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We’re big on fashion and styling that is timeless, classic and always on trend as fads come and go quickly – taking with it our hard-earned money, time and natural resources. And if you’re shopping for new sandals because you’re last pair have gone to footwear heaven and you need to replace them, here are our top ethically-made sandals that will complement any wardrobe and better still, will never go out of style.
1. Linda slides
This ethically-crafted simple yet elegant slide ‘Linda’ by Brave Soles will transform any outfit. Handmade by artisan shoemakers in the Dominican Republic using fairly-traded leather and recycled tyres for soles, these gorgeous slides match perfectly with your sustainable jeans or favourite organic cotton maxi dress.
Price $49. Available in black, ivory/natural and black natural. Shop here.
2. Huarache sandal
American B-Corp Nisolo have made a name for itself in the ethical fashion world by producing handcrafted footwear and fashion accessories for men and women that are super stylish and where artisans in their Peru and Mexico factories make a minimum of 14% beyond the living wage. Nisolo’s Huarache Sandal (below) is one of their best selling sandals and it’s easy to see why – beautiful, timeless and ethical. The company is also proudly carbon neutral – offsetting all of its transport and operations-related emissions.
Price $120. Available in seven colours including almond, desert rose, bone, brandy and sky grey. Shop here. (Nisolo only ships to US postcodes)
3. ESSNTLS Slides
Responsibly made from 100% recycled tyre soles these ESSNTLS Womens Slides offer arch- support, comfortably cushioning and an effortless design that will look on trend no matter if you’re dressed up or dressed down. Produced by B-Corporation Indosole, these slides are manufactured in Java and Bali, Indonesia.
Price $59.99. Available in an assortment of colours include black, granite, sea salt, leaf grown and soil brown. Shop here.
4. Bohemia sandals
For sandals that capture a bohemian spirit, the Bohemia leather sandals by Brave Soles are ethically-made, sweet and practical. Featuring braided straps that surround a solid strip of leather and upcycled tyre soles, these pretty sandals will secure comfortably on your feet and look stunning on, whether you’re at the beach or brunching with your friends.
Price $69. Available in caramel colour only. Purchase here.
5. ELETTA flat sandals
For vegan fashionistas, Moscatelli’s luxury cruelty-free sandals are the epitome of quality craftsmanship and Italian design. Made in Italy, the materials used are completely cruelty-free and are no animal testing certified. Our pick is the ELETTA flat sandals which features 100% vegan leather sole and outer and woven straps with a secure tie.
Price €280,00. Available in black or gold. Shop here.
6. Go-To Flatform Sandal
If you’re on the go and looking for a sporty sandal that can keep up, the Go-To Flatform Sandal by Nisolo combines sportiness with minimalism and comfort. Made by artisans who are paid above living wages, these sandals are made with a water-resistant leather upper from a Leather Working Group certified tannery. It also has a lightweight grooved outsole for traction and convenient straps that will fasten your foot whilst you go about your everyday business.
Price $130. Available in desert rose, almond, bone, sky grey and black. Buy it here. (Ships only to United States)
7. Jasmine sandal
If you’re looking for a comfortable and secure pair of ethically-made sandals for your adventure travels, you can’t go past Brave Soles‘ Aventura walking sandal. With a Greco-Roman timeless design that features cross ankle straps, the style means that your feet will be secured properly as you explore your new surroundings. Handcrafted with the classic Brave Soles upcycled tyre soles by artisans who are paid living wages, these sandals won’t disappoint.
Price $69. Available in black, caramel and white/caramel two-tone. Buy it here.
8. Vegan sandals
Bio World vegan sandals are made by a family of shoe makers who have honed their craft over many years. Made with high quality microfibre so it stands the test of time, the vegan sandals are comparable in size and comfort to the traditional leather Birkenstocks.
Price $60. Available in black only. Purchase on Etsy here.
9. Kamille suede sandals
Coclico makes stunning sandals and shoes that feature a minimalist design– clean lines and a neutral palette. The collections are expertly crafted in Spain and are produced in limited quantities. Coclico’s Kamille sandals are a beautiful, elegant style, featuring Italian split suede, leather soles and low-heels, an ideal pair to wear on those special occasions.
Price $325. Available in two shades: tobacco and tortora (below). Shop here.
10. Ophelia leather slide sandal
Brave Soles has done it again with this effortlessly stylish Ophelia leather slide sandal. Featuring two thick leather straps and a sole crafted from upcycled tyres, these sandals are the perfect everyday sandal for the minimalist style worshipper.
Price $69. Available in black and caramel. Buy it here.
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Disclosure: This curated list does not fully take into account all ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. Prices are correct at time of publishing. For more information, click here.