TOP SUSTAINABLE SANDALS

Shop the best sustainable shoes for your 2021 summer wardrobe
Summer is at the door and now that we can finally resume our social life, I cannot wait to free the (sustainable) sandals fanatic within me. Sandals are an extremely versatile footwear, you can pair them to casual and elegant outfits, daywear or eveningwear. If you are looking for an addition to your summer wardrobe, here my top sustainable sandals brands for summer 2021.
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BHAVA STUDIO
It is very easy to have Bhava at the top of your preferred sustainable footwear brands list. If you visit their website, you'll quickly realise why. The curated selection of stylish sandals, available as heels and flats and in different colours, proves that sustainable fashion is versatile and allows you to have a bespoke style. The sustainable high score comes from the fact that Francisca Pineda, the brand's founder, only sources the highest quality artisan and the most durable, innovative, organic, recycled and cruelty free components. In Bhava's timeless shoes you'll find organic cotton linings, hand painted embossed cork, and premium recycled microfibers.
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COLLECTION AND CO.
I fell head over heels for UK based Collection & Co's sustainable sandals. The designs are essential and sleek and produced using non animal materials and glue. The continuous search for sustainable materials also involves reusing left over fabrics from previous collections. The result is a stylish shoe which feels and looks the real deal, ethically produced in Greece in limited quantities using low energy and shipped to you in 100% recyclable packaging.
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PRIVATO
Privato is an Italian brand which focuses its production on plant materials, recycled plastic components and respect for workers. In line with the ethos of producing what is essential, the selection of sandals is carefully curated providing a few coloured options. The materials used are of plant origin, such as corn and pineapple. 100% natural, undyed cotton is used for all shoe lining, resulting in breathable and soft material. Most of the soles are produced with recycled unused soles and production waste. Lastly, when you order your pair of shoes ethically produced in Italy, the package is made from recycled paper and closed with vegetable adhesive tape.
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Mireia Playà
Spanish Mireia Playà showcases a selection of vegan designs ranging from casual to more sophisticated sandals, whether flat, medium heels, high heels or platform. These sustainable sandals come in different colours. My favourite shades are the summery watermelon, sun and acqua, but neutral colours are available too, such as taupe, camel and black. All of Mireia Playà's shoes are made with cruelty free materials such as recycled polyester deriving from manufacturing waste from which they create vegan suede, and corn based napa. In addition Mireia takes care of the manufacture and transport of its products to reduce CO2 emissions
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NAE VEGAN
Since 2008, Portuguese Nae (which stands for No Animal Exploitation) Vegan Shoes has been focusing on providing environment friendly, cruelty free, quality footwear by using natural and recycled materials such as pinatex, organic cotton, cork, recycled PET and vegan leather. The result are stylish and durable sustainable sandals, available in a multitude of essential designs realized in a variety of colours.
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ROAM
Nothing screams cool and fashion more than Roam's sandals. At a first glance you will see simple designs, but if you look closer you will notice the luxury of the details that characterise the quality of these sustainable shoes . As the name suggests, Romaer's sandals are designed for dynamic women who roam all day long in style thank you to the pillow-soft custom molded foot-beds. Despite the brand not claiming to be fully sustainable, not only they source the best quality materials, but they have also partnered with Repreve to ship your order in a certified recycled fold-able box.
Article by Alice Guarnaschelli
Main photograph by Amelia Barlett