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Customize your very own leather sandals, while giving a woman across the world the opportunity to pursue her dreams!
Customize your very own leather sandals, while giving a woman across the world the opportunity to pursue her dreams!
Customize your very own leather sandals, while giving a woman across the world the opportunity to pursue her dreams!
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Design Your Dream Sandal

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Imagine designing a truly one of a kind sandal, perfectly suited to YOUR lifestyle and aesthetic... 

Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? Well, it can soon be a reality. At Sseko, we're dreaming about leading the next frontier of transparent and customizable fashion with Design Your Dream Sandal.

Sseko started in Uganda 7 years ago with 3 women under a mango tree making leather sandals, dreaming about a brighter future. After making appearances on Shark Tank and Good Morning America, co-designing a sandal with Sophia Bush, and launching a fast-growing direct sales channel, we have seen the demand for our hand-crafted, quality leather sandals. We've also seen just how unique each Sseko woman is.

Inspired by the creativity and vision of our customers, we've decided to take it one step further: completely customizable sandals. Whether you’re looking for sandals for your next big adventure, a new everyday favorite, a sandal that steals the show or even the perfect custom kicks for you and your bridesmaids, you’ll be able to bring that vision to life.

Because we own our manufacturing, we’re able to offer you bespoke quality custom sandals for an incredibly reasonable cost. You’ll choose your size, style, materials, color, and even details like hand-beaded accents and monograms! Along the way, we'll also connect you to a Sseko stylist to help you design your creation.

 

 

 

 

If you need help designing your custom creation, we'll have a team of Sseko Stylists ready to help! This team of women across the U.S. help to share our story and sell Sseko, and they're experts in all things sandal style. When you back our Kickstarter, you'll have the option of designing your sandals on your own, or (as we highly recommend!) getting connectd to a Stylist in your area who can help walk you through the details—so that you are certain to LOVE your custom kicks!

If you're interested in joining our team of Stylists, you can learn more on the Sseko Fellows page! 

 

Did we mention that while you’re busy making your sandal dreams a reality, you’ll also be helping a dream come true for a woman in East Africa?

You see, our sandals are stunning, but the story behind them is just as beautiful.

By employing bright and brave young women during their gap year to help us make beautiful, versatile, hand-crafted footwear and accessories, we’ve enabled 72 women in Uganda to attend college and become leaders in the their communities.

As you design your dream sandal from the highest quality materials, you’ll get connected to our team in Uganda who will be handcrafting your creation. You’ll receive updates from our team about the process of crafting your one of a kind sandal. In addition to learning about how your sandals are being made, you’ll learn about the hopes and dreams of the women in Uganda who are making them. You’ll be along for the ride as your design comes to life.

When you design your own sandals with Sseko, you get a pair of beautiful, stylish, one of kind, custom-made sandals that you’ll wear season after season, year after year. Meanwhile, she gets the opportunity to pursue her dreams, go to college and become a leader in her community and our world.

Questions about our Rewards? Email customercare@ssekodesigns.com and we'll be happy to help!

 

 

                           

 

 

 

 

 

Every Sseko sandal is handcrafted with love from our workshop in Uganda. From sole stitching to finishing, our team of women are experts in the art of sandal-making.

 

 

Learn more about the Sseko Story + how our sandals are made HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeline

  • October 17, 2016: Kickstarter launches
  • November 7, 2016: Kickstarter ends
  • December 2016 - January 2017: Design your custom sandals! (If you choose to work with a stylist, we'll connect you with one at this time.)
  • January-February 2017: We'll be scaling up production and getting the workshop ready for custom creations! We'll also purchase all materials at this time.
  • February-April 2017: Your sandals are handcrafted with love, and you'll be getting updates along the way!
  • April 2017: Sandals are delivered, just in time for warmer weather!

Risks and challenges

There are risks involved with launching a new product. However, our risks are mitigated significantly because we are vertically integrated and own our manufacturing. Furthermore, the product we are hoping to launch has already been developed and is ready for production. The greatest risks we face would be involving our raw material supply chain. However, we've been operating in the region for six years and feel confident in our supply network. Our stretch goal products will require continued development and there is a potential risk that we would need to extend our development period, although we feel confident the existing timeframe it is achievable.

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    Brave Manifesto

    Downloadable copy of the Sseko Brave Manifesto and a thank you video from our team in Uganda!

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    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Thank You from Uganda
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    Fabric Market Tote

    Batik fabric market tote handcrafted by our team in Uganda, featuring an exclusive pattern available only via Kickstarter!

    RETAIL VALUE: $40

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Fabric Market Tote
    • Brave Manifesto Download
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    Brave Bracelet Package

    Interchangeable brass charm bracelet handcrafted by our team in Uganda, featuring a Kickstarter-exclusive "Celebration" charm piece!

    RETAIL VALUE: $45

    Includes:
    • Handcrafted Brass Brave Bracelet
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive "Celebration" Charm Piece
    • Brass Charm Piece
    • Brave Manifesto Download
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    Classic Ribbon Sandals

    Our Classic Leather Ribbon Sandals in Brown or Black, plus a pair of Black Ribbons and a Kickstarter-Exclusive Ribbon. (Note: This product is NOT a Design Your Own sandal.)

    RETAIL VALUE: $66

    Includes:
    • Classic Brown or Black Leather Ribbon Sandals
    • Black Cotton Ribbons
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Sandal Ribbons
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Thank You from Uganda
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    Design Your Own Ribbon Sandals-STANDARD

    One (1) pair of Custom Ribbon Sandals with a Kickstarter-Exclusive Ribbon! Choose from a variety of premium leathers, heel heights from flat to a wedge, footbed stitching and more! (Note: This does not include Sandal Accents or Monogramming.)

    RETAIL VALUE: $80

    Includes:
    • Custom Ribbon Sandals - BASIC
    • Pair of Solid-Colored Sandal Ribbons (of your choice!)
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Sandal Ribbons
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Handwritten Note from the Woman Who Made Your Sandals
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    Design Your Own Ribbon Sandals-DELUXE

    One (1) pair of Custom Ribbon Sandals with a Kickstarter-Exclusive Ribbon and all of the premium choices! Choose from a variety of premium leathers, heel heights from flat to a wedge, footbed stitching, Sandal Accents and custom Monogramming.

    RETAIL VALUE: $105

    Includes:
    • Custom Ribbon Sandals - DELUXE
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Sandal Ribbons
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Handwritten Note from the Woman Who Made Your Sandals
    • Pair of Solid, Woven or Chiffon Sandal Ribbons (of your choice!)
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    Design Your Own Leather Sandals-STANDARD

    One (1) pair of Custom Leather Sandals in one of our other 5 silhouettes: T-Straps, Crossover Slide, Flip Flop, Wrap Sandals or Rue Ankle Straps, and customize your dream sandal from there! Select your sole and strap colors from a variety of premium leathers, choose your heel preference (from flats to a wedge!), footbed stitching and more. (Note: This does not include Sandal Accents or Monogramming.)

    RETAIL VALUE: $105

    Includes:
    • Custom Leather Sandals - BASIC
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Handwritten Note from the Woman Who Made Your Sandals
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    Design Your Own Leather Sandals-DELUXE

    One (1) pair of Custom Leather Sandals (with premium options) in one of our other 5 silhouettes: T-Straps, Crossover Slide, Flip Flop, Wrap Sandals or Rue Ankle Straps, and customize your dream sandal from there! Select your sole and strap colors from a variety of premium leathers, choose your heel preference (from flats to a wedge!), footbed stitching, interchangeable sandal accents and custom monogramming.

    RETAIL VALUE: $125

    Includes:
    • Custom Leather Sandals - DELUXE
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Handwritten Note from the Woman Who Made Your Sandals
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    DELUXE Leather Sandals + Fabric Tote

    Get a pair of Custom Leather Sandals in one of 5 silhouettes including DELUXE options (beading + monogramming), PLUS a Kickstarter-exclusive Fabric Market Tote* handcrafted in Uganda!

    RETAIL VALUE: $165
    *Actual tote pattern will vary.

    Includes:
    • Custom Leather Sandals - DELUXE
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Fabric Market Tote
    • Handwritten Note from the Woman Who Made Your Sandals
    • Brave Manifesto Download
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    2 Pairs of DELUXE Leather Sandals

    Design TWO (2) pairs of Custom DELUXE Leather Sandals - for you and your BFF, or just for you to add some variety to your summer style!

    Choose from 5 silhouettes: T-Straps, Crossover Slide, Flip Flop, Wrap Sandals or Rue Ankle Straps, and customize your dream sandal from there! Select your sole and strap colors from a variety of premium leathers, choose your heel preference (from flats to a wedge!), footbed stitching, interchangeable sandal accents and custom monogramming.

    RETAIL VALUE: $250

    Includes:
    • Custom Leather Sandals - DELUXE
    • Brave Manifesto Download
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    Aida Tote with Personalized Luggage Tag

    Handcrafted in Ethiopia from pebbled black leather and contrasting caramel leather, this two-toned tote is fully lined, with 2 internal pockets and a zip closure to keep everything secure while on-the-go! As a Kickstarter exclusive, you'll get an engraved luggage tag with your tote!

    RETAIL VALUE: $280

    Includes:
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    • Personalized Luggage Tag
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    The Bridal Package

    Looking for the perfect sandals for your Summer 2017 wedding? There’s only one way to get the sandals you’ve always dreamed of...by designing them yourself! With the Bridal Package, you'll get 6 pairs of completely customized sandals for you AND your bridesmaids...so you can all add your own flair on your special day! The best part? We'll match you with a Sseko Stylist who will help you along the way!

    RETAIL VALUE: $785

    Includes:
    • Custom Leather Sandals - DELUXE
    • Handcrafted Brass Brave Bracelet
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive "Celebration" Charm Piece
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Thank You from Uganda
    • Stylist Session to Design Your Sandals!
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    Sseko Starter Kit

    Get decked out in Sseko swag! With the Sseko Starter Kit, you'll get three (3) Pairs of Custom Sandals, 5 Ribbons / Accents of your choosing, a Kickstarter-exclusive Fabric Tote, a Safari Leather Bucket Bag, Wanderlust Shawl, Brave Bracelet, Kickstarter-Exclusive Charm Piece & downloadable Brave Manifesto!

    RETAIL VALUE: $795

    Includes:
    • Custom Leather Sandals - DELUXE
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Fabric Market Tote
    • Sseko Leather Bucket Bag
    • Wanderlust Shawl
    • Handcrafted Brass Brave Bracelet
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive "Celebration" Charm Piece
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Sandal Ribbons
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Thank You from Uganda
    • Handwritten Note from the Woman Who Made Your Sandals
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    Sseko Sandal Design Party!

    A night of custom sandal designing for you and your friends (with the help of a Sseko stylist!)—up to 10 pairs of DELUXE Custom Sandals included!

    RETAIL VALUE: $1410

    Includes:
    • 10× Custom Leather Sandals - DELUXE
    • 10× Kickstarter-Exclusive Sandal Ribbons
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Handwritten Note from the Woman Who Made Your Sandals
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    Trip to Uganda

    You're part of the Sseko family now! We're sending you to Kampala, Uganda to design AND MAKE your own custom sandals! You'll also get to tour the workshop, meet the Sseko women, and even go on an African safari!

    We'll make sure you're ready for your trip in style, and you'll be getting 3 pairs of sandals, a fabric tote and a Wanderlust Shawl to keep you warm on the long flight!

    U.S. Backers Only
    Trip Date: Spring/Summer 2017

    Reach out to info@ssekodesigns.com with any questions!

    Includes:
    • Week Trip to Uganda (Airfare, Lodging)
    • African Safari Adventure
    • Wanderlust Shawl
    • Custom Leather Sandals - DELUXE
    • Classic Brown or Black Leather Ribbon Sandals
    • Kickstarter-Exclusive Fabric Market Tote
    • Brave Manifesto Download
    • Thank You from Uganda
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