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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    These espadrilles take comfort and style into a whole new level. Handcrafted from upcycled cloth by our partner communities, each pair is a statement not just of individual expression but of social responsibility. Easy to match with jeans, shorts or even a day dress, Classic is a must-have in your wardrobe.
    $39.99  from OpenSky
  • Timberland
    What's better than comfortable, stylish men's shoes that you can wear on the job and off the clock? How about comfortable, stylish black shoes that are also eco-friendly? If you like to look good while working hard while also reducing your impact on the environment, these Timberland Men's TB05051A 001 Black Leather Richmont Plain Toe Water-Resistant Oxford Shoes are for you.What makes these Timberland shoes eco-friendly? We're glad you asked. First off, they feature laces, linings, and footbed covers that are made from 100% recycled polyethylene therephthalate (PET) - those are recycled plastic bottles! The next time you finish a bottle of water or a tooth-melting soda, that bottle might get recycled into something useful. Nice! Not only that, but the non-marking rubber outsoles on these black shoes are 34% recycled, and the OrthoLite polyurethane footbeds are made from 5% recycled rubber. In addition to being a bit greener than your normal footbeds, these OrthoLite footbeds are also more comfortable and functional than your normal footbeds. They provide moisture transport to wick away sweat, an anti-microbial function to kill stink and long-lasting cushioning. The ultra-breathable material won't breakdown or lose cushioning over time, so you'll be comfortable from now until we're all driving solar-powered hovercrafts around (we're still crossing our fingers for those!) .These men's shoes help protect the environment - and they also protect your feet from water. The uppers are treated with a durable water repellent (DWR) finish to help keep your feet dry. The padded collars prevent chafing when you're putting in long hours on the job. And the injection-molded EVA midsoles give you lightweight comfort and durability, so every step you take will be a good one. As an added bonus, the premium burnished full-grain leather uppers come from a silver-rated tannery. A silver-rated tannery is classified by the Leather Working Group judges based on energy use, waste production, and water treatment. Look good and feel good about helping the environment in these Timberland Men's TB05051A 001 Black Leather Richmont Plain Toe Oxford Water-Repellent Shoes.Manufactured Sizes: M: 7-12, 13 W: 7-12, 13
    $85.00  from Working Person's Store
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    Simple design and eco friendly construction combine in this stylish storage solution. This zBoard rectangle storage container is an excellent home organizer for modern living. Click here to view the assembly guide Sustainably made from zBoard - recycled paper and completely recyclable. Made to congregate and coordinate with all our other furniture - stack it or put 'em next to each other to create the design you need. Package includes: One (1) rectangle storage bookcase State: California Setting: Indoor Type: Storage and organization Color options: White, black, espresso, natural, green, orange, pink, blue Materials: zBoard recycled paperboard Exterior dimensions: 15.5 inches high x 11.3 inches long x 22.8 inches wide Interior dimensions: 13.9 inches high x 11.2 inches long x 21.3 inches wide This product is part of our 'Main Street Revolution' - a partnership between Overstock.com and small businesses around the USA. What is the Main Street Revolution? Since you're here, you're probably a lot like us: creative, practical, caring, and ready to inspire a better way. We are inspired to do things right and keep things simple. We believe in treating everyone as if they were our friend, protecting our environment as if it were our home, and finding creative solutions to over complicated challenges. In short, we are Way Basics. Assembly required. Product must be used right side up as shown.
    $29.99  from Walmart
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    Simple design and eco friendly construction combine in this stylish storage solution. This zBoard rectangle storage container is an excellent home organizer for modern living. Click here to view the assembly guide Sustainably made from zBoard - recycled paper and completely recyclable. Made to congregate and coordinate with all our other furniture - stack it or put 'em next to each other to create the design you need. Package includes: One (1) rectangle storage bookcase State: California Setting: Indoor Type: Storage and organization Color options: White, black, espresso, natural, green, orange, pink, blue Materials: zBoard recycled paperboard Exterior dimensions: 15.5 inches high x 11.3 inches long x 22.8 inches wide Interior dimensions: 13.9 inches high x 11.2 inches long x 21.3 inches wide This product is part of our 'Main Street Revolution' - a partnership between Overstock.com and small businesses around the USA. What is the Main Street Revolution? Since you're here, you're probably a lot like us: creative, practical, caring, and ready to inspire a better way. We are inspired to do things right and keep things simple. We believe in treating everyone as if they were our friend, protecting our environment as if it were our home, and finding creative solutions to over complicated challenges. In short, we are Way Basics. Assembly required. Product must be used right side up as shown.
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    Simple design and eco friendly construction combine in this stylish storage solution. This zBoard rectangle storage container is an excellent home organizer for modern living. Click here to view the assembly guide Sustainably made from zBoard - recycled paper and completely recyclable. Made to congregate and coordinate with all our other furniture - stack it or put 'em next to each other to create the design you need. Package includes: One (1) rectangle storage bookcase State: California Setting: Indoor Type: Storage and organization Color options: White, black, espresso, natural, green, orange, pink, blue Materials: zBoard recycled paperboard Exterior dimensions: 15.5 inches high x 11.3 inches long x 22.8 inches wide Interior dimensions: 13.9 inches high x 11.2 inches long x 21.3 inches wide This product is part of our 'Main Street Revolution' - a partnership between Overstock.com and small businesses around the USA. What is the Main Street Revolution? Since you're here, you're probably a lot like us: creative, practical, caring, and ready to inspire a better way. We are inspired to do things right and keep things simple. We believe in treating everyone as if they were our friend, protecting our environment as if it were our home, and finding creative solutions to over complicated challenges. In short, we are Way Basics. Assembly required. Product must be used right side up as shown.
    $29.74  from Walmart
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    Simple design and eco friendly construction combine in this stylish storage solution. This zBoard rectangle storage container is an excellent home organizer for modern living. Click here to view the assembly guide Sustainably made from zBoard - recycled paper and completely recyclable. Made to congregate and coordinate with all our other furniture - stack it or put 'em next to each other to create the design you need. Package includes: One (1) rectangle storage bookcase State: California Setting: Indoor Type: Storage and organization Color options: White, black, espresso, natural, green, orange, pink, blue Materials: zBoard recycled paperboard Exterior dimensions: 15.5 inches high x 11.3 inches long x 22.8 inches wide Interior dimensions: 13.9 inches high x 11.2 inches long x 21.3 inches wide This product is part of our 'Main Street Revolution' - a partnership between Overstock.com and small businesses around the USA. What is the Main Street Revolution? Since you're here, you're probably a lot like us: creative, practical, caring, and ready to inspire a better way. We are inspired to do things right and keep things simple. We believe in treating everyone as if they were our friend, protecting our environment as if it were our home, and finding creative solutions to over complicated challenges. In short, we are Way Basics. Assembly required. Product must be used right side up as shown.
    $28.79  from Walmart

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