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2011 Eco Friendly Shoe Roundup: Socially Conscious, Stylish Footwear for the Ladies

Updated on May 15, 2011

Better for you. Better for the environment.

Search after search, blog after blog....sourcing stylish eco friendly shoes turns up the same list over and over again. And, I don't know about you guys, but I don't want to wear my Tom's everyday of the year.

Like a number of other environmentally minded individuals, my 2011 resolutions included greening my wardrobe and finding eco friendly shoes might be one of the most challenging fashion tasks I have ever undertaken. The results? They're few, they're far between, they aren't cheap, but they're worth every penny.

Frye Laurel Flower T Strap - Vegetable tanned leather and the laurel is hand created and applied by skilled craftspeople

Frye Laurel Flower T Strap
Frye Laurel Flower T Strap

Delicate, handcrafted leather fleurette center strap embellishments enhance the vegetable-tanned leather upper for this women's gladiator-inspired sandal for that casual-glamour look. A leather cushioned footbed and adjustable ankle strap with buckle closure ensure a comfortable fit, while a leather sole with rubber inserts. The Frye Laurel Flower T Strap sandal is finished with playful leather braiding details for a feminine touch

$148.00 / Buy them here:

Zappos: Frye via Zappos

Eco Toes in Plum Herringbone - Quite possibly the cutest eco friendly flat on the planet

Eco Toes in Plum Herringbone
Eco Toes in Plum Herringbone

Made in Orgeon by Etsy designer Abby Meadow these cozy flats are made with a vintage plum herrinbone wool blend, and are lined with the softest natural cotton flannel. They are interlined with fleece for a bit of padding and structure. The soles are 100% hemp canvas. Natural wooden buttons adorn the flaps (which are also lined with flannel).

Note: This pair sold, please inquire with Etsy seller for custom order!

Cost: $49.00

Buy them here: Infusion

Patagonia Bandha T-Strap - 20% recycled EVA footbed / Leather Sole

The Patagonia Bandha T-Strap sandal is sweet and simple and features a full grain leather upper and lining for smooth comfort. The partially recycled EVA footbed offers support while heel cushioning ensures comfort on hard surfaces. The low-profile, Italian-made leather sole of the Patagonia Bandha T-Strap sandal lends a sleek, feminine finish.

$36.00-100.00/ Buy them here:

Altrec: Patagonia via Altrec

Eco Friendly Flat - Handmade with leather from the meat industry and the soles are made from recycled car tires

Hand Made Pumps
Hand Made Pumps

Eco Flats: Zerihun is based in Addis Ababa where she works from her own studio making shoes using traditional techniques. She strives to create things that last long with most environmentally friendly materials available to her. Her shoe utilize recycled rubber that comes primarily from used car tires. She uses new scrap fabric or leather which is a by products of the meat industry to make the upper of the shoe.

£45.00 / Buy them here:


Celebrity Favorite - olsenHaus Women's Freedom Platform Pump - The hottest eco friendly heel on the market

olsenHaus Women's Freedom Platform Pump
olsenHaus Women's Freedom Platform Pump

Get Freedom from the basic pump in this platform from olsenHaus. This basic silhouette features a thick front platform for modern design and a kickin' style that attracts at first glance. Any wrap dress or fitted pencil skirt will look killer teamed with this pump.

$108-270.00 / Buy them here:

olsenHaus: olsenHaus via Amazon

Mid Maple Point Mohop Handmade Shoes - Handmade shoe composed of solid American maple from sustainably managed forests

Mid Maple Point Mohop Handmade Shoes
Mid Maple Point Mohop Handmade Shoes

The mid-high wedge sandal is about 2.5" tall and features an ergonomically contoured padded footbed that feels similar to a clog.

This handmade shoe is composed of solid American maple from sustainably managed forests. This sandal features durable black rubber soling and a padded footbed with a gold umbrella motif hand screenprinted on high-end 100% nylon aubergine color 'suede'.

$164.00 / Buy them here:

Etsy Shop: MoHop

Terra Plana Juniper: Stylish Eco Friendly Heel - 100% Vegan: Black Upper is made with Eco Nylon and Red Upper is made with TT Nylon.

Terra Plana Juniper
Terra Plana Juniper

The Terra Plana Juniper is a cute, lightweight and flexible eco friendly pump for everyday wear. The shoes are 100% Vegan and score a 21 on the Terra Plana Eco Matrix The Black upper is made with eco nylon and the red upper is made with TT nylon.

Upper: Eco Nylon

Collar/Panel & Lining: Microfiber

nsoles: Non-toxic biodegradable Gel pad

Sole: Recycled Rubber Sole mixed w/ Recycled Woodchip Pieces & Wooden Veneer Covered Heel

Measurement: Heel: 3"

$150.00 / Buy them here:

Terra Plana:

Note: Red ones are sold out! Changed link to similar style

Soft Hand Made Leather Flats

Soft Hand Made Leather Flats
Soft Hand Made Leather Flats

These Ballet Flats are hand made and each pair is hand created and one of a kind. The sole is made of rubber crepe (natural rubber) and is very flexible. It is both cemented and stitched onto the shoe. The insole is very comfortable and durable and 100% memory foam on the top half, which molds to your foot, and 0% on the bottom half, which retains its shape and absorbs shock as you walk.

$225.00 / Buy them here:

Etsy Shop: Spiro Creations

NeuAura Kaveri Taupe Grey - Handmade in Brazil

Kaveri Taupe Grey
Kaveri Taupe Grey

Neuaura has several stunning sustainable styles and the NeuAura Senegal is a standout. The shoe is made of a hybrid upper material with padded mesh lining for breathability, comfort and support. Flexible rubber outsole. Head over there to their website and read their eco-conscious mission statement and waste reduction initiatives.

$87.50 / Buy them here:


Kailia Bella Embroidered - Each pair is hand-embroidered with a recycled chrome-free leather sole.

Kailia Bella Embroidered
Kailia Bella Embroidered

$325.50 / Buy them here:


Eco Friendly Shoes? On Amazon? - Yes! Once you know what brands to look for, Amazon can be a great place to snag them!

Every Eco Fashionista needs a pair of TOMS - One Pair Sold = One Pair Donated

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      squidopoly 6 years ago

      @SimplyLiving LM: You are so welcome!!

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      SimplyLiving LM 6 years ago

      This lens is a wonderful resource for eco friendly women's shoes. It's nice to know there are options other than your basic everyday eco shoe, like TOMS or Simple. Those are great too, but sometimes we want to go out and look fancy. Thanks for digging up all of the info!