My takeaway: If you like ethically crafted, quality shoes, you should check these out for men’s work wear, women’s beaded sandals or knee-high boots, this is a brand worth checking out.


Flamenco music and sangria complimented a muggy May night at Pikolinos pop-up store. Social dedication is woven into this brand’s fabric with product designed by more than 1,600 woman from Kenya’s endangered Maasai tribe, crafted entirely with fair trade labor.


The store is a sleek and open space however much product does not stand out. The men’s shoes are similar price point to Nike’s Cole Haan, and offers fashion-forward, very wearable semi-formal options. My next pair of work shoes will totally come from this store.

Shoe Wall

I’m undeniably not in love with the women’s line; something about the beading screams “Arizona.” A NUMODER might be able to sport the right pair of sandals with a flowing maxi dress, but their heels and wedges are clunky.


However, this would have been an ideal opportunity to share more about the Maasai tribe’s culture. The connection to the tribe is not apparent in the store, and that is a very relevant component to the brand’s story.

For a quick video highlighting the brand’s work with the Maasai tribe, view below

Nu-Mode´Coverage & Photographs Clark Rahman

Maasai Project by Olivia Palermo from Pikolinos on Vimeo.