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Our Story

In a world that ceaselessly races towards an uncertain tomorrow, we chose to halt, to celebrate the sacred art of creation. At AMANU, our journey isn't solely about crafting sandals; it's about sculpting stories that etch themselves into the tapestry of your heart. Our narrative commences with a humble yet profound belief:

You Create. We Make. You Love.

Values That Define Us

Human Connection

In an age where fleeting moments are lost in the digital blur, we stand as guardians of a timeless magic— the magic of slowing down. We cherish the connections that mold our identities, the threads that weave us together as a community. In every pair of AMANU sandals, you'll find the soul of makers who meticulously poured their spirit into each stitch, each detail, creating a thread that binds us all.

Choice Matters

At AMANU, we celebrate the power of choice. Our diverse palette of materials and colors allows us to shape your unique journey. We understand that no two feet are the same, which is why we empower you to customize your fit to your foot. Our artisans, wielding skilled hands and passionate hearts, breathe life into your fit, transforming it into a sandal that narrates your story step by step.

Simplicity Rules

Our design philosophy is a tribute to the timeless elegance found in simplicity. We eschew the excess, celebrating the beauty of craftsmanship in its purest form. We specialize in crafting sandals that transcend the ever-shifting tides of trends, each pair embodying the enduring allure of timeless style.

Mindful Consumption

Our mission extends beyond crafting exquisite sandals; it's about changing the world, one sandal at a time. Our commitment to sustainability is the compass that guides us. We craft with a conscience, sourcing only what is sustainable, ensuring that every step you take leaves a gentle footprint on our shared planet.

At AMANU, we don't just make sandals; we sculpt stories, nurture connections, and create timeless elegance. Every pair is a testament to the enduring power of craftsmanship and the enduring beauty of human connection. We invite you to join us in this journey—a journey of choice, simplicity, and conscious consumption. Step into a world where every pair of sandals is a chapter in the story of your life.

Our Makers

Empowering Communities Across the Globe

Our journey led us to Kibera, the largest slum in Africa, located just outside Nairobi, almost five years ago. During our visit, we were deeply moved by two extraordinary facets of this community.

Community Bonds

In Kibera, we witnessed an undeniable sense of community that thrived despite facing enormous challenges. The alleys resonated with the sounds of laughter and music, serving as a testament to the resilience and joy of its residents. What stood out was the way neighbors embraced one another, sharing resources and ensuring that no child went to bed hungry. It was a vivid reminder of the power of togetherness in even the toughest of circumstances.

Artisanal Mastery

Within the labyrinthine network of dusty workshops, we encountered exceptional artisans—men and women who had honed their skills in woodworking, metalworking, sewing, and design. What was truly remarkable was that these artisans had no formal training, yet their craft was nothing short of magical. They breathed new life into discarded padlocks, transforming them into brass components. They artfully carved exquisite jewelry from horns collected from local suppliers. In every creation, they showcased an unmatched talent for resourcefulness. 

This profound experience led us to a profound realization: it's not the scarcity of resources that hinders progress; it's the lack of resourcefulness. This newfound perspective became the guiding light for AMANU.

Global Impact

AMANU's journey extends beyond Kibera, impacting communities across the globe through our various hubs in Kenya, Cape Town, and LA. Our commitment to empowering artisans and creating sustainable change remains unwavering.

At AMANU, we're not just making sandals; we're weaving a narrative of empowerment, resourcefulness, and community. Together, with our artisans from around the world, we are taking steps towards a sustainable future where every creation tells a story, and every step leaves a meaningful footprint.

Thank you for being a part of our journey.