When you decide to purchase fair trade products including shoes, you are supporting the manufacturers and the original producers of the materials that were used to make the shoes. Unlike other shoes, fair trade companies assist in the development of the local communities and their suppliers by paying a fair wage and investing in local projects and provides Fair Trade working conditions and environments for the workers.
Fair Trade Working Conditions
The products are about making decent working conditions, better prices, better terms of trade and local sustainability for workers and farmers in the third (developing) world that are manufacturing according to the fair trade act. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices for their goods, buying fair trade addresses some of the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally hurts the poorest, weakest shoe producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
If you have ever bought Fair Trade Boot or shoes I’d love to hear from you and tell me what you think of them!