19 Rope Sandals for Women and Men: Hemp Rope & More

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Rope Sandals for Men and Women

While they’re sometimes referred to as “Jesus sandals,” rope sandals were around long before Jesus made his miraculous walk on water. In fact, not only are rope sandals old, they’re the most enduring shoe trend of all time.

The oldest pair of shoes ever discovered was a pair of rope sandals that was found in Fort Rock Cave, Oregon in 1938. According to Wikipedia, Fort Rock Cave is the location of the earliest evidence of human habitation in the United States.

These ancient sandals were radiocarbon-dated to being from 9,000 to 13,000 years old. They comprised a simple platform that was made from woven sagebrush bark, with rope straps that were also made from plants. (Something every vegan yearns for: plant-based shoes!) The sandals were preserved under a layer of volcanic ash.

The sandals are now part of the Oregon Historical Society’s collection, and they can be seen at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene, Oregon.

The oldest shoes ever discovered were rope sandals.

The oldest shoes ever discovered.
The oldest pair of shoes ever found: rope sandals made with sagebrush bark. Photo: Oregon Historical Society.

I was happy to find a selection of rope sandals for women and men that have modern accoutrements, including soles that are probably a lot more comfortable than sagebrush bark, but that still maintain some eco-conscious attributes.

 

Rope Sandals by Nomadic State of Mind

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Nomadic Rope SandalsNomadic State of Mind upcycles their classic, vegan rope sandals from scrapped rugs, handbags, and water bottle carries. All of their sandals are handmade.

The company has started by Chris Anderson in the 1990s. An avid adventurer, he started his company while traveling around in his 1969 VW Bus. This adventurous lifestyle is the foundation of the company’s philosophy and it feeds into their products. Nomadic State of Mind also makes clothing with organic cotton and recycled fabrics.

Oh, and for all you water-loving adventurers, if your sandals come off in a river or lake, no worries – they’ll float.

Here’s a video about Nomadic State of Mind’s Eco-Friendly Rope Sandals:

1. Jesus Rope Sandals by Nomadic State of Mind for Men and Women

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Women’s Recycled Rope Sandals by Nomadic State of Mind These classic rope sandals are vegan and made with recycled materials. They come in six different colors, including black, denim blue, green, gray, camel, and bone. They’re machine washable and they float. They fit both men’s and women’s feet.

Prices: $38.00 – $42.00
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2. Women’s Gladiator Rope Sandals by Nomadic State of Mind

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Women’s Black Gladiator Style Rope Sandals by Nomadic State of MindThese rope sandals are 100% vegan and eco-friendly. You’ll love the gladiator look! They’re made with recycled polypropylene rope. They come in two colors: black and camel. And, they’re machine washable.

Price $42.00

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3. Nomadic State of Mind Moksha Sandal for Men and Women

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Nomadic State of Mind Recycled Rope Sandals - MokshaThis flip flop-style rope sandal fits men’s and women’s feet. It comes in camel and comfortably wraps around your toes.

Price $19.00

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Recycled Rope Sandals by EarthnSol

EarthnSol is another brand that makes eco-friendly and vegan sandals with reclaimed carpet rope.

4. Romano Rope Sandal by EarthnSol for Women and Men

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Romana Rope Sandals by EarthnSol

These lightweight sandals are machine washable and made with upcycled carpet rope. They’re handmade and they fit both men’s and women’s feet. These are also available in black.

Price: $39.95

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5. Mama and Pappa Rope Sandals by EarthnSol – Unisex

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Reclaimed Rope Sandals in Blue and Gray by EarthnSol

This unisex style by EarthnSol comes in tan and black or navy and gray.

Price: $39.95

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6. EarthnSol Moksha Sandal

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Eco-Friendly and Vegan Brown Moksha Rope Sandals

EarthnSol’s comfy Moksha Sandals comes in brown.

Price $39.95.

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7. Organic Jute with Recycled Tire Rope Sandals by Kemis

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Organic Jute with Recycled Tire Soles Rope Sandals

These eco-friendly and vegan sandals are handmade in Ethiopia with organic jute rope, and the soles are made from recycled tires. They have an adjustable back strap, and they’re cushioned for extra comfort. They’re also lightweight so it feels like you’re not wearing any shoes at all. They fit both men’s and women’s feet. Check out more of Kemis’ handmade Ethiopian fashions in their Etsy store.

Price: $59.00

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8. Handmade Rope Sandals by Ropals

Handmade Vegan Rope Sandals by Ropals

Ropals also hand makes a few different styles of vegan rope sandals using polypropylene rope.

Price: $29.99 – $36.99

 

Hemp Rope Sandals

Hemp is a sustainable material that doesn’t require heavy pesticide and herbicide use to grow. It’s naturally anti-microbial, which means these sandals will maintain a good smell, even if you’re running around and sweating in them on a hot summer day! Hemp also softens with wear, like your favorite pair of blue jeans.

9. Natural Thong-Style Hemp Rope Sandals

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Natural Thong-Style Hemp Rope SandalsJanice Winner imports a variety of hemp sandals and other accessories from China, which you can see in her Etsy store. (Beware, she does have some styles, not shown here, that use pig’s skin in the soles, so please read the product details.)These hemp rope sandals have flattering toe and ankle straps. They come in natural beige.

Price: $45.00

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10. Flip Flop-Style Hemp Rope Sandals for Men and Women

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Sustainable Hemp Rope Flip-Flop Style Sandals in Tan and BrownHere’s another style that’s imported by Janice Winner. They’re made with eco-friendly, sustainable, and vegan hemp. They’ll fit men’s and women’s feet.

Price: $40.00

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11. Black and Natural Straw Hemp Rope Sandals

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Minimalist, Natural Vegan Sandals, Straw and HempThese minimalist sandals are handmade with soft black straps and straw soles.

Price: $25.00
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12. Hemp Rope Sandal Slides for Women and Men

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Sustainable Hemp Rope Slide SandalsIf you prefer comfortable slide style sandals, these natural hemp sandals will do the trick. They’ll fit men’s or women’s feet.

Price: $45.00

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13. Men’s Rope Sandals by Bergort

Men's Blue Rope Sandals by BergortThese casual men’s rope sandals by Bergort have flexible, rubber non-skid soles and they’re made with synthetic straps. They come in blue, black, and brown.

Price: $23.79

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14. Women’s Vegan Tuk Tuk Sandals by the Hidden Treasure Co.

Women's Vegan Rope Sandals

These Tuk Tuk rope sandals are handmade in Thailand. The rope is synthetic and the insole is faux leather. These vegan rope sandals come in a variety of color combinations. The outsoles are made with rubber, so you get a little extra cushioning and traction when you walk. Lightweight and comfortable, they make great travel sandals.

Vegan Rope Sandals in Green and Black

Price: ~$39.00

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15. Women’s Vegan Rope Flip Flop Sandals by Everlax

Vegan Rope Sandals in RedThese comfy flip flop-style rope sandals come in a variety of colors, including red, black, orange, gray, and navy blue.

Price $11.99 – $15.99

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16. Handmade Rope Sandals by Natural and Co.

Vegan Slide Rope Sandals

These simple flip flop-style slide rope sandals come in turquoise blue, gray multi, black multi, and yellow.

Price: ~$21.95

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17. Lace Up Espadrille Sandals by Topshop

Lace Up Espadrille Sandal by Topshop

These cute ladies’ espadrilles come in nude and black. They’ve got a textile upper with satin cords that wind up your ankles. The platform is ¾”.

Price: $45.00

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18. Ladies’ Jute and Hemp Rope Sandals with Laces by Siam Tip

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Colorful, Ethnic Hemp and Jute Leg Lace SandalsThese colorful lace-up sandals are a fun mix of boho and gladiator. They’re made with eco-friendly hemp and jute, and they have natural rubber soles. The braided jute rope wraps up your leg with a sexy look, and colorful ethnic fabric accents complete the look.

Price: $45.00

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19. Barefoot Rope Sandals by Ahyoka Africa

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Barefoot Sandals - Lavender Hemp RopeIf they don’t have soles, are they still sandals? I think so! These barefoot rope sandals are too adorable to not include here. They’re handmade in South Africa with lavender hemp cords and silver beads by Ahyoka Africa.

Price: $23.20

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Happy Summer!

If you’d like to see more eco-friendly and vegan sandals, check out these posts:

Crochet Sandals for Women

Women's Crochet Sandals

 

Men’s Hemp Sandals

Men's Hemp Sandals

 

Recycled, Vegan, and Eco-Friendly Flip Flops

Eco-Friendly and Recycled Flip Flops

 

Vegan Sport Sandals for Men and Women

Vegan Sport Sandals for Men and Women

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