Shoe-shopping with The Conscious Shopper
The temps hit the upper 80s yesterday here in Raleigh, and while I was hanging with my kiddos at the playground, my feet started screaming, "Get me out of these shoes!" This is the time of year when I toss the boots and sneakers to the back of the closet and switch to full time sandal-wearing.
I enjoy many things about living la vida verde, but shoe shopping is not one of them. The used shoe selection at my local Goodwill basically sucks, but buying new shoes requires hours of research and debate: what are they made of, where are they made, who made them, how long will they last, how much do they cost...Here are a few brands I've been looking at, but I'm really interested to hear what kinds of sandals you greenies have bought and why you love them.
Two years ago, I bought a pair of Simple Shoes flip-flops on clearance for an amazing deal. They are cute and comfortable...and pick up every piece of dirt they come in contact with. After two years, they're so dirty, it's embarrassing to wear them beyond my own backyard. Simple Shoes current line of flip-flops look like they'd stay clean, but they also look identical to the kind I could get for $25 cheaper at Old Navy.
Before beginning my green journey, I was definitely a $5 flip-flop kind of girl, so I've been kind of interested in these Okabashi shoes and their $15 price tag. They're made in Atlanta, GA, contain recycled material, and are recyclable by sending them back to the company, but they're made of plastic, and I have this thing about plastic shoes being the ugliest shoes ever invented. (All you Crocs lovers can shoot me now.)
Nowadays, I wouldn't mind paying more than $5 if I felt like I was investing in a real quality pair of shoes. I've had my eye on these handmade-in-New-York Aurora Shoes for awhile now, but maybe vegan shoes from MooShoes would be a better choice than leather and it's environmental issues. Or maybe I should check out some of the "green" apparel companies like Patagonia or Keen.
Or maybe I just need to make my own sandals.
What recommendations do you all have for a sandal-loving greenie?