Current Obsession: Teysha Footwear

Current Obsession: Socially-Conscious Footwear by Teshya(Source: Teysha)Although we wholeheartedly believe the "fashion is art" mantra, it is rare that we actually put that consideration into our wardrobes. While we're busy chasing the latest trend (or factory-produced replicas), we're blending in and missing the chance to embrace our individuality. Teysha co-founders Sophie Eckrich and Travis Breihan noticed the unique, richly-colored fabrics hand-woven by indigenous Latin American women while traveling and studying international development in college, and decided to turn it into fashionable footwear—not to mention an opportunity to empower the Guatemalan artisans living in poverty.

Current Obsession: Socially-Conscious Footwear by Teshya(Source: Teysha)Not only do the shoes capture the artwork and spirit of the culture, you get to select your own, one-of-a-kind pattern and design how you'd like it placed on your shoe. For instance, you can mix and match boots such as the above with different patterns placed on the outer and inner edges, restrict the print to one side or keep it more subtle by opting to dress-up less surface area.

You also can choose from five different leather treatments. On top of custom-made boots ($180–$275), the site also offers ready-made sandals and loafers ($80–$120), which will soon be available to customize, as well as accessories and apparel with the same indie aesthetic.

Current Obsession: Socially-Conscious Footwear by Teshya(Source: Teysha)"Teysha" means friend or ally to the Native Caddo tribe in Eckrich and Breihan's homeland of Texas, and it shows in all aspects of their socially-conscious business practices. In addition to bringing together the Antigua community their workshop is based in, they also utilize local, eco-friendly materials. To top it off, each pair of shoes comes with a tag signed by the five teyshas that handmade them.

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