Summer is right around the corner and I have already been living in my favorite summer sandals since March. Anyone else?! There is nothing better than letting our feet breathe and take a break from the sometimes clunky winter/spring shoes. I am so excited to share my favorite sustainable summer sandals with you all today and hope you find your next favorite pair of sustainable shoes with our help!
Favorite Sustainable Summer Sandals
First up is Bhava. A New York-designed sustainable brand that believes you do not have to use leather for stylish and comfortable sandals. This cruelty-free brand works with a top-notch atelier for a remarkable hand-crafted and sustainable shoe/sandals for your eco-friendly closet! Francesca, the amazing designer, is wholeheartedly devoted to ethical and environmentally conscious design and teaches ethical fashion and sustainable design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. I own the cork sandals and can vouch: they are flipp'n amazing.
Our Top Picks from Bhava:
The Cork REI Strappy Sandal: Natural cork supportive base and natural wood mini wedge.
The Athena 2-in-1 slide: all natural cork insole, shock-absorbent sole and solid wood 1 1/2 inch heel.
The Ines Strappy Sandal: All natural cork insole, shock-absorbent sole, and 3 inch heel.
Our next pick for sustainable sandals is from Noah's Italian Vegan Shoes. Noah's is 100% cruelty-free, vegan, and sustainable. Using natural latex, organic linen, organic cotton, or natural rubber, they exclude materials of animal origin. Noah offers vegan shoes for men and women and they also offer accessories like bags, wallets, and belts. Because of their love for the environment, they also offer organic shoes which are 100% biodegradable.
Top picks from Noah's Italian Vegan Shoes:
The Letzie Vegan Suede Sandal: 100% peta approved, fair trade, and made with microsuede and microfibre.
The Diana Flip Flops: 100% peta approved, fair trade, and made with microsuede and microfibre.
Step into conscious comfort with Vivaia – a sustainable shoe brand that aims to create stylish and eco-friendly footwear while creating a positive impact on both the world and its people. With the latest technology like zero waste 3D knit, Vivaia manufactures its footwear using latex foam, wool, rubber, vegan leather, and recycled PET bottles. Even their packaging is sustainable, made with recycled cardboard!
Floria sandals in black or white: Knit uppers made from plastic bottles. Vegan Leather+Artemisia Argyi Herbal insoles. Carbon-free rubber outsoles.
Mint Green Iris: Knit uppers made from plastic bottles. Vegan Leather+Artemisia Argyi Herbal insoles. Carbon-free rubber outsoles.
Tan Russet Sandals: Knit upper made from plastic water bottles / 100% vegan leather insole.
Our next sustainable summer sandal brand is my personal favorite: Wildling Shoes. Made of flexible and natural materials, the shoes are very light and extremely flexible which allows the feet to move freely. They use cotton, hemp, wool, linen, and cork to create their amazing barefoot line. Their shoes are manufactured in Portugal where the quality of the craftsmanship, compliance with fair working conditions, and environmental standards are observed. I own the sandals below in the deep red color and use them every single day: hiking to grocery shopping!
The Feather Sandals: Made from microfibre, rubber and organic cotton.
NAE stands for No Animal Exploitation and it is a Portuguese vegan footwear company that proposes an animal-friendly and sustainable alternative to traditional leather shoes. They don't just focus on designing sustainable sandals/shoes, but they also give importance to their design, style, and quality. For the materials, they use Piñatex (fiber from Pineapple leaves), Organic Cotton, Cork, Vegan leather (made from mixed microfibers), and recycled PET. These sustainable sandals are manufactured in North Portugal and 2 factories in Spain which are regulated by hygiene, health and safety protocols, and Code of Ethics and Professional conduct.
Our top picks for Nae Vegan Shoes
Bay White Piñatex Slip On Sandals: Made with piñatex, an innovative eco-friendly material made of pineapple leave fibres. Hypoallergenic, antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Darco Green Pet Vegan Sandal: Made of recycled PET GRS ( Global Recycled Standard ) certified, an innovative eco-friendly material made of recycled plastic bottles post-consumer. Hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. Comfortable footbed made of cork and natural rubber that provides arch support.
Chiara Yellow Flat Vegan Sandals: Vegan microsuede ( OEKO-TEX Certified). Hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial.
Ready to go to the beach? This sustainable sandal will surely compliment your summer outfit! They use recycled textiles from heel wraps to welts to uppers and other small parts. Based in Los Angeles, Matisse produces footwear in five countries and most of it is family-owned and operated. They make sure that workers in these factories are well compensated because they believe that the workers are a very significant part of the company.
The Coco Slide Sandal: Peta-approved Vegan. Made from woven raffia.