If you’re on a mission to make your wardrobe more sustainable, one category that shouldn’t be forgotten is footwear. Today, labels are working to create more eco-friendly shoes by using materials like recycled water bottles, as well as producing in ethically certified factories. Keep clicking to find which sustainable shoe brands to have on your radar.
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Founded in 2004, French sneaker brand Veja is the first to use fabric made completely from recycled plastic bottles. And, not only are their shoes sustainable, but the versatile silhouettes will coordinate with any ensemble you have planned for the day.
Building a sustainable future is at the core of Rothy’s DNA. This is done by responsible manufacturing at its owned and operated factory in Dongguan, China. According to its website, the brand has transformed nearly 100 million single-use plastic water bottles into its signature thread used to create all its items. From its simple flats to summery sandals, there’s a style for an occasion.
By using materials like wool, sugar, and trino (made from tree fiber and merino wool), San Francisco-based sneaker brand Allbirds is committing to concrete sustainable changes within the fashion industry by 2025. To take it a step further, the brand measures everything that contributes to its carbon footprint, from its factory floor to the lights in its headquarters.
If you’re a devotee of heels, start shopping for the beloved shoe from Jo-Anne Vernay. Founded by Dyandra Raye, the luxury vegan shoes are made from pineapple leaf fiber. In addition to its unique fruit fabric, each style is designed by hand and produced in Italy.
Yes, trend-forward shoes can be made sustainably, as proven by Aera New York. The label crafts its luxe footwear with as many eco-friendly materials as it can use. A few of these materials include Thunit, a unique material made in Italy from 50% synthetic rubber, 40% inorganic mineral composts (like silicones and mixed clay), and 10% additives, as well as 100% recycled ABS plastic for its heels.
Sylven New York strives to use the best organic, bio-based, biodegradable, recycled, and renewable components to produce its footwear. On top of its materials, the label is committed to partnering with factories that are ethically certified. Choose between the brand’s sleek booties and polished loafers.
As of late, sneaker brand Thousand Fell has become an influencer favorite on Instagram, which could be due to the fact that the label is equal parts sustainable and stylish. Made in Brazil and designed in New York City, the sneakers are constructed with unexpected materials like aloe vera, natural and recycled rubber, recycled bottles, castor bean, sugar cane, coconut husk, palm leaf fibers, and quartz.