Hotter opened its factory last month to the international non-profit Soles4Souls, donating 1,000 pairs of shoes to help create opportunities for people in need across the globe.
Eleven student volunteers with the organization visited the UK’s biggest shoemaker to see the high-tech footwear production in action before picking and packing 1,000 pairs of Hotter shoes, which will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs, that create jobs in developing countries.
“We were delighted to bring these young people into our factory to show them how our people craft our shoes,” said Hotter CEO Sara Prowse. “There is so much technology and precision engineering involved in creating a pair of shoes which delivers the perfect fit, so we will really be able to give them a great insight into footwear manufacture. We’re hosting a lunch with our staff so the students will get an opportunity to talk about their work and then it will be all hands on deck to pick and pack 1,000 pairs of shoes for our donation.”
“We are so grateful for Hotter’s partnership with our organization,” said Mackenzie Moore, Soles4Souls’ Director of Global Partnerships. “For our student volunteers to be able to see both how the shoes are made, and then how they can impact people living in poverty, is really special.”
Hotter is a leading British footwear brand based in Lancashire, UK. Founded in 1959 as a slipper manufacturer, Hotter now offers a collection of stylish women’s and men’s shoes with hidden comfort features including soft and breathable leathers, lightweight and flexible soles and cushioning. From everyday casuals to elegant heels, athleisure-inspired silhouettes to cool Summer sandals and sturdy boots; Hotter shoes are loved around the world and admired for their quality craftsmanship, stylish designs and premium leathers.
The company employs over 1,200 people and has over 1 million customers in the UK and overseas. Hotter’s multi-channel sales platforms enable customers to shop online and through mail order catalogues in the UK and US and at over 75 UK Hotter stores. Its state-of-the-art factory produces a pair of hand finished shoes every 20 seconds – making it the UK’s largest shoe manufacturer*.
*According to the British Footwear Association
This is the second time Hotter have donated 1,000 pairs to Soles4Souls.
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Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization repurposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and generated over $250 million in economic impact. A nonprofit social enterprise, Soles4Souls earns more than half of its income and commits 100% of donations to programs. Visit soles4souls.org for more information.