Easing you into eco-conscious fashion, one step at a time
There are so many brands on the market today creating ecologically manufactured products with great prices that fit any style. We are loving SO many but wanted to give a round up of our top picks for any season. These brands are great go-to’s no matter your mood, occasion or budget. Here is a breakdown of some androgynous kicks we are currently loving.
- If you haven’t checked out Industry of all Nations go ahead and thank us now. This brand is all about introducing everyday goods in collaboration with local communities across the world to combine social and environmental awareness. Industry aims to promote fair trade and open borders for all nations. In other words, these guys are the real deal. And they have really cute stuff! Their espadrilles in particular are swoon worthy. They are completely biodegradable, made of 100% cotton canvas with aluminum eyelets and a JUTE sole. And if that doesn’t impress you, the $35.00 price tag will! www.industryofallnations.com2. There’s nothing like a lace up boot, pair it with a skirt/shorts or a pair of pants… it is truly a versatile style. And Sseko is doing it SO well. This Uganda based fashion brand began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to go university. Sseko has since partnered with artisan groups in East Africa to produce their hand-crafted goods, enabling them to provide college-level schooling for hundreds of women while employing many more. The Nomad Bootie shown here in Blue Mist is crafted from buttery soft suede and Ethiopian sheepskin sourced from local Ethiopian farmers. Top it off with leather laces in the perfect dusty gray color and you have a pair of effortlessly chic boots that work with any outfit and transition from season to season. They’re sophisticated, feminine, and fearless, ready to take you places, you brave wanderer, you. At $90, it’s a get it while it’s hot kind of situation with these booties. www.sseko.com3. These Fortress of Inca shoes are the perfect day to night bootie and our pick of the month for the Sustainable in Stilettos woman! Handmade in Peru, this leather beauty consists of a rubber outer sole, a 2.75″ wood heel and a leather insole. EVERY shoe on the Fortress site is incredible, although their price point is a bit higher than the other shoes we have featured. This particular style “the Adriana Coco” is $240.00, however durability is everything with these items. The founder of Fortress of Inca discovered his first pair of Peruvian boots while backpacking through South America. Hesitant to wear colorful, native-looking boots with lambskin linings, he decided to blend in with the locals. Mixing the traditional Incan textiles and the modern boot silhouette made for the beautiful collections you will find on this site. Working with the same local artisans in Peru, the founder aims to bring the finest natural materials to each pair of shoes in the most sustainable fashion. And did we mention we are obsessed? Just checking. www.fortressofinca.com4. Nisolo is a super cool brand with stunning heels, flats, boots, you name it, their team of craftsmen have created a pair of shoes you will flip over. We are loving their “Oliver Oxford” in Noir for fall. They retail for $158 and judging by the company’s production process will take you on walks for many years to come. This brand is all about increasing the transparency in the fashion game. Something we stand firmly behind. They do this by creating awareness with consumers visiting their site and leaving with an understanding of what’s at stake with every purchase they make. They offer an open door policy to the details of their own production process that ensures the quality of their goods as well as the authenticity of their sourcing… This is sustainability and style at its finest! www.nisolo.com5. With Everlane, there is literally just too much to choose from when deciding on an outfit, bag, or shoe so we had to pick TWO! The Street Ankle Boot in Olive is SO dope and perfect for the girl on the go. The Modern Chelsea boot’s Dr. Martin vibe pairs perfectly with your festival style. It’s TO DIE FOR! It retails for $235 while the aforementioned “street shoe” if you will is $175. The site is beautiful, featuring all of their factories with an interactive map giving you the full scope of their eco-friendly production. Their shoes are long lasting, ethically sourced, and the best is that they don’t mark up their production price 5x. They also provide free shipping within 24 hours of signing up for their website updates. www.everlane.com6. If lace-ups are on your wish list, let us seduce you with the Awe I Want Black Suede Lace-Up Heels by Lulus! They are made of beautiful vegan suede with a skinny toe band, curvy heel cup and tasseled, lace-up strap. With a 4.5″ wrapped stiletto heel, cushioned insole, felted rubber sole, and all man made from vegan materials, we are looking at the true meaning of eco-chic. And at $36.00, how can you go wrong? www.lulus.com