Fashion & Beauty

9 Stylish (and Sustainable) Shoes to Wear on Your Next Trip

As a follow-up to my story on sustainable clothing brands, I found that there are just as many sustainable shoe brands out there as well. These nine pairs of sustainable shoes are not only good for the environment but also stylish and super comfy.

Hari Mari

hari mari sustainable flip flop

Sustainability Win: In addition to using natural hemp fibers and harvested rubber, Hari Mari is also committed to keeping things out of our landfills: When you’re ready for a new pair of flip-flops, you can mail in your used shoes to be recycled and get 15 percent off a new pair.

Editor Pick: Meadows Sandal

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allbirds sustainable shoe

Sustainability Win: Allbirds uses sustainably sourced merino wool, tencel (tree fiber), sugar cane, recycled cardboard, recycled plastic bottles, and castor bean oil to make its shoes.

Editor Pick: Tree Breezers


saola sustainable sneaker

Sustainability Win: The super comfy sole in this sustainable sneaker is made from all natural and renewable cork, and the shoes can be worn sockless, meaning fewer pairs of socks in your laundry.

Editor Pick: Semnoz II Sneaker


suavs sustainable shoe

Sustainability Win: The upper knitted part of all of Suavs’ shoes is cut with a digital knitting machine, which reduces material waste. 

Editor Pick: The Zilker

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Matt & Nat

matt and nat vegan sustainable shoe

Sustainability Win: Matt & Nat uses cruelty-free, vegan, and recycled materials, even in its faux leather products.

Editor Pick: Renzo Slip-on


cariuma sustainable sneaker

Sustainability Win: Not only are Cariuma’s sustainable sneakers made from natural materials, but the company also purchases carbon offsets to create a zero-balance footprint.

Editor Pick: Catiba Sneaker


veja sustainable sneaker

Sustainability Win: Veja’s B-mesh material is made out of recycled polyester (from plastic bottles) and is also waterproof. 

Editor Pick: V-10 Lace Up Sneakers


everlane sustainable shoe

Sustainability Win: According to Everlane, the average sneaker sole is made mostly of plastic. The company is committed to making its sneakers sustainable and the sole is 94.2 percent free of virgin plastic.

Editor Pick: The Trainer


rothys sustainable shoe

Sustainability Win: These washable shoes are made from plastic bottles, meaning not only do they last longer, but they’re also made from eco-conscious materials.

Editor Pick: The Loafer

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Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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