Sustainable and Ethical Sneakers

I spend my days teaching and mom-ming and working from home. My husband works a lot and when we do go out for date nights, we tend to keep it low key. This is a verbose way of justifying why I basically only wear athleisure wear these days.

And mama needs a new pair of shoes.

Last year I made a commitment to purchase sustainable, ethical gear so I have been on the hunt for sneakers that fit the bill. 

I was actually surprised by how few options are out there, but I did find a handful of wonderful gems:

For everyday / training

 πŸ“·:  Veja

πŸ“·: Veja

Veja - these sneaks are so swoon-worthy that you can pick up a pair at Barney's. This Brazilian company uses sustainable materials and tout radical transparency. These sneaks, for instance, are made from: B-mesh (made from upcycled plastic bottles), synthetic leather, wild rubber, organic cotton and polyurethane. 

 πŸ“·:  Allbirds

πŸ“·: Allbirds

AllBirds -  Made from ZQ Certified Merino* or responsibly grown and sustainably harvested eucalyptus pulp, bottle laces, castor oil insoles and boxed up in recycled packaging, these trainers are a sustainably-minded girl's dream. *This certification ensures that their wool meets the highest standards of farming, land management, and animal welfare. 


Adidas x Parley - Adidas teamed up with Parley for the Oceans to create a line of shoes (and gear) that uses "yarn made from recycled waste, intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before it reaches the ocean." 


For running

 πŸ“·:  Brooks Running

πŸ“·: Brooks Running

Brooks - from product materials to fair labor to community initiatives, Brooks has put much care into creating a sustainable and ethical running shoe. They have outlined each of their initiatives thoroughly here.

 πŸ“·:  Newton

πŸ“·: Newton

Newton is a Certified B Corp, which means that they meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. They also have several social impact initiatives that will make you feel good about buying their running shoes.