12 Rope Sandals for Women and Men that Are Cute, Cool and Comfortable

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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.

The 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 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

Nomadic 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. JC Rope Sandals by Nomadic State of Mind

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 Style Rope Sandals by Nomadic State of Mind

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

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 for Men and Women by EarthnSol

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

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

Eco-Friendly and Vegan Brown Moksha Rope Sandals

EarthnSol’s comfy Moksha Sandals comes in brown.

Price $39.95.

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Hemp Rope Sandals by Janice Winner

Janice Winner imports a variety of eco-friendly hemp sandals and other accessories from China, which you can see in her Etsy store.

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.

7. Natural Thong-Style Hemp Rope Sandals

Natural Thong-Style Hemp Rope SandalsThese hemp rope sandals have flattering toe and ankle straps. They come in natural beige.

Price: $45.00

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8. Men’s and Women’s Flip Flop Style Hemp Rope Sandals

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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9. Black and Natural Straw Hemp Rope Sandals

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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10. Men’s and Women’s Hemp Rope Slide Sandals

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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11. Ladies’ Ethnic Hemp and Jute Leg Lace Sandals by Siam Tip

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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12. Barefoot Rope Sandals by Ahyoka Africa

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:

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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