Getting ready for warmer days with these sustainable sandals
I’m going to share my dressing secret- I dress from the bottom up. The first article selected is always footwear despite the fact that it gets put on last. Depending on the weather, where I’m going, what I’m doing- it all goes into the very conscious decision. Certain pants have to be worn with heels, some items just go better together but it all starts with the shoes. And when it comes to shoes I’m with my girl Cher from Clueless (a movie I saw probably too many times growing up)when she says “I mean, you see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet!”
As someone who is most comfortable barefoot and likes cold feet, I look forward to when I, along with my feet, can get a little fresh air. Confessions aside, here are my picks for sandals that are sustainable, stylish and sure to put a little spring in your step.
Cri de Coeur means “cry from the heart” in French and symbolizes creators, Gina Ferraraccio and Julie Dicterow, heartfelt desire to change the market with their brand’s ethically produced vegan accessories. I chose these Dove Ankle Strap Platform Sandals for the 3 toned mix of metallic snakeskin, teal and gray (it also comes in an ostrich/mustard/white) because I think they could go with just about anything.
Wedges never seem to go out of style and that is why I picked these vegan ones by Olsen Haus. Not only does the cork wedge make the Mrs. Ropers a breeze to walk in but the red print would add a nice pop to any outfit. Definitely a statement sandal if I ever saw one.
Though not vegan, El Naturalista is dedicated to producing sustainable, high quality products and delivers with the N790 SENDA. With it’s combination of leather, cork/rubber sole and cotton heel these sandals comes in many different colours and is more casual thus making them picnic perfect.
If simple and understated is more your style, may I suggest these Beyond Skin Jackie sandals. Handmade in Spain from a breathable faux-leather, these are their “essential sandal this season”.
Lastly, these unique, one-of-a-kind Mohop wedges are produced with sustainably-sourced wood by former architect Annie Mohaupt and her team of artisans in a Chicago workshop. Mohop shoes can suit any mood as the wearer creates the look with any ribbon or fabric tie laced through the patented sole.