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What To Wear When Covid-19 Is Over: The Sustainable Edit

The Winslow Dress in Ivory Р£260 РReformation

I was watching one of my favourite fashion influencers the other day and she turned the camera around to show the floor of her bedroom. You literally couldn’t see the bottom of it for packages – clothes half in half out of boxes, heels poking here and there. She said: “I told you – when I’m bored – I just shop!” How amazing would it be for that to be your job? Well, I decided to join her. I’m not going to be posting about fast fashion brands, but I am going to be making some sustainable stylist recommendations for your wardrobe. This is for you dear reader – each outfit is styled from hand-picked mindful fashion brands and themed to suit your needs this upcoming summer… when COVID-19 is far behind us…

The Summer Wedding

Beautiful long flowing dresses, champagne fizzing from the bottle into your waiting glass, happy chatter amongst the guests, and the scent of roses from the bride’s bouquet… Summer weddings. There’s nothing quite like them. For me, soft heels and delicate jewellery are a must. I pair these with an elegant maxi dress and eye-catching headpiece for full-on glamour to stand out amongst the crowd. Insider tip: just don’t outshine the bride! ūüėČ

Winslow Dress in Macademia Р£290 РReformation

Reformation is one of my favourite go-to brands for occasion wear. They are working to minimise their impact on the environment and each item has a group of stats with it that shows how much waste and water was saved in the making when compared to other fast fashion brands. The Winslow Dress in Macademia has saved:

  • 7.0 lbs of carbon dioxide
  • 3.0 gal. of water
  • 1.3 lbs. of waste

Pearl Headband Small Р£1,260 РJane Taylor London

If you’re on the hunt for a statement headpiece that you’ll wear with everything from dressing for garden parties to attending Ladies Day at the races then look no further than the eye-catching luxury pieces by Jane Taylor London. Before she became the sought-after milliner to dress The Royal Family in England, Jane Taylor started her business while living on a houseboat in Kew, London in 2007. Seven years later, she launched her boutique and studio on the King’s Road. I love to keep shopping local! If you’re looking for something more affordable, try these DIY hair pieces and flower crowns from Sophie & Luna or buy one pre-made!

Rose Halo Necklace in Rose Gold Р£79 РLee Renee Jewellery

This Rose Gold Halo set from Lee Renee Jewellery suits the whimsical floral print on our maxi dress perfectly. All Lee Renne Jewellery is handmade in her London studio from recycled silver. You can pair the necklace with the single matching slider earring and to give your look a quirky twist, I recommend adding the Ladybird Bracelet in Rose Gold.

Ladybird Bracelet in Rose Gold Р£58 РLee Renee Jewellery

Now for shoes. A nude or soft pink heel to match, preferably something sturdy to give your feet a rest from all that standing. These are RAFA USA, handmade in Los Angeles and crafted from recycled textiles. The Simple Sandal in colour Gobi is a good choice but they do many other shades too.

The Simple Sandal, Gobi – $250 – RAFA USA

Finally, our clutch. Since we’re wearing a pearl headband and our jewellery is dainty, a petite clutch bag is a must. To keep it sustainable, I prefer to shop for vintage finds, like this vintage pearlescent bag from the 1950s that I found on Etsy.

1950’s Vintage Pearlescent Beaded Evening Bag – ¬£35 – MyVintage

The Beach Holiday

Sand, sea, sunshine… breeze in your hair, salt-spray on your lips, the cry of gulls above you… oh how I wish I was at the beach. Shopping for bikinis and swimwear is bringing me that little bit closer though! And I know the perfect brand to keep it sustainable: Fisch Swim. I like an understated, smart resort wear look at the beach. Think Coco Chanel circa 1937 if she’d worn a swimsuit.

This black one-piece has caught my eye…

Rajalin Jet Black – $260 – Fisch Swim

This Rajalin Jet Black one-piece is inspiring all my beachside dreams. Its fabric is woven in Italy and 65% of this swimsuit is made from the sustainable material Econyl¬ģ (fishing nets and nylon waste).

Long Khadi Cotton Kaftan Mila – La Mandarine Beachwear

And something ethical to cover it up with – I love kaftans. They’re the best thing to throw on when you’ve spent a heavenly day at the beach and the sun is just starting to dip beyond the horizon. This long kaftan is handmade in India using the traditional Indian techniques of hand printing and hand embroidery, and this piece is hand-loomed too. I also like the Delphine Embroidered Kaftan – ¬£55.00 – if you’re looking for something shorter.

Summer Seagrass – $139 – Will & Bear

Whilst on the hunt for sustainable hat brands, I came across Will & Bear and my sun hat issues were solved. All their hats are made from 100% natural or recycled materials and for every hat sold, they’ve partnered with Trees.org, to plant 10 trees in West Africa as a way of giving back to the planet and their community. You can read more about their story and their factories here.

Sable Noir Vegan – 70,00‚ā¨ – Momoc Shoes

Carrying on with Chanel herself in mind, my top pick for beach shoes would be this vegan lace-up style by Momoc Shoes. All their items are made sustainably in Spain. The soles of these particular shoes, for example, are made from recycled rubber. Perfect for comfort and grip whilst walking along the sand.

Upcycled Sail Cloth Beach Bag with Pocket Р£54 РSails & Canvas

Now on to our bag. It turns out – upcycling old boat sails into tote bags is a thing! And I am so happy it is! This Sailcloth Beach Bag from Sails & Canvas is a total hit from me. Not only is it reducing waste by reusing sails that would otherwise be thrown away, it is also very roomy, waterproof and great for the beach! I searched through loads of brands online offering a similar thing but this one’s design stood out.

The City Break

My ideal city break would include…

  • Breakfast at a cafe that serves pancakes
  • Sight-seeing in comfy trainers
  • A glass of refreshing Pinot Grigio at lunch
  • A stroll, hand in hand with a lover (or loved one) down the embankment to the river
  • Shopping in independent bookshops and vintage boutiques
  • Dinner at a restaurant with views of the city

So my outfit would need to go effortlessly from day to night. I’ve chosen a cream lightweight silk slip dress and bright white trainers to keep it simple yet chic, with a black vegan backpack and vintage leather jacket to throw on in the evening – all ethically made or sustainably sourced in line with our mindful mindset.

The Sumi Slip Dress Р£110 РClemmie Rose

Clemmie Rose is a women-run fashion brand which focuses on empowering women by providing a safe and fair working environment for them to thrive in. Their About page says: “Made by women, for women… a luxury and ethically focused fashion brand that aims to support and empower women from all different walks of life… These pieces are made with love by a team of strong, fierce, brave and exceptionally talented ladies in a small and safe factory in South India that focuses on providing sustainability to better the life of a woman who has previously been in a vulnerable situation and had a low chance of employment”. Hats off to that.

Black Lamb Bomber by Dolce&Gabbana – $1,208.90 – Found on Tradesy

Looking for an investment streetwear piece you can throw on over anything to give it that edgy, ‘fresh off a road trip’ look? I highly recommend a preloved luxury leather jacket. Leather lasts forever so this will immediately become one of your wardrobe staples. This one is from Tradesy, a luxury fashion resale marketplace on a mission to clean up the fashion industry. In 2019, Tradesy reached $1 billion in sales – “equivalent to 25,000 garbage trucks of fashion waste prevented, with the same environmental impact of taking 100,000 cars off the road”. This brand encourages customers to sell any unused clothes hanging in their closets on their resale platform, whilst also offering rare and luxury finds for these same customers’ next shopping spree, thus creating a circular fashion economy. Pretty clever, no? If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, check out Beyond Retro’s vintage leather jackets here.

Solid Gold Interlocking Stud Earrings Р£275 РLily Flo Jewellery

I’m also obsessed with gold chain jewellery at the moment. I think it makes such a statement when paired with a streetwise yet feminine outfit. These Solid Gold Interlocking Stud Earrings from Lily Flo Jewellery are a striking addition to a dainty silk slip dress and oversized leather jacket. Lily Flo Jewellery is an ethical, fine jewellery brand, who handmake all their jewellery in London. I recommend the Eternity Round Link Chain Bracelet and Interlaced Gold Chain Necklace to match.

Interlaced Gold Chain Necklace Р£1,896 РLily Flo Jewellery

Looking for budget-friendly jewellery alternatives? Check out the 100% brass, handmade and Fair Trade, jewellery on People Tree here. These pieces are made by Bombolulu, “a Fair Trade social business in Kenya that creates beautiful hand made jewellery. Bombolulu provides opportunities for people who have physical disabilities”.

Venturi Hexamesh Gravel Natural Grey – 140,00 ‚ā¨ – Veja

Trainers! I LOVE shopping for ethically made trainers. Veja is the company I turn to time and again for effortlessly chic, comfy trainers. Just some of the great things about this brand:

  • They use organic cotton, recycled polyester and recycled plastic bottles in their trainers
  • The soles are made with wild rubber from the Amazonian rainforest, utilising traditional sourcing techniques of native communities to forage it sustainably for them
  • Each pair of shoes is made mindfully in Brazil in fair, transparent working conditions with the goal of providing many new jobs to workers in their local community

You can learn more about their mission here.

MIA Pinatex Backpack – 195,00 ‚ā¨ – Maravillas Bags

And now, the perfect companion to any conscious city break – a vegan backpack made from Pi√Īatex‚ĄĘ and crafted mindfully in Mallorca, Spain. Pi√Īatex‚ĄĘ is “an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile made from pineapple leaf fibres… a green and animal-friendly alternative to leather and petroleum-based materials”. Check out how to care for your Pi√Īatex‚ĄĘ bag here.

The Dinner Date

Whether it’s out with your girlfriends or the love of your life, dinner dates are an essential part of our calendar. Getting dressed up in your slinkiest LBD, sparkling with that new diamond bracelet, and bronzing your cheekbones until they shine and shimmer because it makes YOU feel good. That’s when the compliments come flooding in and that warm fizzling sensation in your stomach. Who said romance was dead? It’s just on our terms.

Ava Dress Р£48 РBullet

I’m one of those ladies who doesn’t like to flaunt it. My Little Black Dress gives everyone a taster – a bare shoulder here, a low-cut back there. Bullet offers the perfect understated yet sexy yet slightly androgynous (which I LOVE) piece in the form of their Ava dress in black. It also comes in a range of other colours at budget-friendly prices. Bullet is a small independent fashion brand based in Liverpool who moved into e-commerce in 2015.

Wedge Necklace Gold Р£145 РLittle by Little Jewellery

The best thing about an LBD is that you can really spice it up with accessories. Add a splash of colour to your wrists, neck and ears with The Wedge Collection from ethical jewellers Little by Little Jewellery. This collection is inspired by the ‘vivid green’ found in the watermelon slice and is crafted from gold plated 925 Sterling Silver and green enamel. To match, find the Wedge Bangle and Wedge Ear Jackets here.

Wedge Ear Jackets Р£100 РLittle by Little Jewellery

Wedge Bangle Р£115 РLittle by Little Jewellery

Little by Little Jewellery is partnered with the Luminary Bakery – an innovative “social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women to build a future for themselves. We provide a safe and professional environment where women can grow holistically… We use baking as a tool to take women on a journey to employability and entrepreneurship, equipping them with transferrable skills for the working world”. You can read more about their ethos here.

Nina Gold Tumbled Vegan Leather Strappy Sandals Р£225 РBeyond Skin

I’m going neutral for my shoes and bag to make the green colour really pop. These Nina Gold Tumbled Strappy Heels are vegan and mindfully made in Spain by cruelty-free shoe brand Beyond Skin.

The Envelope Chain Crossbody in Ivory Lizard Р£60 РJW Pei

And finally, our bag. This cute yet smart little envelope crossbody bag can also double up as a clutch if you tuck the chain inside – two bags in one! JW Pei have been on my radar as a one-to-watch sustainable bag company for a few years now. They even made my Sustainable Shopping List for Meghan Markle – Our Next Princess To-Be back in 2018. Just a few great things to expect from your new bag:

  • Minimalist design and sustainable vegan materials
  • Linings made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Bodies made from eco-friendly non-leather material alternative¬†Patina‚ĄĘ which needs no water or pesticides to produce

The Open Air Festival

There is a whole other side to me when all is said and done that shuns the ‘elegant/chic’ pristineness and just wants to roll in a tub of sparkly glitter, don massive pieces of jewellery, wear the brightest of colours and get mud all over myself at a music festival. Which is precisely what I’m advocating here. For the ultimate ethical festival look, I recommend sifting through your local vintage or charity shop as I do quite regularly in London. Look for anything with sequins, bohemian patterns and coloured faux fur. I found these on Rokit but you could also check Beyond Retro and eBay:

90’s Gold Sequin Party Blouse – ¬£28 – Rokit

Escada Black Sequin Mini Skirt Р£45 РRokit

When it comes to footwear, I can’t stress this enough: preloved preloved preloved. There is so much to be found on online resale marketplaces like eBay that doesn’t break the bank. Depending on the weather, I’d look for:

Preloved Gladiator Sandals

Preloved Cowboy Boots

Preloved Glitter Trainers

Preloved Wellington Boots

Just make sure under the Condition¬†section that¬†Used¬†is checked so that you are sure it’s preloved. I also found some amazing sequin shorts here.

Now for the all-important GLITTER and FACE GEMS. For eco-glitter, it has to be my old friend Glitterlution. They make biodegradable glitter that doesn’t harm the environment and they do heaps of colours. Check them out here.

For face gems, I recommend finding reusable ones as these aren’t biodegradable or recyclable so when you throw them away they’ll probably end up in landfill and take many hundreds of years to break down, polluting the soil around them. We want to avoid that as much as possible! The Gypsy Shrine offers many reusable face gems – they just advise applying eyelash glue/special FX glue to the edges of the jewel when reusing.

And no eco-festival would be complete without the addition of the ultimate good vibes jewel to adorn yourself with from Third Eye Pinecones. Have you heard of them? Let me introduce you. Their motto is “buy a cone, plant a tree”, so every time you purchase a pinecone pendant (pictured above) “your money goes to work right away, not only supporting us as artisans, but also planting a tree via American Forests in areas of the country that have been negatively impacted by logging, wildfire, or pollution”. I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on one. Staying true to my blog’s heritage, I, of course, went for pink:

Rhodochrosite with Gold Seed of Love – $124 – Third Eye Pinecones

Rhodochrosite is “reputed to be an excellent stone for the heart and relationships, [it] assists in all aspects of giving and receiving love…It is also highly desired for its ability to balance the emotions, and is used by spiritual healers to gently facilitate the processing of trauma and old wounds”. That sounds like something we could all really use right now. Do you believe in the healing power of safe Nature? I do. I believe that what’s on the heart gets steadied by being around and close to Nature that is calm and serene. And what’s on the heart right now is uncertainty, confusion, disappointment – complicated emotions. But by focussing on happier days ahead we can allay some of these fears. I hope our sustainable styling journey has helped you think of better times to come…

Stay safe!

In Love&Light, MM XOXO

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Top 17. Vegan-Friendly & Ethical Shoe Brands With Eco-friendly Souls 

RAFA Sock Boot in SOL – $400.00

You know that song lyric by Paul Simon? “She Got… Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes”. Well, that’s what got this whole post started. I was humming along and it dawned on me that eco-friendly shoes is one topic I haven’t delved into yet. So off I went and here we are. But I’ll come clean – these shoes don’t actually have¬†diamonds on the soles. If they did they would be conflict-free diamonds of course. And they might as well have to be honest because these beautiful designs are vegan-friendly and ethically-made gold dust for conscious shoe addicts. Let’s explore.

1,RAFA Shoes

RAFA is our first stop on this trail and their website and intentions are concise.¬†RAFA Creative Director Taghrid Chaaban Zorob states that their aim is to use the local craftsmanship of just 20 shoe-makers in Los Angeles, combined with high-quality eco-friendly fabrics and sustainable processes, “to create a collection of accessible, luxury footwear”.

RAFA Shoes are:

  • Crafted from vegan fabrics, such as faux-suede and velvet
  • Handmade in small batches
  • Slow fashion advocates
  • Transparent about delivery: their shoes have a much longer lead time compared to other fast fashion shoe sites because of the care that goes into them
  • Intent on making “special items that are good for people and good for the earth”

Also available in:

Conch (pink)

Sloe/Ruby (black/red)

Heliotrope (purple)

2,Bourgeois Boheme

Miley Pinatex in Black Р£59.00

Bourgeois Boheme has quite a unique founding story. Their name and brand, which both means ‘bourgeois’ and ‘bohemian’, was created by Alicia, an ex-podiatrist and long-term vegan, and born to remain independent, reliant on eco-friendly materials and techniques, and crafted by their Portuguese artisanal shoe-makers.

DANIELLA ECOSTONE GREY Р£175.00 and CASEY PINATEX SILVER Р£165.00

They champion slow fashion over fast, throwaway culture and are working on becoming even more transparent and eco-friendly in their business practices whilst remaining true to their vegan core.

MAYA BLACK Р£225.00 and EMERY BLACK Р£195.00

To read more about their story please click here.

3,Momoc Shoes

These guys made my What If Meghan Wore? The Sustainable Fashion Edit shopping list as “flats fit for a princess”. Their aim is to create a luxury yet sustainable shoe start-up, which has them sourcing naturally-occurring or recycled materials local to them in Spain in order to cut out air miles.

Ciel Burgundy – 130,00‚ā¨

Outer-sole made of regenerated leather

  • Spanish designer shoe start-up with materials sourced from Spain
  • Packaging made from recycled cardboard
  • On a mission to make sustainable ‘chic’
  • Uses naturally-occurring and recycled materials to make their shoes, such as cork and natural rubber
  • Shoe bags made from 100% organic cotton
  • Insoles made from recycled leather
  • Offer a Vegan Sandal collection

You can watch their video for an insider glance at their production practices and environment here:

Veja

V-10 EXTRA WHITE EMERAUDE BLACK –¬†125,00 ‚ā¨

It feels as though Veja has been on my ethical shoe-shopping lust list for as long as I can remember – they have been crafting their eco-friendly trainers ever since 2005 when I was still in school! Since then, they have sold over 2 million sneakers and have integrated suppliers, producers, manufacturers and logistics teams with strong environmental and social ethics and one key word at their core: transparency.

V-10 EXTRA WHITE NAUTICO PEKIN -125,00 ‚ā¨

These trainers are made from a combination of wild rubber from the Amazon Rainforest, organic cotton from north-east Brazil, vegetable tanned leather (although they do some without leather too), and B-mesh – the fabric Veja created for themselves out of recycled plastic bottles.

Emma Watson wears V-10 BMESH NATURAL MARSALA -110,00 ‚ā¨

You can listen to the full incredible story of their journey here.

5,Po-Zu

Po-Zu are my go-to for ethically-made, insanely comfortable exercise trainers.

  • All materials come from naturally renewable sources and are responsibly harvested
  • They contain no pesticides, bleaches or toxic dyes materials and are locally sourced wherever possible
  • Organic cotton and all leather is chromium-free
  • Have a full Vegan range

Shop the full collection here.

 

6, Will’s Vegan Shoes

Smart Chelsea Boots in Chestnut Р£85.00

Will’s Vegan Shoes are carbon neutral, ethically made in Portugal, vegan and cruelty-free. They use high-quality vegan leathers and suedes, with those crafted from Italian leather alternatives derived from bio-oil and plants.

Western Boots Р£120.00

All other products are made with high quality eco-friendly Ecolabel certified vegan leathers and suedes, which are made in Italy and Spain and meet Oeko Tex 100 and REACH regulations.

Aviator Boots Р£93.00

You can read more about their story and why I love them here.

Oakes Cross Running Shoes Р£125.00

Vivobarefoot

Vivobarefoot¬†encourage¬†‘Minimalist Everyday Running and Barefoot Shoes’. These supremely flexible exercise trainers mould to your feet and their main aim is to revive the ancient practice of our ancestors’ barefoot running – before the time of shoes – without actually going barefoot. They offer a Vegan range and a Winterproof range,¬†which includes a water-resistent outer layer with built-in fleece lining for extra warmth or a removable thermal sock. The Primus Swimrun Hi¬†above is made from approx. 17 recycled plastic bottles to create a breathable mesh and each product comes with a no-quibble refund guarantee up to 100 days after purchase.

PRIMUS SWIMRUN BOOT SG WOMENS Р£145.00

PRIMUS TREK WOMENS LEATHER Р£140.00

They also do Barefoot everyday shoes, which are super cute:

ABABA CANVAS BIRDIE WOMENS Р£70

8, Nicora Shoes

Natalie Heel – Black
$198.00

Nicora are one of the most fascinating ethical shoe designers on the market. It is a company run and founded entirely by women with backgrounds in the creative arts, law, environmentalism and sustainability.

In order to hold themselves and their shoes to the highest environmental and ethical standards, the team created their own material that met these standards,¬†Kind Leather‚ĄĘ.

Kind Leather‚ĄĘ is:

  • Vegan
  • Made from recycled materials and organic waste
  • Uses no¬†PVC, plasticizers or plastic grade PU
  • Made in fair labor verified facilities and never in factories¬†not eligible for Fair Trade Certification

One of the most unique aspects of Nicora is that they name some of their shoes after strong women achieving great things in the sustainability, environmental or conservation sectors, such as the Leela Ballet Flat.

Leela Ballet Flat – Black Cap Toe / $168.00

This beautifully chic flat was named after Leela Hazzah – the lion conservation biologist who working alongside Kenyan organisation The Lion Guardians to¬†find and enact sustainable long-term solutions “for people and lions to coexist”. You can read more about The Lion Guardians here.

9, Indosole

Pantai Travel Shoes Navy Stripe – $55

Indosole is one of the most pioneering and interesting ethical shoe companies to research. The seed of this brand was planted in 2004, when Kyle Parson (now CEO of Indosole) visited Indonesia and came home with a pair of sandals made from recycled tyres. This struck Kyle as an ingenious use for tyre waste and the pollution arising from it, which is a big problem in Indonesia, where tyres are burned as a cheap alternative to fuel.

Ikhanna Sandals – $50

Tyres are made from such strong material that it would take over a thousand years for them to break down naturally – as Kyle mentions on Indsole’s website, this means that theoretically the first tyre ever made is still out there somewhere. So Kyle decided to create¬†Indosole – “Soles with Soul” – made from disused tyres (over one billion waste tyres end up in landfill every year) collected from all over Indonesia before they reach waste sites. Check out the supply process.

Pantai Travel Shoes in Sand Р$55

Indosole is a certified B Corporation company. B-Corporation is a strict certification standard of social and environmental production practices and laid down by the non-profit organisation B-Lab. I would like to see more shoe companies adopt this certification! To read the full story and watch and video on the supply process, please click here.

10, Vivienne Westwood

UTILITY COMMANDO SHOE PARADISE PRINT Р£420

Never one to shy away from the idea of utilising both progression and tradition in shoe-making techniques, Vivienne Westwood made memorably vegan shoes – the Melissa flats for her Anglomania collection – when this was first becoming a strong topic in fashion ethics. The current range, although not vegan-friendly, is both unisex and made in England – in a factory in Cheaney,¬†Northamptonshire, where “traditional heritage shoemakers…renowned as the home of high-quality English shoes” are housed.

ROMAN 3-STRAP Р£410.00

JOSEPH CHEANEY & SON UNISEX THREE STRAP BOOTS CHESTNUT TAN

£615.00

11, Fortress of Inca

A brand that has been on my lust list for a while now, Fortress of Inca footwear are:

  • Handmade in Peru
  • Fair Trade
  • Built to last
  • Striving to ‘create classic silhouettes that will stand the test of time’

The story started back in 2004 (the same year, incidentally, that the idea for Indosole was born), by Evan, the brand’s founder, who came home with a pair of Peruvian artisan boots whilst backpacking through South America and was taken in by the quality of the craftsmanship. From this experience, Fortress of Inca began in a journey to bring this craftsmanship to the market.

The company focuses its energy on working with factories that are family-owned and run, that are safe for workers, and always pay fair wages. You can read more about their story here.

A couple of my favourites:

Lorena – $225.00 and Elise –¬†$275.00

11, Beyond Skin

SHERRY PINK FAUX SUEDE VEGAN SANDALS Р£65.00

Beyond Skin are a vegan-friendly luxury shoe brand, who get excited about the newest eco-friendly fabrics hitting the market for ethical footwear. Their factories are based in Spain and they are committed to upholding fair workers rights and wages. They are:

  • PETA approved vegan
  • Made of luxury Italian vegan leather
  • Using recycled microfibre suede and recycled faux leather lining with a vegetable polymer coating
  • Inspired by a collection of vintage fabrics and designs.

You can shop the full collection here.

12, Bhava

Founded by Parsons School of Design graduate Francisca Pineda, Bhava is all about fashion footwear ethics and sustainability.

Now in its fifth year, Bhava creates handmade artisan shoes from their two ateliers in Spain and Mumbai and relies on organic, recycled and cruelty-free components.

Fully committed to educating others about the importance of sustainability and cruelty-free ethics in fashion production, their founder Francisca also taught Ethical Fashion and Sustainable Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Interestingly, they also introduced a novel design concept to the market Рa detachable separate knee-high boot upper, which can be purchased alongside its corresponding boot Рto give you two shoes for the price of one!

Bhava encourages you to watch the fast fashion documentary True Cost, which is available free on Netflix:

13, nae

GABRI – BLACK BIKER BOOT WITH METAL RIVETS –¬†135,00 EUR

nae stands for ‘No Animal Exploitation’, a vegan shoewear brand based in Portugal. They use:

  • Pineapple leaf fibres – a surprisingly warm and water-resistant material created by an English company working with local farmers in the Philippines.
  • PET – recycled plastic bottles
  • OEKO-TEX Microfibres, which are certified as a “lighter and more ecological” version of traditional microfibres (made of nylon, cotton and polyester) and allows for much less water or energy waste in its production
  • Cork – but only when extracted from protected cork oaks

Their most innovative fibre to date is that which is recycled from car airbags, “giving a new life to a material that is no longer useful and reusing the nylon present in the airbags”. As they proudly state on their website, nae are the first shoe brand in the world to design a shoe made from recycled airbags:

ETNA AIRBAG WHITE –¬†145,00 EUR

You can read more about their materials policy here.

14, Swedish Hasbeens

60’s Tanja in Gold –¬†209.00 USD

The Swedish Hasbeens motto is ‘Better shoes for a better world’, and they have recently branched out into a Jeans range too. The Hasbeens story starts with a box of vintage clogs from the 1970’s, which was discovered in the basement of an old clog factory back in 2005…

These clogs once belonged to Anita, “the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden” back in the 1970’s. It inspired the eclectic and colourful collection that is on sale today and ensured that Swedish Hasbeens stayed true to their family roots…

All clogs, toffel bags and jeans are made the traditional Swedish way, in small factories that have been making shoes for decades. The leather used is natural grain leather, a way of minimally treating leather that is kinder to the environment and makes each item unique.

Shop the full collection here.

15, Vegetarian Shoes 

I find these guys best for walking shoes. The gentleman who founded Vegetarian Shoes taught himself how to make shoes on leaving art college and, being a veggie, didn’t want to use leather or animal by-products…

So the “Eureka!” moment came when he discovered a durable and vegetarian-friendly material used for yachting upholstery! It is this breathable leather-like fabric that means their walking boots can be worn all year round and the synthetic micro-fibre fabric is also vegan-friendly. You can read more about the process and find their shop here.

16, Jonny’s Vegan Shoes

Found on London-based ethical store The Third Estate, Jonny’s Vegan Shoes tick all the right boxes for someone looking for affordable, high-quality and vegan shoes in a variety of styles. They are:

  • Ethically made in Spain
  • Cruelty-free
  • Upper material crafted from recycled PET bottles (post-consumer waste)
  • Lining made from organic cotton
  • Vegan-approved
  • Non-sweatshop friendly

17, Collonil Protect & Care

Collonil Protection Products – $14.00 each

Whilst this is not a shoe, I found these vegan shoe care products on Avesu Vegan Shoes. The Protect & Care vegan water-proofing spray is good for shoes made from imitation suede or textiles and the Bamboo Lotion can be used for the removal of stains, both made in Germany by Collonil. Check out other vegan footwear care products here.

N.B. All brands mentioned also offer a Mens footwear range except; Swedish Hasbeens, Bhava, Fortress of Inca, RAFA, and Momoc.

In Love&Light FS XOX