I am a no socks, barefoot girl all the way! My husband never understands it, but I grew up running around outside barefoot. So when it comes to warmer temps, I’m all about comfy, breezy sandals that keep me from stubbing my toe (so many childhood memories) and look cute. I’ve found several options for sustainable sandals for Spring and Summer I can’t wait to wear.
The Root Collective
Handmade in Guatemala, I love the unique fabric and details of The Root Collective shoe designs. When I was a kid, my Dad did missions work in Guatemala, so seeing work from the artisans there has a special place in my heart.
Their flats are pretty great too. Here’s couple pairs I’ve had my eye on:
The Root Collective is not only providing fair wage jobs, but also helping to stop gang violence in Guatemala City by providing an alternative way for young men to make an income. All of their workers are paid 50-400% above the government set fair wage.
I’ve been an ABLE fan for years! Their work is beautiful and high quality, plus they have some of the highest ethical standards in the fashion industry. ABLE now publishes their wages & is very transparent about their supply chain.
My top pick of their Sandals is Margarete pictured above. I’d wear them for church on Sundays, to the farmer’s market and a day out with the kids. I love the neutral brown leather, but the leopard print ones are also very tempting!
More ABLE favorites:
I’ve been wearing my Nisolo Huarache sandals for two years now. They take some time to break in, but I assure you it’s worth it! These classic sandals are also perfect in the Spring & Fall, plus a closed toe is great for when I really need that pedicure but haven’t found the time.
Here are some other Nisolo favorites:
Hari Mari is creating shoes in a responsible way by using recyclable rubber & foam. They ask customers to send in any brand of old flip flops so they can be recycled in exchange for 15% off any purchase. They also donate 1% of sales to benefit kids fighting cancer.
Hari Mari has flip flops and sandals for women, men and kids.
CANO via Made Trade
Cano shoes are handcrafted ethically and transparently by artisans in Mexico. They use biodegradable natural rubber and up-cycled rubber from airplane tires. Their employees are paid fair, living wages and work no more than an 8 hour work day.
Other Ethical Brands that have sustainable sandals for Spring and Summer that I own and love:
Birkenstock (I purchased at a local Mom & Pop shop)