Sustainably Chic

10 Sustainable Shoe Brands to Last You Season after Season

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

I've been asked to make this list several times over the past few months, and I'm finally sitting down to do so! When it comes to sustainability for a pair of shoes, there are many of things I look for - {1} Who makes them? {2} What are they made from? {3} Can I wear them for years to come?. If I don't see transparency within the supply chain, but they wear well, it's still a 'no' for me. I need fair work, materials that won't sit in a landfill {no PVC, please} & quality!! These brands check everything off my list, and there is something for everyone - vegans, adventurers & those who just need a darn good pair of shoes!  


1. Laidback London

From the beadwork to the sole, these sandals are made to last and wear better with age as the leather softens. Mohamed, the creator of Laidback London, visited Mombasa {an island town along the Kenyan coastline} back in 2001. After several trips from England to Kenya and suitcases full of artisan-made goods he sold at London markets, Mohamed decided to work with them on a full collection using their traditional craftsmanship. He wanted to be able to provide consumers a product with a story and one supporting sustainable livelihoods for the makers behind them. Being they are all handmade, each one is unique. 


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2. Baabuk

My Swiss blood naturally gravitated towards this brand, but after trying on their shoes, it didn't matter what my nationality was anymore. Their sneakers are extremely comfortable and made from wool. Why wool, you may ask? Well, it's great at keeping your feet at the perfect temperature because of its wicking properties, and it's been made to be tear resistant & water repellant. You must check out their line of slippers, as well {they have them for the kiddos, too!}. 


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3. Vivo Barefoot

Literally feel as if you are walking barefoot, it is amazing how good your feet feel after a long walk. After speaking to Vivo Barefoot on the phone a few months ago, I had no idea how our feet have been manipulated to fit standard shoes, today. The best thing we can do for our feet, is to let them have space so they can do their job properly. That's what these shoes allow for! It may seem as if the top part is wide, but it's exactly the room we need for life's biggest adventures. 


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4. veerah

I'm all about versatility when it comes to my wardrobe, and I never imagined a heel which upheld this concept. With VEERAH, you can refashion the design in a 'snap' - quite literally, though. The back of the shoe has a loop to fasten on an array of accessories - accessories you can later use as bracelets, necklaces, brooches & more. From vegan leather to plant-based memory foam, these shoes can check off every requirement on a conscious consumer's list. Plus, it's a women-led company, and they work to empower women all over the world through their #VEERAHwarriors and education scholarships.


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5. nisolo

Probably a brand you have heard of before because all types of influencers have adopted them into their wardrobe over the past couple of years. Nisolo creates intentionally designed shoes you can wear everyday with any style. Their workers are paid beyond fair wages, and are given healthcare & a healthy working environment. There is also no middle man so shoes are sold directly to consumers avoiding any extra unnecessary pricing. If you are looking for a basic, solid pair of shoes you can wear with almost anything, I highly suggest checking them out! 


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6. rothy's

Probably the comfiest shoe I've ever worn, Rothy's feel like a sneaker yet look absolutely feminine and chic. They are extremely durable and well-made, and best part - they use low-waste, low-impact materials! Can you believe these guys are made from recycled water bottles with 3D knit technology?! This type of material makes for a super sturdy shoe, and you can even clean them in your wash machine. Plus, you have several colors to choose from so your closet is covered! 


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7. Darzah

 Cool fact: Darzah means ‘stitch’ in Arabic, and this non-profit, ethical brand features Palestinian “tatreez” embroidery. This art form has been around for centuries, and has been passed down from mother to daughter. Besides celebrating this stunning traditional art, Darzah works to create economic opportunities for refugee & low-income women artisans. Anytime I wear their shoes out, I get a handful of 'where did you get those?!!?' and heart eyes. They truly are beautiful shoes! 


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These boots are made with materials like super soft & warm 100% shearling wool lining, eco-friendly & water-resistant terracare® leather, and natural Italian crepe rubber. Because of the materials chosen & how well the boots are made, they will last you year after year. You can even replace the sole to add more life on! Oh & did I mention many of their styles are unisex?! Duckfeet only uses veggie-tanned leather & the best natural materials in order to bring you the greatest quality shoe possible. 



9. Atelier Alienor

A Sustainable {& Chic} Approach To The Classic Espadrille. Artisans in Aquitaine, South West of France have been creating espadrilles for generations.  Laurie Cazaux, the designer behind Atelier Alienor, teamed up with these talented makers to responsibly manufacture the line. Although based in Houston, Texas, Laurie lived many years in France and has a true appreciation for French crafts. She puts is so beautifully, "Where I come from, espadrilles are more than shoes. They are a promise of an endless summer, tanned feet and romantic escapes." - yeah, I'm sold! 


sustainable sandals

10. October jaipur

I  certainly got my use out of these sandals last summer, and am looking forward to bringing them back into my warm weather wardrobe. I'm actually a huge fan of green shoes. I used to have some green boots I would pair up with everything, and it hasn't been much different with these guys! Green seems a bit unconventional, but I'm telling you it is totally a neutral when it comes to footwear {especially if most of your closet is full of earth tones}. October Jaipur is an India-based accessories brand that follows the words "Thought of a dreamer, Skill of an artisan”, and believes in ethical production and great craftsmanship!