Merch by Migrants

In our effort to empower migrants through creative expression, we guide them in harnessing the potential of the Canva application to craft distinctive designs. These designs are subsequently featured on shoes available for sale in our online store. A portion of the sales directly supports the artist responsible for creating the design.

In Morocco, a distressing practice occurs when migrants are arrested by the police—upon detention, their shoes are taken away. This seemingly cruel action is rooted in the hope of preventing the migrants from attempting to escape or embark on further journeys. By removing their shoes, law enforcement aims to limit their mobility and dissuade any potential attempts to flee detention. Additionally, it serves as a way to assert control and instill a sense of vulnerability, making it harder for individuals to resist or challenge their circumstances.

Women’s High Tops

Men’s High Tops

When police take away migrants’ shoes, it is considered a part of the pushback strategy. This seemingly harsh action is a tactic employed to limit the mobility of migrants, discouraging them from attempting to escape detention or continuing their journey. By removing their shoes, law enforcement aims to physically impede their movement, making it harder for individuals to resist or challenge their circumstances.

Women’s Slip-Ons

Men’s Slip-Ons

This practice is seen as a form of control, coercion, and an attempt to dissuade migrants from pursuing their journey further. It is a controversial and often criticized method due to its infringement on the basic rights and dignity of individuals seeking refuge or a better life.

Women’s Lace-Up Shoes

Men’s Lace-Up Shoes

Women’s Athletic Shoes

Men’s Athletic Shoes