No surprise to any of our regular readers is the rather obvious fact that I like shoes. This is beyond the actual ‘shoes I’d like to wear’ and into the land of ‘If I had an unlimited budget I’d consider opening a shoe-museum’. There are simply too many love-them or hate-them… yet always interesting-to-look-at shoes being made for me to own (let alone wear) even a fraction of the styles that pique my interest.
On a more serious note, on researching the source of the Mongolian fur trim of these shoes (most likely lambswool from nomadic Mongolian flocks) I encountered several articles devoted to last year’s tragic Mongolian winter; a winter so severe that close to 8 million herd animals died. This has left many nomadic herders struggling to survive with those few herd animals that remain. Selling their goat cashmere, lambswool and other herd skins is especially important to those now barely surviving this devastating event. This is a case where designer items are
more likely to be directly sourced from smaller communities and suppliers. I certainly hope that is the case with much of the Mongolian fur that is coming onto the market right now. It might seem like the fur fringe is just a silly luxury. But, sometimes, these small details that we experience as ‘mere luxuries’ can have a real and positive trickle-down impact in other areas of the world.
I’d also like to ask that if any of our readers encounter more information on this topic – from which fashion houses are using/supporting micro-economies to companies that may be taking undue advantage of the situation to share it with us here. I love to know more about the background events that may be occurring underneath the more obvious surface trends that we see at retail – this type of information can really help those of us who want to arm ourselves with the knowledge to make informed and ethical consumer decisions.