As more research starts to surface, we are all becoming more self-conscious of our personal footprint and impact on the planet. Some are better about making more environmentally friendly choices than others, but with a little intention and time, we can all make a positive impact. One simple way to make a difference is by being mindful while shopping for shoes!
Here are some shoes that are comfortable, and perfect for this fall!
1. All Birds Every Day Shoes
Just because you want eco friendly shoes, does not mean that you have to sacrifice your comfort! All Birds has so many options and styles when it comes to footwear that you are guaranteed to find something that suits your style. Whether you choose to go for vegan shoes or some that are just ethically sourced and made, you can never go wrong! These sneakers are made with merino wool so they are soft and moisture-wicking.
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2. Vivo Barefoot Boots
The Gobi III Hemp shoes for women are perfect for the fall! Instead of opting for some leather or suede boots, try investing in boots that are more eco friendly. These boots are made from 100% hemp canvas and are leather-free! Not only are these eco friendly shoes great for the environment, but they are water-resistant so even if it rains, your feet will not become soaked and your shoes won’t be ruined. They are comfortable and compact so they are perfect for traveling!
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3. Fulham Leather Boots
If you have a soft spot for Chelsea boots but want to start purchasing eco friendly shoes, Vivo Bare Foot has you covered! These shoes are perfect for the fall and winter months and will go with so many outfits. Not only are they made from locally sourced leather, but they are also made to help you maintain traction no matter what type of surfaces you encounter!
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4. TOMS Earthwise
Love them or hate them, these canvas shoes are not going anywhere anytime soon! TOMS’ Earthwise line shoes are made from recycled materials like polyester and post-consumer plastic bottles. Additionally, the outsoles are derived from sugarcane! These shoes are designed to leave a smaller carbon footprint and for comfort. They are super breathable and the insoles can be washed to make sure your feet are always smelling fresh!
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5. Rothys Pointed Toe Flats
All of the shoes by Rothys are made from eco friendly materials from the thread to the soles! Their thread is made from plastic water bottles and the places beneath the insoles are made from bio-based algae. Every material these shoes are comprised of carefully chosen and crafted to ensure that your shoes will last! Plus, you can wash these on a cold cycle in the washing machine to keep them nice and clean.
6. ABLE Rojas Mule
If you want the look of a bootie but want to slip your shoes on, these mules might be the perfect eco friendly shoes for you! These mules are handmade in Brazil so each pair are slightly different from the next. This brand is all about employing and empowering women by providing jobs and fair wages! So it’s a win all around.
7. Sezane Lea Boots
Not only does this brand create beautiful clothing and shoes, but 70% of the materials that they use are environmentally friendly! From Oeko-Tex certified silk, to organic cotton, to vegetable tanned leather, this company is stepping up and doing their part to be as eco friendly as possible. Try these gorgeous gold booties out for yourself!
8. Nothing New Low Top Sneakers
If you love the look of Converses, then these eco friendly shoes are for you! Not only do these low top sneakers come in different colors, but they are also made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic in addition to other sustainable materials. These will cost you around double the usual cost of Converses price-wise! In the long run, they are so much more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
9. The Root Collective Lizzie Boots
All of the fabric for this brand’s products are handwoven by women who are paid fair wages for all their hard work. They are completely transparent when it comes to their products and how much they pay their employees. Making items from hand is much more environmentally friendly than utilizing big manufacturers where they will add more toxic chemicals to the air and have large amounts of waste. These boots are absolutely beautiful and are made of quality leather!
10. Native Shoes Johnny Treklite
If workboots are similar-styled shoes are part of your style, you have to give these Johnny Treklite pink boots a try! Not only is this brand already making great strides in making eco friendly shoes, but they also have a plan for your shoes after they have served their purpose in your life. The way these shoes are made allows them to live on beyond their original form by being reground and used in insulation, playground flooring, and more! You can recycle your shoes by returning them to a store near you or simply mailing them back.
11. Everlane Heels
Sometimes we need to go back to the basics and keep things simple! These heels are designed for all day-wear and are inspired by ballet flats with a comfortable back and more. Everlane utilizes ethical factories and prioritizes transparency in their pricing! Give these heels a try for yourself to experience true comfort this fall.
12. Nisolo Paloma Mules
These handmade vegan leather mules are guaranteed to become your go-to shoes this fall! They are made in factories in Peru and are so sturdy and comfortable you won’t have to take them off in the middle of the day. Just make sure you break them in before wearing them all-day to ensure you are living your most comfortable life!
13. Marais Ankle Boots
You can never go wrong with a cute ankle bootie in the fall time! Mustard yellow is a fall staple and looks absolutely amazing in suede. These shoes are perfect for any time of the year and pair perfectly with dresses, skirts, jeans and more! They’re certainly an investment piece but if you are going to invest money in your wardrobe, you might as well invest it in pieces you will be standing on for hours at a time.
Which of this eco friendly shoes are you going to try out for yourself this fall? Comment your favorites shoes and brands below!
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