Ethical Companies that Offer Fair Trade, Vegan & Eco-Friendly Shoes

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The term “ethical” will mean different things for different people. As a catch-all phrase, it typically refers to products that are made within fair trade guidelines, do not harm animals, and/or require minimal environmental impact for their production. The products can also support social causes or charities. There are many shoe companies that produce products that fall under these guidelines. Here are five companies that produce both stylish and ethical footwear:

1. TOMS Shoes

When you buy a pair of shoes from TOMS, another pair is donated to needy children in different parts of the world. The lack of shoes can contribute to the spread of disease and the prevention of educational opportunities, and the company aims to reduce those problems with its mission. You can find comfortable slip-ons or even lace-up boots. The classic style is a functional, slip-on canvas loafer.

2. Olsen Haus

Less than five years old, this company strives to be “a voice for animals, the environment, transparent business practices and unwavering values in ethical and social responsibilities.” These upscale stylish shoes for women are 100 percent vegan.

3. The Blackspot Anticorporation

The folks from Adbusters created a shoe line to be an alternative to major corporations like Nike and Adidas. Shoes are made from organic hemp, recycled tires, and other vegan materials. The company employs fair labor standards.

4. El Naturalista

The company passes guidelines for its own production, suppliers, and selling agents that include use of natural and biodegradable materials where possible, environmentally friendly practices, fair wages, and transparent operations. It also works to give back to local charities.

5. Buy Shoes, Save Lives

Buy shoes made from people in Iraq and help pay for heart surgeries for Iraqi children without health care. Proceeds also help train Iraqi doctors and healthcare professionals to provide the life-saving care needed.

What is your definition of an “ethical” shoe line? Do you have a favorite brand of ethical shoe wear? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

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