Ethical Shoe Brands

BHAVA

No more fashion victims, please. Because animals, the planet, the workers and you deserve better. The NYC-based vegan company BHAVA Studio believes that it’s not necessary to use leather for premium footwear. All their fabulous boots & booties, pumps & heels, flats & sandals are made from eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, hand-painted embossed cork and premium recycled microfibers. Each pair of BHAVA Studio shoes gets tested for comfort and durability when walked throughout in NYC. Their timeless styles are constructed with repairable soles so they last you for years. Ships to anywhere in the world.

 

 

CAPSULE BCN

The good people at Capsule are working to bring back “the art of the handmade”. Traditionally, everything was handmade, before machines and automation was even a twinkle in their inventor’s eye. Over time, these artisan skills are slowly lost. Capsule is rediscovering them and reviving them in a big way. They have sourced skilled artisans from across Africa and Europe to create beautiful, unique pieces that bring life back to these old traditions. Their work helps these artisans make a meaningful living with their craft while bringing awareness to the plight of some of these lost arts. These ethically created, handcrafted pieces are gentle on those who make them, as well as the planet.

CÉMÉLE

These vegan avant-garde shoes are designed by Coline Burckel in Paris. No plastic but almost only biodegradable materials such as pure rubber milk for the soles, metal zippers or vegan wax (to make their shoes waterproof) are used to produce these stylish sandals, sneakers, and derbies. Their brand signature is wood material which has a unique aesthetic and comes in different shades. All components of each pair come from Europe and are manufactured by skilled artisans in their workshop in Spain. Some of their shoes are unisex, and hence partner look-approved.

COCLICO

Slow production, slow consumption, NYC-based shoe brand Coclico slows down the environmental impact: Coclico designs are timeless, meant to look beautiful season after season. Founder Sandra Canselier comes from a long line of French shoemakers and continues the tradition with Coclico, overseeing the brands handcrafted production in Spain. The modern, clean architectural silhouettes are designed at their headquarters in NYC. Coclico works with natural materials such as wood, cork and natural-tanned leather, seeking the highest standards of environmental responsibility.

 

FEIT

Each and every pair of FEIT is crafted by experienced hands, not by machines. By creating their products by hand using natural materials, they are creating the best product possible. Machines would never pick up a subtle change in the grain of the vegetable-tanned leather being used. Whereas an experienced human eye would. By using humans rather than machines, FEIT can adapt to the materials, not the other way around and use them in the most sustainable way. Fewer machines also mean fewer emissions and ultimately a much smaller impact on the environment. FEIT shoes are constructed of 100% natural materials so they are gentle on your skin, and gentle on the environment.

MARITA MORENO

One can tell that founder Marita Setas is an artist. Her distinctive, geometric and contemporary shoe and bag designs already impressed at the NYFW. They impress the environment, too: the Portuguese fashion brand only works with sustainable materials such as wool, leather, cotton, silk or cork, using ecological practices. They have a close relationship with certified artisans who handcraft their unique pieces in a small family factory in Portugal. Their Miramar Line is 100% vegan. All products from Marita Moreno Limited are limited to a series of a maximum of 100 pieces. You will definitely have all eyes on you when wearing them!

SLOWERS

Organic, vegan and bonito: Maria and her four-legged friends Ringo founded the vegan footwear label out of love for nature, animals, and people. Slowers offers cork wedge sandals, espadrilles and many more shoes for women and men. They produce ethically and don’t use any animal materials, hence all Slowers products are 100% leather-free. Instead, they use GOTS-certified organic cotton, linen, hemp, natural cork and other natural materials. Ringo is one of Maria’s greatest inspirations. He taught her many things such as walking at a slower pace and believing in her heart and intuition.

TAYLOR & THOMAS

Taylor + Thomas is a sustainable, cruelty-free, luxury women’s footwear brand created in downtown Los Angeles. Inspired by muses like Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Jane Birkin, you can find 70s rebellion, self-actualization, and freedom of expression in each of their chic shoe designs. Forward-thinking and future-orientated, the two co-founders Jessica Taylor Mead and Elizabeth Thomas James place great importance on the health of our planet, animals, and people without compromising high quality. They use vegan materials such as water and vegetable-based PU, FSC-certified sustainably harvested beech wood, recycled rubber, castor beans, and more. Plus, their packaging is entirely made from recycled, upcycled, and recyclable materials.

ZOURI

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Worldwide more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. More and more fish, seabirds, sea turtles and other marine mammals have been found with plastic in or around their bodies. And if we don’t change our lifestyle, the ocean will have more plastic than fish by 2050. Together with Zouri you can make a change, step by step: the eco-vegan footwear brand uses plastic waste they collect from the ocean to make their sandals. With each pair, Zouri upcycles about 6 plastic water bottles. We are all in the same boat, so help make our oceans plastic free. For a better future. 

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