Finding a 'Green' shoe brand that is vegan or sustainable or made of recycled materials is something that I have struggled with for over 10 years. I remember in 2006, first becoming aware of my carbon footprint, and the only shoes that I found I could make a difference by purchasing was the popular 'One for One' brand Tom's (which even though they help to give a pair to an individual in need, the material used and company as a whole is not transparent). I am constantly on the hunt for 'Green' shoes, especially heels or wedges, they honestly seem to be the most difficult to find. Lucky for me and all the 'Green' fashionistas out there, we are amidst the Green Fashion Movement, so expect great things from these 10 eco friendly shoe brands.
I complied a list of 10 designers that I foresee to be 'Game Changers' in the Green Shoe Industry. These green shoe brands I have selected include Vegan shoes, Leather & Fur shoes, and even shoes made of upcycled materials. Yes, you read right FUR. Brother Vellies uses fur and is indeed a sustainable shoe brand)
I hope this introduction to some of my favorite 'Green' shoe brands & designers helps you on the journey of compiling the perfect 'Green' wardrobe. And remember the best thing you can do to be Green, is to make the difference that matters to you (Check out Florum Fashion Magazine's Eco Criteria).
I would also love to know if anyone has a favorite 'Green' shoe designer that I have missed, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
xoxo Noelle Lynne
Beyond Skin was born in 2001 because it seemed impossible to be both stylish and cruelty free, the idea of Vegan shoes was something many had not yet thought of (Stella McCartney had also started designing under her name in 2001). The 'Alice' is the winning style from a competition for the animal welfare charity PETA, by Alice Lambert-Gorwyn. For every sale of this heel, 10% of profits go towards PETA. Beyond skin shoes are made from an Italian material called DINAMICA® which is made from 100% recycled PET ((1 yard of this Vegan suede is equivalent to 20 plastic bottles). Beyond Skin believes DINAMICA® is the most exciting discovery of late, as its the perfect suede alternative. Due to both its’ durability and sustainability, DINAMICA® is currently used in the auto industry by brands such as Mercedes, Land Rover and Jaguar, however Beyond Skin is the first footwear label to use this incredible eco-friendly suede. DINAMICA® (the whole process reduces CO2 emissions by 60%, compared to the regular process of making polyester from petroleum).
Veja creates a supply chain that respects both humans and the environment, they work directly with small Brazilian producers, who are organized into cooperatives of organic cotton and wild rubber from the Amazon. The Veja Esplar Low Top in Tilapia leather is a sneaker that screams elegance, Tilapia is a Brazilian fish leather tanned exclusively with vegetables. The inner sole in organic cotton & expensed rubber, while the sole is made of wild rubber from Amazonian rubber (the Amazon is the only place on earth where rubber trees grow in the wild). Veja not only creates sneakers for both men, women, and kids, however they also create some fabulous high quality bags and accessories as well.
Bhava is an innovative women's footwear brand founded by designer Francisca Pineda. Only three years young, Bhava has continued to set a new standard in footwear design by sourcing the highest quality artisan, organic, recycled and cruelty free components. The Bhava aesthetic represents timeless elegance with a dose of ingénue charm. The Alden is a Fall to Spring style that is the perfect height for all day wear (only 2"). These shoes are manufactured in Alicante, Spain where shoes are still being handmade by generations of artisans. The design is in the details, from the choice of upper, and the soft eco-suede lining (all imported from Italy), to the European hardware and our exclusive custom solid wood heels. Bhava's Italian vegan leathers do not contain aromatic amines, PCP, formaldehyde, PVC, phthalates, azo-dyes, or chrome.
Nisolo means 'Not Alone,' and. as consumers, we are not alone in the world. Nisolo recognizes that our small choices have a big impact somewhere else. As producers, we are not alone. Nisolo is a team of makers, doers, and storytellers working together to facilitate a healthy connection between consumers and producers in the global marketplace. At Nisolo, they view their social impact in two ways: game changing and life changing. The Mollie Smoke Heel is handcrafted from sustainably sourced leather in Peru. When a shoe is handcrafted, you can expect any shoe you purchase to last a lifetime with great care.