Your Guide to Eco-Conscious and Vegan Shoe Brands
We love seeing all the innovative brands that are revolutionizing the way shoes are made today. From the materials used to how workers are treated, it’s wonderful to see that monumental change is underway to create more eco-friendly and vegan shoes.
Here Are Innovative Brands Making Shoes that Are Both Eco-Friendly and Vegan
Etnies is a cool shoe company that sponsors world-class skate, surfing, and other extreme sports teams. They also give back to local communities with programs like their “Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree” reforestation program. Many of their shoes are made with recycled plastic and recycled rubber.
Natural World Shoes is a Spanish company that’s turning out natural, lightweight, and ultra-comfortable shoes. Pastel colors give each shoe a unique look and unparalleled comfort. In some of their styles, Natural World uses an old world shoe-making technique where they use only two materials per shoe (cotton and rubber) by melding them together at super high temperatures. That means no harmful glues or plastic polymers are used. (They do make some leather and suede styles – let’s put those lines out of business by not buying them! :o)
The People’s Movement, otherwise known as MOVMT, has a clear mission: to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean and on land by turning it into something useful – in this case, really cool shoes. The company talks about making “eco-hip” footwear and accessories, but the simplicity of the term “eco-hip” belies the depth of the mission. Eco hip is not just about looking cool. Eco hip stands for where we are in our modern world, when shoes are no longer just shoes; they can a means for solving bigger problems – not just preventing a stubbed toe!
MOVMT collects plastic bags in Bali that would otherwise be thrown away and blends them with environmentally-friendly materials to make the fabrics for their shoes. They support the nonprofit 5 Gyres, which also focuses on reducing plastic pollution through oceanic research, community collaboration, and action.
MOVMT shoes are casual and comfortable and come in a variety of colors and styles. In addition to recycled plastic, you’ll find styles in other eco-friendly materials, like organic cotton canvas.
Be sure to check out more eco-conscious shoe brands in our ultimate flip flops guide: “11 Shoe Brands that Make Eco-Friendly, Ethical, and Vegan Flip Flops.”
And for more vegan shoe brands, see our Vegan Boots Guide.
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