It’s a party in the back and business in the front for handwoven footwear label Mohinders.
The brand’s new backless women’s City Slipper, which launched earlier this month, is available for pre-order and will ship during the second week of June.
Handmade by second and third generation artisans in the remote village of Karnataka, India, the footwear features full grain water buffalo leather that is vegetable tanned and a natural crepe rubber sole, available on the brand’s website for $145.
Founded in 2013 by former lawyer Michael Paratore, Mohinders is an ethically sourced label that benefits local shoemakers through a cooperative that offers fair compensation and labor practices.
Paratore said in a statement that he was inspired to found the company after he became “obsessed” with the traditional Indian footwear silhouette during a trip to India. “We started with an existing design, based on a classic style made in this part of India for centuries,” he explained. “We then make adjustments to enhance the style, comfort and durability.”