Comfortable sneakers, sleek ankle boots or waxed oxfords, FashionUnited has selected three brands of shoes for which sustainability is paramount.
all the birds
With over a million pairs of trainers already sold in the US and UK, Allbirds has achieved cult status when it comes to comfortable everyday trainers. The New Zealand brand creates timeless styles that are eco-friendly and B-Corp certified, so we know they meet the highest environmental and social standards. It is carbon neutral and partners with Soles4Souls to donate all returned shoes to those in need, in addition to using water and energy saving practices in its factories. Both the women’s and men’s collections are made from ZQ-certified merino wool – Allbirds’ main material – and the soles are made from SweetFoam™ sugar cane and recycled bottle laces with eucalyptus upper fabrics. While the Dasher running shoe retails for 120 pounds, the everyday Tree Runner sneaker weighs in at 98 pounds.
Baabuk shoe collections are made from hand felted wool and certified B-Corp. Breathable and antibacterial, its trainers are water-repellent and made in the historic Burel factory in Portugal with wool sourced from nearby sheep. The shoe offer ranges from 89 euros for a pair of ballet flats to 125 euros for a pair of high top sneakers and they are all easy to pair with just about anything. The brand has partnered with the BVA Foundation in Switzerland to employ people with mental and physical disabilities in its logistics center, thus committing to more inclusion and awareness in the industry.
From oxfords to chukka boots, Oliberté has been handcrafting clean, stylish shoes since 2009. The Canadian company owned the world’s first fair trade shoe factory – based in Addis Ababa – before it began manufacturing its collections. in small series. in Canada in 2019. The brand has supported workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa and produces sneakers – think 85 pounds for a pair – that are mounted on comfortable and durable Vibram soles. The collections feature timeless designs that can easily be mixed and matched throughout the year for a clean yet eye-catching look.