Now that you’ve purchased your ethical shoes, you need to take good care of them! One small step for us, one giant leap for sustainability! Here are our natural recipes for shiny and long-lasting shoes.
Rotate your shoes so they can dry and keep their shape, brush them with a Horsehair Brush and fill the inside with paper or with shoetrees before storing them in a box, away from the light and dust.
Most materials (leather, suede, textile, rubber…) can easily be cleaned up with simple tools: a damp cloth and dishwashing liquid!
Simply rub your textile shoes with beeswax and dry it with a hairdryer.
Melt 100g of beeswax with 60ml of linseed oil in a double boiler. Dilute 25g of Marseille Soap with 60ml of water, add it to the first mixture, let it cool off and store it in a box, away from the light and protected from air.
Make sure to follow the right polish routine for a better result:
1- put a shoetree (or paper) inside your shoe
2- brush your shoe
3- gently apply your homemade polish with a soft cloth (or a tired sock)
4- leave on for 15 minutes
5- brush your shoe with a soft brush or a dry cloth
Brush toothpaste on your rubber soles with a wet cloth to bring back the white!
After weeks of endless waiting, your holidays are finally coming. Here is the best ethical shoes to support your feet in your next summer adventures!
Light and breathable, Lucie by Another Sole is the perfect model to slide in your bag! Available in varied colours and made of Argentinean nappa bovine leather for more softness, the shoes are designed to provide good support – even if you wear them during long hours.
Image source: Another Sole
If you prefer open toes, here are Orquidea Sandals by Insecta Shoes. Stylish and vegan, the sandals are adjustable with a nice strap. Perfect for walking all day!
Image source: Insecta Shoes
More into little city strolls? The Sseko Ankle Strap Sandals will be your perfect match! The clean design and the elegance of the golden leather make them perfect for any occasion and outfit.
Image source: Sseko
If you are more the trooper type and want to explore aquatic environments, you will probably love the Ultra III by Vivabarefoot & Bloom, made of algae from freshwater sources at high risk of algal bloom. Soon available(July 2017).
Image source: Vivobarefoot
Since April 2009, almost 13 million people got together to fund 127 685 different projects on Kickstarter, raising over 3.1 billion dollars to encourage the creation of new albums, movies, books or fashion collections. Impressive, right?
For the past few months, we have seen more Ethical Shoe Brand Creators on the platform, launching their crowdfunding campaign to spread their message and grow. But how does it work? Let’s review 3 successful campaigns!
Juta Shoes produces espadrilles from sustainable and environmentally-friendly materials (upcycled reclaimed leather from local London factories, jute soles from a family-run factory in southern Spain). The shoes are handmade in London, where the company creates work opportunities for marginalised women.
Olli creates flip flops with natural rubber in Sri Lanka. As part of the Fair Rubber Association, Olli “purchases rubber from audited plantations that maintain Fair Trade standards that include safe working conditions, medical care, and a fair wage”.
Saola’s mission is to create eco-friendly shoes made of recycled materials such as plastic bottles, polyester, foam or canvas and organic/sustainable products like cotton or cork. The company plans on donating 5% of sales of each pair to an environmental conservation project when available at retail in Spring 2018.
By launching crowdfunding campaigns like these, shoe brands raise funds (sometimes more than expected), reach out their market, communicate about their products and federate their potential customers around common values. However, crowdfunding is also a risk: the campaign can fail, it is time/energy/money consuming and the company can be victim of its own success by having too many rewards to deal with!
In order to lower the risks, here is a list of handy tips to prepare a good kickstarter campaign:
With Summer comes the season of Garden Parties! Nature, fun, drinks… the right combinaison for having a nice time! However, garden means grass or small stones… which makes it tricky to plan the right shoes to wear in this kind of environment. Forget your high heels! They will sink into the ground and you won’t be comfortable… Here is our selection of 5 ethical shoes to remain stylish and green at the occasion of a Garden Party!
Made of golden leather and knitted fabric, the “Dazzling Cyclade” is at the same time original and elegant. Ideal to walk and stand on the grass all day long thanks to the open-toe and the 1cm-heels.
Image source: Eponyme
Available in several colours, the Cypress shoes can easily be worn with dresses and skirts thanks to its clean design. The model is comfortable and breathable with the 5mm insole and the use of cotton.
Image source: Faguo
Comfy as slippers, the Po-Zu minimal open-toe mule is made on a wooden wedge heel. Thanks to a flexible forepart and metal look, the Wren Off are easy to wear and so stylish!
Image source: Po-Zu
Rothys 3D knitted pointed flats are perfect for any occasion! Confortable, easily matchable with every outfits and modern, you will even forget you have shoes on!
Image source: Rothys
Summer is definitively here and your feet are suffering from the heat! Blisters, swelling, excessive sweating… Here are our 10 commandments to keep your feet cool and beautiful!
Your feet will remain dry, perfect to avoid blisters and bad smells!
Rotate your shoes so they can dry and keep their shape.
Sandals, open toes, flip flops, perforated, made of organic cotton… choice is yours! The goal is to let your feet breathe! Remember your ankles/feet may swell with the heat (especially at the end of the day), prefer adjustable straps or lace-up shoes to loosen gradually your shoes during the day.
If you cannot live without your sneakers, remember to wear organic cotton socks to keep your feet as dry as possible. You will avoid bacterias and fungi!
It will tan your skin and will avoid the formation of blisters.
If a blister appears, clean it with white vinegar, let it dry and put a band-aid on it. You can also put on it a green clay plaster, leave it acts and do it twice a day. The clay will soak the fluid and regenerate the skin.
Avoid to remain in the same position for a long time. More you move, less your fluids will stagnate. It will limit the swelling.
To avoid feet swelling, reduce salt and sugar in your food. Limit also bread, pizza, pasta or pastries. Prefer fruits and raw vegetables, as well as parsley, avocadoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, mushrooms, tuna, chicken, porc and bananas.
If your shoes stink, put 4 tea spoons of baking soda in each shoe when you are not wearing it to soak the smells and fight against bacterias.
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Now, you are ready… enjoy summer!