This is a story about two childhood friends, Kevin Gougeon and Ronan Collin, united by a passion for Vietnamese handcraft, which they discovered during their travels, and a solidarity dream. That’s how the N’GO Shoes project was conceived in 2016. Focusing on traditional know-how and support for the local economy, the founders were keen to join forces with the Non-Governmental Organization Sao Bien, in order to build schools and provide a better future for the people in Vietnam.
It is in Vietnam, a country renowned for the richness of its local craftsmanship, that the duo started N’go Shoes to sustainably promote the traditional know-how of Vietnamese craftsmen. After spending a long period in Vietnam and getting to know the country’s fascinating and diverse culture, the two friends decided to make their social shoe project a reality. Therefore, they have worked with local artisans to create unique handwoven designs using traditional White Tai looms – these inserts are found on the back and side of the shoes. From green mountains to shiny blue seas, each weaving recalls and celebrates the impressive natural patrimony Vietnamese sceneries have to offer.