Article written by Jen Cassamajor.
We all know that feeling, right ? When you’ve finally come up with THE right outfit but can’t figure out what shoes to wear. Well, we can’t promise that it won’t ever happen again but let’s say that you now not only have more options but even better, sustainable options as the shoe industry is not exempt from all the issues caused by mass production and fashion manufacturing (The Issues With The Fast Fashion Industry). Here is our selection of sustainable shoe brands that will take your outfits to the next level.
Brother Vellies : The Sexiest
@jaycina wearing the Gemini Wedge Sandals
Founded in 2013, Brother Vellies was created with the goal to keep traditional African design practices and techniques alive. The brand works with farmers and artisans from around the globe - South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Italy, Haiti and its hometown New York City - and makes it a point of honor to guarantee them fair labor practices. Its founder and creative director Aurora James benefits from her experience in fashion, journalism, art, music, photography and even horticulture to imagine unique and colorful pieces. The materials used are mainly vegetable-tanned leathers, soling from recycled tires, hand carved wood and floral dyed feathers. If you’re looking for original yet sexy shoes, Brother Vellies is definitely your go-to !
Alohas : The Most Timeless
@aguiarscamila wearing the East Black Boots
As you may have guessed by its name, Alohas was founded in Hawaii in 2015. Based in Barcelona, the brand has become one of the first names popping up when looking for sustainable shoe brands. At the center of Alohas business model is an on-demand production process. You can actually get up to a 30% discount when pre ordering a piece from a new drop. The pieces are produced locally, in the region of Alicante, Spain. Alohas is probably the best brand to go for if you’re looking for classic pieces to add to your wardrobe as the designs are perfect for everyday casual outfits.
Reformation : The Trendiest
@ktzahorak wearing the Nylah Nappa Knee Boots
You probably know Reformation for its clothes but did you know that they actually offer quite a wide range of shoes as well ? The brand applies the same philosophy as for its clothes : every design - created in their factory in Los Angeles - is produced in limited quantities to avoid waste. The brand has also committed to be Climate Positive by 2025. If you’re looking for trendy shoes, you’ve come to the right place !
Miista : The Most Original
@cristinamusacchio wearing the Brenda Boots
Laura Villasenin founded Miista with an intention : playing with shapes and materials without ever sacrificing quality, wearability or price. The designs are the result of the encounter of the founder’s Spanish heritage with more modern inspirations, using Italian leathers and unexpected materials. Although the brand doesn’t claim to be a sustainable company, it is moving in that direction through different decisions, including investing in their own production company in North Spain to reduce their supply chain and stay in control of their daily waste.
Veja : The Comfiest
@allisguijarro wearing the Esplar Leather Sneakers
This one doesn’t really need introduction anymore but we still had to mention it as it is, even after 17 years of existence, still the best option when it comes to sustainable sneakers. Yes, as much as we love heels, we do get that sometimes comfort is key and Veja definitely has found a way to make comfort sustainable. Produced in Brazil, their designs are made of Brazilian and Peruvian cotton, Amazonian rubber and various innovative materials conceived in recycled plastic bottles or recycled polyester.