06 Dec

6 Ethical Sandals for Summer

As the weather gets warmer, a great summer sandal is a must-have accessory that will see you through all your warm-weather adventures – those long walks on the beach, picnics in the park and backyard pool parties. To ensure you are comfortable and well-equipped for the season, here are seven ethical sandals for summer:

Bourgeois Boheme

Rated: Good

Victoria Pinatex – Ships internationally

This vegan slip-on created by UK brand Bourgeois Boheme is ethically handcrafted in Portugal from pinatex (pineapple leaf fibre material). Its neutral colour and simple design is perfect for pairing with your favourite summer outfits.

RAFA

Rated: Good

The Milli Sandal (Epice) – Ships internationally

The Milli Sandal is the classic summer accessory that you have been looking for. Hand-made in Los Angeles, using vegan recycled material and deadstock metal buckle, this piece will tick all your ethical boxes. If this particular colour and heel-height is not right for you, the brand offers an array of heels and a rainbow of colour for you to choose from. If you are still not convinced, the Milli is also made for comfort with a double lined orthopedic foam insole.

Beyond Skin

Rated: Good

Luella C Cream Block Heel Vegan Sandals – Ships internationally

These elegant cream heeled sandals are handmade in Spain from vegan and features an ankle strap and adjustable buckle. They are the perfect addition for your next special event! If you buy anything from Beyond Skin, they will give 1% of profits to grass-root environmental and social projects.

Indosole

Rated: Good

ESSNTLS Slides Women Shore – Ships internationally

Indosole re-purposes rubber tyres (often sourced from landfills) to create slides and thongs (flip-flops) for men and women. By buying one of their shoes, you can join Indosole on their quest to save 1 million tyres from damaging our environment.

Deux Mains

Rated: Good

MINOUCHE, ASPHALT – Ships internationally

These quirky criss-cross black sandals are ethically handmade in Haiti, the Caribbean using locally sourced leather and upcycled tire soles. If that wasn’t enough, the brand also uses 100% solar powered eco-factory in its manufacturing process. This particular sandal is named after one of Deux’s original craftswomen an employee for more than seven years.

SUSI Studio

Rated: Good

Jane (Lavender) – Ships internationally

The first-ever sandal from Los Angeles-based Susi Studio is the Jane, named after the inspiring Jane Goodall. This vegan sandal in a beautiful lavender colour is made from recycled PU material and rubber. Founded by Bianca Moran, Susi’s mission is to make sustainable footwear accessible and fashionable, while inspiring compassion towards animals, the environment and humanity.

Editor's note: Feature image by Bourgeois Boheme. All other images via brands mentioned.

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