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Sustainable Shoe Brands For Low Eco Impact Style

It seems, at times, that the fashion industry completely denies the existence of climate change. One of the biggest polluters in the world, with ten percent of global carbon emissions caused by the fashion industry, there’s no denying that as much as we love fashion, it’s killing the planet.

But this doesn’t mean we have to start wearing old potato sacks and going barefoot to make eco-friendly and sustainable fashion choices; we can still look good and stylish by choosing to purchase from brands who are consciously striving to make their clothes and shoes in a more sustainable and ethical way.

Here at DMARGE, we love a good shoe; quality footwear has the power to elevate outfits and keep our feet feeling comfortable all day long. And there are a surprising number of shoe brands that make extremely supportive and sophisticated shoes from renewable or recycled materials through sustainable and ethical methods; which of course we’ve rounded up for you below.

Features of sustainable shoes

Most sustainable shoes are made from either natural materials (wool, organic cotton, leather off-cuts, etc.) or upcycled/recycled materials (plastic bottles, old sneakers, etc). The materials should have been sourced in a sustainable and ethical way, which is easy to find out as reputable and trustworthy sustainable shoe brands are extremely transparent and will have this information on their sites.

Other features to look out for are whether the footwear brand is dedicated to producing their shoes in a way that’s low in terms of a carbon footprint, whether the brand offsets their carbon emissions, and whether the brand champions fair working conditions for their employees and factory workers.

Sustainable Shoe FAQs

What does 'sustainable fashion' mean?

Sustainable fashion refers to a movement pushing for the entire fashion industry to move towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. By brands becoming more sustainable they are reducing their carbon footprint, and encourage other brands to do the same. Plus, most 'sustainable' brands advocate for factory workers to have better pay and working conditions.

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If you’re looking for ways to help our environment, the next time you need a new pair of shoes, purchase from one of the following sustainable shoe brands that produce eco-friendly and ethical men’s footwear through fair labour practices. The brands below produce every type of shoe you could ever need – sneaker, slip-on, sandal, boat shoe, boots, dress shoes, etc. – sustainably.

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