather an electric sharpener is used. The fabric is cut into three pieces, the two side parts (called the body) and the third part for the tongue & point of shoe.
Step 3: Sewing
The three cut pieces are then marked and prepared for sewing and the lace holes (eyelets) are inserted.
Step 4: Lining
The fabric pieces are then taken to the sewing room where "operadores" combine the inner lining with the shoes' 3 body pieces to make the shoe one complete piece of fabric.
Step 5: Laces
During this stage, the artisans cut holes in the fabrics to make room for the eyelets for the shoe laces. Using a pick and hammer, the workers punch the holes out of the material and then insert the small metal cylinder by hand and then insert it permanently with a small machine that ensures the eyelet will stay in place.
Step 6: Soles
After the eyelets are properly inserted into the shoes, they move onto the next stage: Soles. First, a plastic insert is fitted around the fabric and then it is connected with the rubber sole, which is cemented on.
Step 7: Touch Up
Finally, we reach the retouching phase. The shoes are inspected for any defects, any loose strings are cut and the shoes are given a quick clean. An insole is placed inside the shoe and it is then laced and boxed.
Step 8: Shipping them to you!
Now the shoes are ready to ship out and hopefully put a big smile on someone's face!!