Sole Purpose: Gift Style With a Conscience for the Holidays


Christmas is only two weeks away, and I haven’t done a thing. (Don’t even ask me what to do about Kwanzaa; I’m hoping for some celebratory guidance from my new colleagues here at The Root.)


But whatever you’re celebrating this December, these chic shoes from Uwezo add a dash of boho style to your closet while making a measurable difference in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable kids in Uganda. Every purchased pair of these sustainably sourced and repurposed cowhide shoes educates a child in need via a donation to Empower African Children.

Empower African Children’s ultimate goal is to develop Uganda’s young people into influential adults who will hopefully remain to reinvest intellectual resources and revenues back into the community. Uwezo—the Swahili word for “capacity” or ability—is a company with a conscience, believing that “ ... short of free speech, fashion is the most immediate form of self-expression. Fashion portrays not only what you think, but what you care about.”


So this holiday season, walk the talk when you give the gift of style.

Veronica Webb loves Detroit, speaks French, is addicted to French fries, French fashion, runs an 8 minute mile and can never find her keys.

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