Sustainable Shoes For The Summer

When I was searching for a sustainable chunky shoe style I found the Portuguese footwear brand Nae. Nae means No Animal Exploitation. Cruelty-free, fair wages and good quality are very important for the brand.

All of the products of Nae are manufacture in certified factories in Portugal, where employees are respected as well as the environment. Moreover, they work with natural materials such as cork and pineapple. Recycled materials like airbag and PET – plastic bottles. From their new collection here are my favorites:

Chunky Sneaker Coline

Shoes made from microfiber which gives a leather-look. It has two velcro closures and a chunky wavy sole. It is water resistant, breathable, anti-allergic and very comfortable.
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Nuce Peep ToePeep toe shoes with an open back and a block heel. Made from ecological microfiber. This model has a stripe that fits around the ankle with a silver buckle. The metal buckle is nickel-free.
Shop here

Pink Sandals
The sandal is made from a recycled airbag. The lining made from a breathable and anti-allergy microfiber. The slip sole is made from cork and natural latex. The outsole is made from recycled car Tyres.
Shop here

Open back sandal
The sandals are made from a suede look-alike microfiber (OEKO-TEX Certified). The lining is breathable and anti-allergy. The heel is 5 cm high. The outsole is made from rubber.
Shop here

Ankle strap sandal
Ankle strap sandal with a block 7,5cm heel. Made of ecological and resistant microsuede. Available in black, green, yellow and red.
Shop here

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Use the code ‘ALISSON10’ to get 10% discount at www.nae-vegan.com

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Alisson

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Sustainable Brand: Po-Zu

Fast fashion doesn’t only affect the clothing industry, but the accessories and footwear industry as well. Mass-production eats up resources and sends an average of three pairs of shoes per person to landfill every year. The quest for cheaper and faster production has encouraged the exploitation of workers through long hours, low payments and dangerous working conditions.

Luckily, there are some ethical footwear brands that are busy changing this situation. One of them is called Po-Zu. To them, the worker’s rights are very important. The shoes are made in factories where they are committed to the highest standards of ethical manufacturing, they have a strict non-toxic policy, and they recycle nearly all their waste products, including fabric off-cuts and water.

The materials of their shoes come from naturally renewable sources and are responsibly harvested. They don’t contain pesticides, bleaches or toxic dyes and are locally sourced wherever possible.

On these series of pictures, I am wearing the ‘low cut vegan lace-up’ shoes. They are made from organic cotton and fair trade rubber. The pictures were made in Amersfoort by photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.

Fair trade rubber shoesPo Zu shoesOrganic cotton canvas shoesEthically made shoes

What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Organic Basics Use this code to get 20% discount: OBxsimmonds20 Shop here
Leggings // Stronger
Jacket // Second-hand
Shoes // Po-Zu

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Alisson

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5 ETHICAL, ECO & VEGAN SHOES FOR THE WINTER

Leather alternative quality shoes it is a relatively new product which makes it difficult to find in regular shops. Luckily I found the Dutch webshop “En-&“. The owner: Laura, started the webshop where she only sells eco and vegan shoes. For her, it’s important to wear fashionable shoes, that no animal was needed to be the harm in the process. If you are looking for a more sustainable pair of shoes, then En& is the place to be. After checking out their current collection, I listed out my favorite pairs for you:

1. Bline black or brown

Made from microfibers with a special “leather” look. The microfibers are made from a combination of nylon, cotton, and polyester. The material is OEKO-TEX certified which guarantees that the production don’t make any waste of water or energy. Microfibers are as tough as leather and less prejudicial to the environment.
Shop the boots here

2. Etna airbag white

Ecological, breathable and anti-allergy boots made of recycled airbag. The production comes with the intention of giving a new life to a material that is no longer useful, reusing the nylon present in the airbags and give them a new purpose.
Shop them here

3. Basic black or white

Made out of Pineapple leaf fibers. This fabric is produced by an English company that works with local farmers in The Philippines. The pineapple production is not specifically to make shoes, they only use the pineapple leaves from pineapple that are consumed. The production is made by local farmers where the human rights and the labor laws are respected. Pineapple leaves are waterproof, breathable and anti-allergic.
Shop them here

4. Bare black

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Made from pineapple leaf fibers. Available also in white and gold.
Shop them here
(See here for outfit inspirations with this sweater)

5. Lorena black or brown

Made from ecological breathable microfiber.
Shop them here

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DUTCH FAIR FASHION BRANDS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The 17th of June I attended the Fair Fashion Festival in Rotterdam. It was an afternoon full of inspiring people and brands. I got to know a lot of new brands and here are my favorites:

1. Pretty & Fair

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Pretty & Fair is a Dutch brand that makes shoes from sustainable materials. The Founder, Alinda van Teeckelenburgh worked in the shoe industry for over 15 years. During that time she realized that the production of shoes is more about the numbers and prices than about planet and people. She decided to start her own sustainable shoe label in 2016. She uses materials such as natural rubber for the soles, recycled PET bottles for the zippers and water based glue. The shoes are produced in Portugal by a small family company that offers good working conditions for the makers.

2. Lizet van der Knaap

LIZET VAN DER KNAAP

Lizet van der Knaap is a Dutch fashion designer. She handmakes colorful and beautiful backpacks and totes using sustainable materials.

3. Wolf and Storm

Wolf and Storm

Wolf and Storm is the online destination for sustainable and vegan clothes and accessories. They sell from brands such as Denise Roobol, A Beautiful Story, Matt & Natt, Miss Green, People´s Avenue and a lot more!

4. Natur-el

Natur-el

Natur-el is a fashion store that sells only sustainable brands. Such as Armed Angels, People Tree, Miss Green among others. The address is zwaanshals 33 in Rotterdam.

5. Granny’s Finest

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Granny´s Finest is a Dutch fashion brand. The products are handmade by grannies all around The Netherlands and are designed by young creatives. They use as natural and organic yarns as possible.  During the festival, the founder Niek van Hengel gave an inspiring speech of how the brand started. You can read all about it HERE.
You can find their products in De Bijenkorf, WAAR, Sissy Boy among other stores and they also have an online shop.

I hope you like my selection and check them out.
The next Fair Fashion Festival will be in Utrecht the 22nd of October. Join me and let´s discover more sustainable and fair brands together.

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ETHICALLY MADE SHOES, ARE THEY MORE EXPENSIVE?

If something is biological, sustainably and ethically made, it has the bad reputation of being expensive. Talking about this subject with my friends, made me realize that the reputation might be a reason why people don´t buy this kind of products. While some sustainable brands are indeed more expensive than non-ethical ones, the difference might not be crazy high. And when comparing the quality, the difference in price is really worth it.

I found five of my favorite ethical footwear brands and compared them to a non-ethical one. This way you can see the difference in price and style.

1. Veja and Adidas

Veja vs Adidas 1Veja is a French brand of ecological and fair trade footwear. The shoes are made of organic cotton, wild rubber from the Amazon and vegetable-tanned leather.
The shoes on the left are €130,- and the ones on the right are €94,95

2. Ethletic and Converse

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Ethletic is a German brand that makes fair, sustainable and vegan shoes. ‘All shoes’ are made from fairtrade certified organic cotton and natural rubber soles. Except for the metal eyelets, natural materials are used exclusively.
The shoes on the left are €64,90 and the ones on the right are €65,-
Shop Ethletic shoes HERE.

3. Nae and Vans

Nae vs Vans 1

Nae is a Portuguese footwear brand with a vegan philosophy and concerned with environmental sustainability. They work with alternative materials to leather such as cork, ecological microfibers, pineapple leaves and recycled plastic bottles (PET).
The shoes on the left are €99,- and the ones on the right are €100,-

4. Veja and New Balance

Veja vs NB 1The shoe on the left is made from high-quality and sustainable materials. For the upper material, a mesh made from recycled plastic bottles (PET) is used, while faux suede panels on the toe and heel help to protect against scuffs. The V on the side is made from natural rubber, the sole as well.
The shoes on the left are €99,- and the ones on the right are €100,-

5. Matt & Nat and Zara
Matt & Natt vs Zara 1
Matt & Nat is a Canadian brand that makes vegan footwear and accessories. They use vegan leathers and eco-friendly materials like recycled nylon, cork, and rubber.
The shoes on the left are €85,- and the ones on the right are €49,95.

6. Cosi Cosi and Zara
Cosi red vs Zara 1Cosi Cosi is a German vegan footwear brand. The shoes are made in Italy, often with a creative use of cork and high-quality synthetic leather and their bags are made of 100% recycled plastic bottles.
The shoes on the left are €109,- and the ones on the right are €45,95

I hope this comparison helps you to have an open mind to ethical and sustainable brands. In my opinion, exploiting nature and people is wrong. And unnecessary. Some brands are working hard against it. We, consumers, can decide what products to choose.

For more brands that support fair living wage and the environment, you can check this list that I put out for you. Keep an eye on it, I constantly update it.

P.s.: If you know of a brand that is not on this list, please let me know in the comments below.

With Love,

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