Simple Shoes of Santa Barbara, CA makes their shoes from recycled paper, wool and car tires, organic cotton and eco-certified leather. They also strive to be sustainable in their manufacture and other business practices.
This article brings up some good points about sustainability – just changing the materials we use to build shoes isn’t enough of a change. Part of being sustainable is reducing waste, so replacing the worn our parts of shoes rather than just throwing them away is a good move for sustainability.
Simple shoes look to be leading company in producing sustainable footwear. Another option to note is a model by Brooks, a leading brand in running shoes. Their “green silence” model ($100) is made of recycled materials and the color comes from soy-based inks. Brooks produces some of the most highly-regarded training sneakers, and this green shoe is a great option for runners.
Yes, there are plethora of sustainable shoe companies out there. Styles range from casual to dressy.
Here are some companies that sell sustainable shoes (see the Nimli link below):
Autonomie Project – Most of the shoes they sell are sneakers that resemble Converse All Star shoes. If you’re looking for casual, basic shoes, this is a good company to look into.
Cri de Coueur – Trendy, stylish women’s shoes.
Neuaura – Trendy, stylish women’s shoes.
shoebuy.com has an Eco-Friendly category. I’ve provided the link below.
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