As a follow-up to my story on sustainable clothing brands, I found that there are just as many sustainable shoe brands out there as well. These nine pairs of sustainable shoes are not only good for the environment but also stylish and super comfy.
Sustainability Win: In addition to using natural hemp fibers and harvested rubber, Hari Mari is also committed to keeping things out of our landfills: When you’re ready for a new pair of flip-flops, you can mail in your used shoes to be recycled and get 15 percent off a new pair.
Editor Pick: Meadows Sandal
Sustainability Win: Allbirds uses sustainably sourced merino wool, tencel (tree fiber), sugar cane, recycled cardboard, recycled plastic bottles, and castor bean oil to make its shoes.
Editor Pick: Tree Breezers
Sustainability Win: The super comfy sole in this sustainable sneaker is made from all natural and renewable cork, and the shoes can be worn sockless, meaning fewer pairs of socks in your laundry.
Editor Pick: Semnoz II Sneaker
Sustainability Win: The upper knitted part of all of Suavs’ shoes is cut with a digital knitting machine, which reduces material waste.
Editor Pick: The Zilker
Matt & Nat
Sustainability Win: Matt & Nat uses cruelty-free, vegan, and recycled materials, even in its faux leather products.
Editor Pick: Renzo Slip-on
Sustainability Win: Not only are Cariuma’s sustainable sneakers made from natural materials, but the company also purchases carbon offsets to create a zero-balance footprint.
Editor Pick: Catiba Sneaker
Sustainability Win: Veja’s B-mesh material is made out of recycled polyester (from plastic bottles) and is also waterproof.
Editor Pick: V-10 Lace Up Sneakers
Sustainability Win: According to Everlane, the average sneaker sole is made mostly of plastic. The company is committed to making its sneakers sustainable and the sole is 94.2 percent free of virgin plastic.
Editor Pick: The Trainer
Sustainability Win: These washable shoes are made from plastic bottles, meaning not only do they last longer, but they’re also made from eco-conscious materials.
Editor Pick: The Loafer
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