10 conscious shoe brands for the discerning customer
Shopping for shoes that cause minimal harm to the planet is hard work. The array of components that make up a shoe are all very difficult to source sustainably, whether that be the material used on the outside, the sole or the glue. So we have put together a list for you to strut your stuff with a clean conscience.
This UK-based shoe brand has just gone through a major re-brand, now making super stylish shoes out of completely sustainable materials. Pinatex, organic cotton and cork are just a few of the materials used to make this brand Vegan Society trademarked and PETA approved.
2. Marais USA
Aside from making pretty cool slides in a variety of heel heights, styles and colours, Marais USA makes everything in LA and even has options for vegans.
Sourcing their materials and manufacturing in Brazil, Veja works directly with small, local farmers to source sustainable materials for their footwear. It also has a line for vegans too.
For the edgier consumer, Rombaut uses materials such as tree bark, natural rubber, and coconut fiber, as well as artisanally crafting its shoes in Italy.
Made from second-hand men's shirts, or other material offcuts, Starch Slides creates a solution for leftover materials. Manufactured in a small female-owned factory in China, founder Shannon Crowley has the ethical box ticked too.
Made in Germany, Lunge creates unisex high-quality running shoes out of sustainable materials such as recycled, shredded CDS. The German, family-run brand also ensures the use of ecological and ethical practices from start to finish.
Founded in 1995 in Montreal, Matt and Nat creates vegan bags and shoes with eco-friendly practices in mind. The shoes are lined with a material made 100% out of recycled plastic bottles which on average represents over 120,000 plastic bottles a year.
Crafted by a group of 20 artisans in California's Los Angeles, Rafa USA creates footwear for the fashion-forward woman. All materials used are vegan and sustainable.
Another LA-based brand, The Palatines focusses on craftsmanship for it's minimalistic, artistic aesthetic.
10. Proud Mary
Proud Mary is a brand that works globally with artisans, focussing on the techniques and processes of shoe-making. Combining an on-trend aesthetic with "fair-trade", it works with a variety of natural materials and fibres.