Each day at the moment, I seem to discover another amazing stylish and ethical brand that I can’t wait to share on this blog. Unfortunately life is just far too busy at the moment and I am struggling to keep up with posting on a daily basis (sorry about that!) but I definitely had to make time to tell you about Wills Animal and Human Friendly Shoes. You can check out their full range of on trend styles on the website wills-vegan-shoes.com.
The brand was started by, you guessed it, Wills, who had noticed a gap in the market for fairly priced ethical footwear. The site has a great selection of high quality shoes in contemporary styles for men and women including brogues, wedges and court shoes with new styles being added for each of the four seasons. Unlike some vegan shoes, Wills shoes are also made with respect for people and the planet. They are made in Portugal where workers are paid in accordance with European guidelines.These vegan shoes are certified by the vegan society and make a great eco friendly alternative to leather shoes. They are made from latest breathable faux leather micro fibres so they do not get ruined in the rain like leather shoes can.
What I really love about these ethical shoes are the prices! they are affordable and comparable in price with many of the non ethical shoes sold on the high street making this ethical footwear completely accessible to anyone who gives a monkeys about how their shoes are made.
There is some great feedback on the website if you are interested in finding out more.
What do you think of Wills ethical and vegan shoes?
You might have already checked out the video for style-is.co.uk that was created at LFW this autumn to explore individual style and why fashion makes us feel good. I think that in order for style to be sustainable, we need to do our own thing instead of following trends and I hope that this video will help to get everyone thinking about their own individual style.
To help spread the word and get everyone thinking, I have just launched a competition for fashion and style bloggers over at style-is.co.uk. Basically all you have to do is check out the video above then create your own video or post before 15th November (midnight) on your blog answering the following questions
What’s your style?
Why do you love fashion?
Once you have done, add a link to the YouTube video http://youtu.be/p2TFLTyqVDU and www.style-is.co.uk. Our favourite post or video will be picked to choose a pair of TOMS shoes up to the value of £42 (UK blogs only), as featured on Style-is.co.uk. All posts will also be promoted and shared through our social media channels as part of our what’s your style campaign.
You can check out just a few of the styles of TOMS shoes that you can choose from below. This prize will also allow someone in need to benefit from the TOMS one for one initiative where TOMS shoes donate a pair for shoes for every pair sold.
I know my readers have some amazing style? will you share it? I will be posting my what’s my style post soon!
With warmest wishes
I always think that footwear is the most difficult part of trying to shop ethically. Many people (me included) don’t really like the idea of second hand footwear too much and it can be difficult to know which brands to turn to for sustainable and eco friendly footwear. There are number of different considerations when trying to minimise the impact of your footwear, one being the footprint caused by the rearing of animals used to make leather. The tanning process for leather also uses highly toxic and environmentally damaging chemicals. Luckily Spartoo have a great selection of green / eco shoes including some made from completely natural materials with the leather being tanned using vegtable tans. Anyway… here are my top picks of eco footwear for autumn and winter.
Boots for Work
As I don’t have a kind of set uniform that I would wear to work, I need a pair of shoes that are versatile and will work well with both skirts and trousers. A low and easy to walk in heel is also a must for me. You may have heard me rave about Dream in Green shoes before (I already own 2 pairs by this brand) but they are really well made and comfy to wear. I love these ankle boots!
For the weekend, it is great to have a pair of boots that can be worn over skinny jeans and leggings. I love these slouchy biker boots, again by Dream in Green.
Even if the weather is pretty rubbish in the autumn and the winter, I like to try and get out and about if possible and love walking. These hiking boots by Patagonia looking better than traditional hiking boots and also have shock asorption making them really comfortable to wear.
Versatile Court Shoes
A pair of versatile court shoes is ideal for wearing with all sorts of outfits from work wear to a party dress. I already have these Dream in Green ones in red and can vouch for the fact that they are super comfy.
What shoes will you be wearing for autumn and winter?
With warmest wishes
I definitely heard my mum say that there was a heat wave on its way quite soon. I won’t really believe it until it happens, but I see no harm in getting ready for that warmer weather just in case. I have been checking out some of the latest styles of shoes for spring in the green (eco section) at Spartoo. If you haven’t checked it out yet I would definitely recommend as they have one of the most extensive selections of eco shoes that I have seen anywhere.
Here is what has caught my eye for spring.
These sandals by Swedish Hasbeens have a kind of chunky charm to them. I love the colour and the fact that the chunky heel is going to be fairly easy to walk in. They will look good with so many of my dresses for summer. In case you are wondering about the ethics behind the Swedish Hasbeens brand, they are still handmaking their shoes in the traditional way using ecologically prepared natural grain leather. Their production methods are kind to both people and planet.
Dream in Green are one of my favourite Eco shoe brands. I have a pair of shoe boots from them which are super comfy and go with everything I have worn them constantly throughout the winter. So for Spring I was really interested to see that they have some great flat shoes which would again go with everything.
These Guertine Ballerina pumps are made from vegetable tanned leather an eco friendly alternative to conventional leather which uses a cocktail of chemicals in the tanning process.
I am also a big fan of Timberland for their high quality, practical and stylish clothes and shoes. This pair of sandals have a simple style and incredibly versatile. The tan colour and cork wedge heel (apparently) helps to lengthen the leg and with legs as short as mine, I can do with all of the help I can get. Another fantastic pair of shoes for wearing with all of my summer dresses.
Are you ready for spring? which of these styles would you wear?
With warmest wishes
A good pair of winter boots is most definitely a staple of my winter wardrobe (and I guess most other peoples). They need to look great, be super comfortable to walk in and able to keep my feet toasty warm no matter what the British weather throws at us. On top of all that I need a pair of boots which will go with lots of items in my wardrobe, are ethically made and have a minimum impact on the environment and finally don’t cost too much.
Not much to ask for, right?
Luckily there is a fantastic sale on at Spartoo at the moment. If you haven’t already checked out Spartoo before they have a fantastic ‘green’ section stocking some of my favourite eco friendly brands of shoes including Dream in Green, Timberland Earthkeeper and Pikolinos. The majority of the styles are also timeless so it doesn’t really matter if you buy them in the sale, they will still look great for years to come and being high quality brands they are also likely to last for years to come. Anyone enough of me waffling on. I though I would share some of my favourite picks from the Spartoo ‘green’ sale.
These Dream in Green Boots are made from vegetable tanned leather and reduced from £132.99 to £66.50!
These Timberland Earthkeeper Rudston boots will go with anything from jeans to dresses. Timberland also have a transparent supply chain and use eco friendly materials to make their Earthkeeper boots. They are reduced from £141.99 to £78.10.
These boots by eco brand Pikolinos are both stylish and snuggly (the fur is faux btw), They have been reduced from £145.99 to £87.60.
Have you seen any amazing eco bargains in the sales?
With warmest wishes
A good pair of winter boots or shoes is an essential part of my winter wardrobe with key requirements usually being warmth and comfort, an on trend look, versatility to go with a variety of items in my wardrobe. When the weather gets really cold I love to wear a longer pair of boots either with a skirt and tights or for tucking in skinny jeans or leggings. I also love a pair of ankle boots with a small heel for wearing with boot cut jeans and trousers. Over the last few years I have been particularly taken with wedge ankle boots which are probably the easiest type of heel to walk in and great for adding a bit of height.
Here are some of my favourite winter boots at Spartoo.co.uk (which by the way all have a minimum impact on the planet!)
Timberland are a well known brand that have really made a big commitment to sustainbility particularly with the Earthkeepers Collection, they also happen to have some fantastic winter boots. I love these EK Bethel Buckle boots from the Earth Keeper Collection. They have a recycled sole and ergonomic insole and are made from at least 50% recycled materials.
Another favourite eco brand of mine is Dream in Green. They have a strong commitment to sustainability and they always have some great styles. I love the vintage feel to these Brigno boots which is a result of the vegetable tanned leather that has been used to make them.
These boots by Snipe which are great for a casual weekend outfit. Snipe shoes boast both friendly product design and manufacturing processes.
What do you think? do you like an of these boots or brands?
With warmest wishes
Do you ever wish you could slip out of your heels and into a pair of cool flip flops instead?
I was recently sent a pair of SPAIR Sandals which cleverly fold into a little pouch which will easily fit into most handbags. Should you need to wear them, them, the little pouch turns into a bag that can be used to carry your shoes home. I have seen similar ideas on the market before, but what I really loved about Spair sandals is that they are 100% Recycled tires and earth-friendly leatherette.
They are actually a kind of solution to an environmental issue as stated on their website
improper disposal of over 300 million rubber tires per year is a serious risk to our health and environment. Disease-carrying pests and mosquitos breed in the stagnant water that collects in tire piles, and spread deadly viruses like West Nile, encephalitis, and malaria.
Whilst I haven’t had the chance to do a manicure to show off the actual sandals that I was sent, I have given them a try and can confirm that they are super comfy. I think they would be fantastic for weddings when I almost always feel the need to kick my shoes off by the end of the day so that I can strut my stuff on the dance floor.
The shoes are available in 3 colours in the US from www.spairsandals.com
Would you find these useful?
With warmest wishes
Yippee summer has finally arrived. This is great news for me particularly as the children break up from school on Friday and weeks of being cooped up in the house with 2 energetic children doesn’t really appeal that much. Sunshine for us means picnics in the park, bike rides, days out and camping trips.
If this summer weather has taken you by surprise and you are planning on swapping your welly boots for something a little more elegant, Spartoo has a fantastic sale on ethical shoes. With some great reductions on all sorts of shoes from sandals and flip flops to heels and even trainers or ‘daps’ as they call them round here, you are sure to find what you need at a great price. The shoes in the sale include some of my favourite eco brands including Pikolinos, Dream in Green and Terra Plana. They are made with respect from the environment and many are either vegan or made using vegetable tanned leather. What I really love about these shoes though is that they are made for comfort and to last, perfect for when you have lots of walking to do.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Ethical Sandals by Dream in Green
Wedges by Dream in Green
Sandals by Pikolinos
Marilyn Court Shoes by Terra Plana
What fun things do you have planned for the summer?
With warmest wishes
So here I am at the end of week 2 of the six items challenge. It has been a pretty busy week and I haven’t had the chance to spend much time thinking about what I wear and how to accessorise my chosen items in order to create a different outfit each day. I did manage to do something slightly different each day except one when I resorted to the easy outfit which I wore last week of just my ASOS printed trousers and t shirt. I also got the opportunity to wear some accessories that I have recently treated myself to a pair of earrings featuring Josephine Baker and a scarf from Accessorise.
This is my scarf by Accessorise and my first ever attempt at wearing neon
I got this scarf from Oxfam Online and the necklace is by ethical jewellery brand Made UK.
This beaded necklace is from People Tree and it is those black ballet pumps by sustainable shoe brand Melissa, perfect for the rain as they are plastic!
Thursday was a bit of an opt out on the accessories front but I am wearing shoe boots my my favourite ethical shoe brand Dream in Green.
This was the outfit I wore to my cousins birthday party on Saturday. I picked the scarf up in the week from a charity shop. The earrings are handmade using vintage bits by Lilygrace Originals.
Another simple outfit - I definitely need more colour next week.
Apart from doing the challenge this week I have also managed to get some goodies from a quick dash into a charity shop in Bath (inc the scarf I am wearing above). Too bad I won’t get to wear the green lace dress and angorra jumper yet.
I also went to London for the fabulous ’How to be an Eco Warrioress’ event organised by Bi.itch Online. I will be blogging about it more on www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com.
I hope you are having a good start to the week. What have you been up to lately?
With warmest wishes
I just wanted to share with you another fantastic ethical brand that I have come across. Marlandia is the exclusive U.S. online distributor for Retalhos Cariocas, a progressive Brazilian fashion house that transforms flip-flops with recycled and sourced
fabrics into sandals with a vibrant mix of Brazilian beach and urban style. They are now shipping worldwide!
Founder Silvinha Oliveira was born into the Barreira do Vasco slum, far from the beaches of Ipanema. With extraordinary determination, she worked her way through fashion school, returned home and created Retalhos Cariocas, which translates to “Rio Scraps.” Her vision is to empower local women by teaching them sewing skills and offering fair wages. She explains, “People from the favela… There’s a destiny of being poor, not being able to go to university, or get a good job. We’re fighting to destroy the mentality that a person from the favela doesn’t have the right to be someone.”
Today, the women of Retalhos Cariocas are fighting their way out of Brazil’s slums and creating economic opportunities to lift their community out of poverty. Through their use of fair trade labor and sustainable materials, Retalhos Cariocas has gained worldwide acclaim for empowering local women from Brazil’s slums, as featured in Cosmo India, Look Magazine U.K., Origin Magazine, and Forbes Magazine Blog as well as Rio Fashion Week.
The story behind these sandals is pretty amazing, you can see more in the video below but what I really love with this sandals is that they look amazing and really unusual. As you can see from the video, it is not just about fair trade, the design is also of huge importance.
I hope that you are having a lovely weekend. Please don’t forget if you have not already entered, my outfit competition ends today. I am enjoying my last day of freedom (in terms of what I wear) before I start on the Labour Behind the Label 6 Items Challenge. I will post more about this tommorrow but if you would like to read about it, you can do so here.
With warmest wishes