Eco Shoes for Spring

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

Ceri x

 

 

Eco Boots in the Sale

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!

Ek Rudston Boot

 

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

Ceri x

Winter Boot Picks

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.

Dream in GreenAnother 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

Ceri x

 

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Product Review – SPAIR Sandals

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

Ceri x

Ethical Summer Shoes In the Spartoo Sale

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

Ethical Sandals by Dream in Green

Wedges by Dream in Green

Pikolinos Sandals

Sandals by Pikolinos

Marilyn Court Shoes by Terra Plana

What fun things do you have planned for the summer?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Six Items Challenge – Week 2

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

Ceri x

 

Recycled Sandals – Brazilian Beach and Urban Style

recycled sandals

Brazilian Ethical Sandals

recycled sandals

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

Ceri x

 

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Fashion Blogger’s Ethical Outfit Competition – Over £250 of Prizes to be Won

ethical outfit comp June- Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog

Following on from the success of the last 2 Ethical outfit competitions, I have decided to make these competitions a regular event. It is fantastic to see how bloggers are wearing ethical and sustainable fashion and I hope that these outfits will inspire others to give ethical/ sustainable fashion a try too. The competition is open to any UK fashion blogger, your outfit just needs to include at least one ethical or sustainable item which include anything organic, made from sustainable fabrics, fair trade, vintage, recycled or second hand. you can find out more on how to enter below, but first I wanted to tell you about the fantastic prizes!

The Prizes

£100 of Spartoo Vouchers

Pikolinos Sandals

Spartoo are an online shoe retailer with a fantastic selection of ethical and sustainable shoes. The vouchers can be spent on men’s, women’s or children’s shoes from a wide range of brands including my favourites Dream in Green, Melissa and Pikolinos.

Organic Cotton Yoga Pants and Tencel Vest by From Clothing

From Clothing

This outfit by From Clothing consists of loose fit, 3/4 length Capri leggings made in a scrumptious soft organic cotton and a beautiful, feminine strappy vest made from 95% sustainable Lenzing Tencel. It is perfect for Yoga, Pilates or simple, relaxed everyday wear! From Clothing is a new Ethical Fashion Brand based in Devon designing clothes inspired by the big outdoors and made using ethically sourced, organic and sustainable
materials. Their clothes are stylish, flattering and on trend whilst promoting the
‘real shaped’ woman.

A Calypso Skirt from Bibico

Bibico calypso skirt

Take your pick of a Calypso skirt in you choice of white, grey or a pretty print. (subject to availability). Bibico is an ethical fashion brand which combines contemporary styling with traditional skills including hand weaving, embroidery and knitting to create beautifully simple and charming clothing. All of their clothes are made from quality natural materials and produced in fair trade cooperatives.

£50 to spend at Grassroots Fashion

Grassroots Fashion

Break free from the high street with GrassrootsGrassroots provides unique, fashionable and affordable, upcycled clothing. Each garment is individually re-designed and upcycled to reflect the current fashion trends so you can wear the season’s must have styles without it costing the earth.

If you would like to enter, all you have to do is post a picture of you wearing your ethical outfit on your blog with a link to www.ethicalfashionblog.com and mention which aspect of your outfit is ethical. Then follow me on Twitter (@StyleEyes) and tweet me the link with the following:-

’I’m rocking #ethicalfashion for the @StyleEyes Blogger’s Outfit Competition’

Before the end of 30th June.

I will choose winners from 1st to 4th place based on how stylish, creative and ethical their outfits are, on 2nd July. The first prize winner will get to choose their prize first, the second next and so on. All outfits enetered in the competition will also be published here on Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog with a link to the relevant blog.

I can’t wait to see your outfits! If you want a bit of inspiration, check out the amazing outfits from my last competitions in November 2011 and March this year.

For those that have an interest in Ethical Fashion, you may be interested in joining a new group that I have just set up www.ethicalfashionbloggers.com. You don’t only have to just blog about ethical fashion, it is for anyone that is interested in networking with other bloggers, working with ethical brands, joining in ethical outfit challenges, DIY and post round ups and coming along to meet ups. We also love vintage, charity shopping and DIY.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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Patagonia Shoes – Performance and Comfort to the Max

When you think of the companies that have been the real pioneers of sustainability in the clothing industry, Patagonia is most definitely one that springs to mind. Whilst they are perhaps more about function than fashion, their clothes are just right for looking the part when out and about in the great outdoors even in an urban area and I always think you need to be comfortable to look stylish!

The brand founder Yvon Chouinard is a lover of the outdoors and of nature and the company has a strong philosophy of respect for the environment which encompasses everything that it does from the creation of new fabrics including recycled polyester and their common threads recycling iniative to its involvement in environmental projects and campaigns around the world. It still manages to make great looking clothes that perform to the max.

Patagonia is a company that really does walk the walk when it comes to sustainability making a huge commitment to the environment by donating 1% of all sales to grassroots environmental groups. They also have an environmental internship scheme where employees can leave their jobs for up to one month to work for the environmental group of their choice. Patagonia continues to pay their salaries and benefits while they’re gone, and environmental groups worldwide get them for free.

I am particularly taken by the range of Patagonia shoes stocked in the UK by Spartoo.co.uk which are ideal for those who like to combine comfort and style and demand a lot from their footwear from the flip flops which are ideal for beach holidays and watersports to the trail shoes for those who love to run.

Patagonia Ballerina pumps

Maha Breathe coral shoes

Patagonia flip flops

 Banda Thong Flip flop

Banda Sling Sandal

Banda Criss Cross

Fore Runner Trail Shoes

What do you think of these? Do you need comfy shoes for an active life?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Ethical Fashion Brands in ASOS Green Rooms

I have, in the past, been a little critical of the ASOS Green Room for the fact that many of the clothes featured in it would not really be what I would consider ethical and they provided very little information on the ethics of the brands and clothes that they sold. I am pleased to say much of that has now changed and ASOS Green Room now contains quite a comprehensive collection of ethical brands as well as some of their own label clothes including the fabulous ASOS Africa Collection which has been produced by working with SOKO, a clothing production workshop for the export market that aims to create sustainable, fair employment and offer training and skills to some of the most impoverished communities in Kenya.

It also has a bit  of information about each of the designers/ labels that it sells. I would however suggest that if you are unsure of whether a label fits with your ethics you look for further information on the brands own website.

I wanted to share some of the ethical brands and collections that are stocked in ASOS Green Rooms and have caught my eye.

ASOS Crochet Village

ASOS Crochet Village

I love crochet and I love the way this dress incorporates it into a fresh and modern style of dress ! Crochet Village is part of ASOS collection and includes dresses, skirts and tops that fit perfectly with the other exciting and directional pieces in the collection. The collection is made in Bangladeshi village of Chonpara, it enables underprivileged communities to establish sustainable business through their local artisan craftsmanship.

Heti’s Colours

Hetis Colours

Heti’s Colours is the label of Heti Gervis, a colour forecaster and textile designer who has worked with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein. The collection is inspired by the softness and depth of colour created by hand-dyeing. The collection consists of tonal jersey pieces which are perfect for layering and colour blocking hand dyed in a community near Jaipur, India.

Choolips

Choolips

Choolips combines ancient textile traditions with fun colourful prints and pretty dresses. The dresses featuring modern Batik prints on pure cotton made entirely in Ghana with both ethical and sustainable practices. Theses dresses are so perfect for summer!

TOMS

TOMS shoes

I have seen TOMS featured on quite a few fashion blogs recently and really love them for their simple laid back style, multiple choices of colour/ fabric and that they match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a
child in need.

What do you think? have you visited the Green Rooms at ASOS recently?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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