Eco Friendly Shoes
By Elena Lipson aka theEcoDiva
What Is An Eco Friendly Shoe?
Whether you are running, climbing or walking, you know that shoes really do make the outfit.
Today you are much more aware of each purchase you make and it is great to know that you can
go green when it comes to fabulous footwear for all your needs. Gone are the days of boxy hemp
shoes and sandals that were eco friendly and great for the earth but seriously lacked any sort of
Lucky for you, the choice of designs, colors and materials in green shoes has grown by leaps and
bounds. Eco friendly shoes are sexy, stylish and beautiful. Shoe designers have taken eco shoes
to the next level with a blend of creativity and the use of an amazing array of materials from
inner tubes to hemp. Whether you are looking for a fabulous three inch heel to go dancing in or
comfortable running shoes for the entire family, you can choose eco friendly shoes for all.
Besides recycled inner tubes and hemp, here are some other natural materials you will find in an
eco friendly shoe:
recycled car tires
recycled carpet padding
crepe (natural rubber from the hevea tree)
Why Choose Eco Friendly Shoes?
Some people prefer to spend their money on eco friendly shoes to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle.
Others are more concerned about sustainability of the planet and how the materials used in
making shoes, such as leather, affects animals and the environment. Yet others are bothered by
the use of toxic materials, such as glue used in making most shoes and how those toxins are
absorbed into our bodies and affect our overall health. Whatever your motive is for choosing eco
friendly shoes, you are most definitely not alone.
Eco Friendly Women’s Shoes
In the past, if you were interested making an eco conscious selection in purchasing a shoe there
were simply not many choices available. Simply avoiding animal based products such as leather
left you with a small array of not so pretty canvas shoes. The companies and designers crafting
eco friendly shoes today have demonstrated that you do not have to sacrifice style to be socially
conscious. Shoe stores around the country are catching the green wave and realizing the need to
add eco friendly shoe options to their selection. If you cannot find any local stores who carry
earth friendly options, make sure to ask the owner to make the change. Until then, there are
wonderful online retailers offering a wide selection of eco friendly footwear. Here is a list some
wonderful brands creating unique, beautiful eco friend shoes.
Mohop.com – Here is a remarkable brand created, designed and handmade by Annie Mohaupt.
With just one pair of wooden soles, Annie allows you to create unlimited looks by simply
changing the ribbon of your shoe. Each wooden sole is created in Chicago using sustainable
wood. See the entire collection at http://www.mohop.com
Charmone.com – Combine luxury, cruelty-free plus a unique sexy style and you have defined
Charmone shoes. With a conscious effort to protect animals, people and the planet, each shoe is
ethically made in Italy and Brazil without the use of sweatshops. Charmone Shoes also donates
5% of profits to charities which support animals, people and the environment. Visit their
collection at http://www.Charmone.com
TerraPlana.com – A unique eco shoe line, Terra Plana has found many ways to minimize waste
and toxin use in their designs. They focus on funky designs which, because of the architecture of
the shoe, requires no glue or very little glue. Other designs feature recycled materials such as
recycled PET bottles for mesh, recycled rice husks for soling materials, recycled leather and
recycled foam for foot-beds. Visit this unique line of shoes at TerraPlana.com
Olsen Haus – This beautiful line of vegan shoes created by Elizabeth Olsen shows that vegan can
be sexy. Olsen uses sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, in these stunning designs. At
around $100-$200, ethical luxury is actually attainable. Find them at www.mooshoes.com
Think! – One of my favorite eco shoe companies that you will love is Think! Shoes. Think!
creates sustainable, comfortable styles for men and women. They say, “Think! creates shoes that
are good for your feet.” Using all-natural materials, we craft them with love and respect for the
tradition of shoe-making.” Find their sustainable line at http://www.thinkshoesusa.com
Simple Shoes – A funky line of comfortable, hip and natural shoes for men, women and children
using materials such as recycled inner tubes, recycled car tires and bamboo. As their name
indicates, since 1991, Simple has focused on creating a counterculture to the overhyped and
overdesigned shoes of today. Featuring their line of 100% natural material shoes, the Green Toe
collection, Simple Shoes is paving the way towards fully sustainable shoe production and design.
Find them at http://www.simpleshoes.com
Zoe and Zac – You already know about the low low prices at Payless Shoes. But, you may have
avoided it like many people because of the low low quality of materials used. Payless has been
the throw away trendy shoe of the last decade. But things are changing. Well known eco model,
Summer Rayne Oakes, has joined forces with Payless Shoes to create an eco friendly line of
shoes that are extremely well priced and pretty darn cute. The entire collection for women and
girls is under $30. From environmentally responsible packaging, to water based glues, Payless
has done a wonderful thing for you and your Mother Earth. Find them at
http://www.zoeandzac.com and Payless.com
El Naturalista – This unique line of shoes features themselves as a lifestyle brand they call ‘a
way of being’. They want you to feel good and comfy when you are walking through life
wearing their shoes and feel so good that you want to buy another pair. This brand reflects focus
human values combined with a respect for nature. This company not only makes sustainable and
beautiful shoes, but they also help poor communities around the world. El Naturalista uses only
natural dyes, avoids toxic products, uses recyclable and recycled materials and always uses the
least harmful materials. Check them out at http://www.elnaturalista.com.
Eco Friendly Kids Shoes
When it comes to choosing eco friendly shoes, we can’t forget the sweet tootsies of infants and
children. Our feet actually absorb an amazing amount of chemicals. The pores on the soles of our
feet are quite large and absorb amazingly well, even from the surfaces we walk on. That’s why it
is important to pay extra special attention to what goes on to our little one’s feet. Luckily, some
of the same brands that make eco friendly shoes for adults have not forgotten about little feet.
Here are a few online brands that make comfortable, supportive eco friendly shoes for kids of all
North Face Shoes at REI.com
Shopping for Eco Friendly Shoes Online