Humble Hilo – sweet shoes with a social mission for mums and kids

Humble Hilo is helping to feed hungry children and teach women to read, one darling pair of sandals at a time.

Humble Hilo closed toe sandals

A venture that mixes fashion with philanthropy, Humble Hilo’s sandals, bags and children’s clothes are made by Guatemalan artisans living in remote parts of the country. Founded by Lauren and Erica, a pair of mums who have spent almost a decade working for not-for-profits in Guatemala, Humble Hilo aims to give back to Guatemalan communities by supporting the local economy.

Humble Hilo woman

It goes like this: each time you buy something, you’re given a choice of humanitarian projects to support. Proceeds from your purchase can help feed a malnourished child for four days, give a micro-loan to a woman or provide her with three weeks of literacy classes.

The fathers in many Guatemalan village communities live and work away from their families, so women are often left on their own to feed and raise the family. Humble Hilo provides a sustainable income and teaches women the skills to be independent in the future.

Humble Hilo women's shoes

All this sounds lovely, and we haven’t even arrived at the shoes yet! Humble Hilo sandals are handmade and one of a kind. They’re made from leather and traditional handwoven fabrics that are bright, beautiful and unique.

There are closed-toe sandals with ankle straps ($33), colourful slip-ons and woven leather sandals in sizes for kids and women ($60). The traditional weaving combined with modern styles result in shoes that are comfortable enough for the playground, and chic enough that they wouldn’t look amiss in a Vogue editorial.

Even with shipping to Australia at $20, Humble Hilo’s shoes are so reasonably priced, a person might be tempted to amass a collection.

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