If you've known me for more than five minutes, you know my wardrobe pretty much consists of a mixture of the same things in slightly different styles in varying shades of grey & black, so simplicity in style speaks directly to my soul.
In researching ethically made clothing, I've found that it can be a challenge to find active wear, so with the new found revival for my love of fitness combined with my unwavering commitment to not supporting companies who rely on sweat shops, it was clear that my work was cut out for me.
Enter Share Hope
I stumbled across Share Hope in a piece by The Good Trade that was highlighting eco-conscious athletic brands. Imagine my excitement when anxiety got to take a break on their super simplified website where they feature ONE pair of fitness leggings. You read that right. If you're looking for a million overwhelming options, Share Hope is not for you. BUT if you're looking for one expertly constructed, high waisted legging with anti-bacterial and odor blocking technology that boasts a full sized pocket to keep your phone snug, you've come to the right place!
The Share Hope Legging is part of the #WhoMadeMyClothes movement on social media because they place a ton of emphasis on the folks who produce their leggings in Haiti. Why? Because Share Hope is a 501(c)3. This means that all of their profit goes right back in to supporting social programs in the cities where the garmets are produced, all the while creating jobs where workers can feel safe, are paid a fair wage and are genuinely invested in. All of this, and the cost of this glorious fitness staple is only $55 because you are receiving them directly from the makers so there are no crazy mark-ups- in the world of responsible fashion, that price point is unheard of.
I've had my leggings for a few weeks now, but I fell in love instantly! They arrived WAY faster than anticipated in minimal packaging (props for that!) and I could tell immediately that the material was high quality. I tossed them across the room to my husband and his first response was "These kind of feel like a wet suit. I like it!"
After trying them on and wearing them more often than I'm proud to admit, I can say that they are are supportive, yet comfortable and are thick enough to keep you warm, yet breathable. From the photos, I expected them to be a little shorter than I'd prefer, but at 5'8" with long legs, they rest right at my ankles. The hidden pocket in the back is actually large enough to hold my iPhone 7 and it's surprisingly easy to forget it's back there (granted, I don't work out with my phone, so I can't speak to that, but for walking a mile, it's great). The waist passes the squat test and my only problem with them is that I only ordered one pair. I'll definitely be back for more!
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