Out of everything, finding ethically-made shoes has been the hardest for me. I am slowly finding more and more companies that are sustainably and ethically producing shoes. I also prefer not to buy shoes second-hand because I have heard that it’s not the best for your feet.
Check out these four companies that have given me great results.
Stylish boots, cute sandals, and great shoe options for the workplace. Very classic, quality leather, and ethically made in Peru. The ethics of their company is very important to them, and they make their shoes to last.
I have made several purchases from this company, and a few didn’t work out. Their customer service is excellent, and they even gave me a discount code to put towards my next purchase when they made an error. I definitely recommend this brand for quality shoes you’ll keep for years.
For the longest time, I struggled to find an ethically-made tennis shoe that fit my style. Then one day, I came across Allbirds, and I was sold! They are made from trees, and they are sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethically-made.
I had to wait a few days for them to arrive, and then I put them on. I was even more excited! I felt like i was walking on air, and they were so cute! The style I got are made from harvested eucalyptus pulp (what?!), wool, and other recycled material.
My Allbirds feel like a step-up from Vans or Converse, so I often wear them to work. (I’m a teacher.) But I also love pairing them with shorts and a t-shirt. They are also easy-to-clean (which is helpful when you step in a mud puddle).
I bought a pair of their leather flip-flops for my trip to Tahiti because they can be dressed-up or dressed-down AND they have great support. Freewaters makes a variety of sandals, and even have boots and tennis shoes. The best part- your purchase helps fund water projects around the world!
I’m currently trying to get my fiancé to purchase a pair of Freewaters for his next flip-flop purchase instead of Rainbows. REI even sell some of their styles online!
This company makes natural rubber and leather flip-flops, as well as slippers. They use conscious materials and work with artisans and cooperatives around the world. The best part- they are very reasonably priced so there is no excuse! I got a pair for my trip to Tahiti, and they worked great!
So next time you’re in need of shoes, check out these brands. And as always, if you have had good experiences with another company let me know! My goal is to make conscious buying easier and more fun. I don’t receive any promotions from these brands. I just like supporting companies that are trying to do it the right way.