I know what you’re thinking: Earth-friendly shoes are ugly. I know you’ve seen them — those hemp-laced shoes that look like slippers. You wouldn’t wear those in your own home, let alone out in public, right? And what about vegan shoes? Can you really be trendy without leather? Well, ladies, have I got a surprise for you. There are shoes out there that are eco-friendly, vegan and make you look like a million bucks.
Natalie Portman pulled at our emotions in movies like Beautiful Girls and The Professional. She shocked and wowed in Mike Nichols’ Closer. Apart from her Hollywood life, Portman adheres to a strict vegan diet and is an advocate for the environment and animal rights. Recently she teamed with Te Casan to design vegan shoes that you can use with an elegant dress. My favorite is the Plath. With a chiffon pompom and synthetic sole, you can dance the night away with these shoes. The price is steep at $395, but 100% of the proceeds goes to the Nature Conservancy.For backyard barbecues, I like Terra Plana’s Aquila sandal. Made from locally sourced, recycled and vegetable-tanned leather, this shoes has it going on with its rubber and rice husk sole.Don’t forget the kids! They’ll love Simple’s Toeday shoe. Made from organic cotton and linen, the Toeday boasts an outsole made from car tires. Your kids will look cool and, at $50, you’ll have money left over to get a pair of Simple shoes for yourself.Channel your inner groovy child and buy Form and Fauna’s Cocoa Hot Rod. Made from renewable and sustainable materials, this boot has a wood heel and recycled insoles. Made in the USA, you can be proud to wear a pair of boots that has been ethically made.
When you’re trying to achieve the rocker look, turn to Charmone’s Dragonwell boot. Made from sustainable materials, you can be confident that your shoes are are made with you and the environment in mind. Animal and sweatshop-free, the Dragonwell is a smart choice for fall.If you’re looking for luxury, the Cinnamon Bordeaux from Charmone is just for you. Enveloped by beautiful satin ruffles, these shoes will make heads turn. As with all Charmone shoes, the Bordeaux is vegan, eco-friendy and sweatshop-free.Another exciting eco-friendly, ethically made shoe is Beyond Skin’s Dita wedge. Great for those summer nights out, these shoes are made to order in England and are vegan friendly also.
Take a page from Kathryn Hepburn and pair Novacas’ Darcy shoe with a pencil skirt. Novacas offers 100% vegan and ethically made products.For lazy Sunday afternoons, pair a flowy dress or jeans with Dr. Scholl’s Renew sandal. The Renew is vegetable tanned, made from sustainable wood, and has a biodegradable outsole. It’s a classic redux!And for the piece de resistance, I present Stella McCartney’s Patent Platform Pump. Animal and cruelty-free, this delicious shoe is for the vegan in an all of us. Yes, it’s pricey, at $1,145, but a girl can dream, right?