Ethical Fashion and Sustainable Style: Shoes
How many shoes are made every year?
How harmful is the shoe industry?
Low Pay for Workers
The leather tanning process
What can I do to make better choices?
That is a really good question. I did a bit of research on where you can buy ethical shoes online:
The company Cri de Coeur has a "heartfelt desire to change the face of the fashion footwear and accessory markets by providing stylish, contemporary products that are ethically produced from harvest to high-street" All of the designs they have are amazing and reasonably priced.
Made Fair also has super cute shoes online that are ethical. Made Fair believes in "empathy for every person in our supply chain, whether it be the farmer who sows the cotton seed, the vendor who sells factory waste textiles, the craftsmen and women who construct the garment, and you, the customer."
For the children there is Arambha that "work[s] with women who are committed to improve the lives of their families and the opportunities of their children."
There are a few places to shop, but the most important thing is to ask questions when you buy your shoes or clothes.
Always ask yourself: Who made this? Were they paid well? Are the materials sustainable?
When you ask questions and dig deeper you get answers.
Check out our post on the difference between sustainable and ethical fashion