The 30-day campaign is set to raise $100,000 to produce a limited edition of SAN-dals in Namibia, in an effort to help revive the ancient bushman craft, support the local community and bring traditional bushman sandals to the U.S. and global consumers. Finished product will begin to ship in June.
“The human foot has all the technology needed to survive and thrive,” said Galahad Clark, Vivobarefoot founder in a statement. “Vivobarefoot embraces the ancient wisdom that humans are meant to move barefoot, while applying modern technology to create innovative and truly revolutionary footwear. With the design and barefoot technology behind the SAN-dals complete, we’re turning to the Kickstarter community to help create a sustainable grassroots enterprise where the profits will be invested directly back into the local community in Namibia.”
Pledge levels range from $15 to $7,200, with all profits to be reinvested back into the local Namibian community to maintain the village, purchase staple foods and create a famine fund for drought years.
A limited quantity of sandals have been made as part of the first batch and are now being worn by locals in the Nyea Nyea conservation area of North West Namibia. SAN-dal pre-orders start at $150. Other price levels include embellished sandals, jewelry and more. The $5,000 level of investment offers a six-day trip to Namibia.