Every now and again it’s time to buy shoes. Rather than getting your next pair of shoes from your typical brand, buy a pair that has a positive impact on someone’s life. We’ve listed some of our favorite shoe companies that have super stylish shoes, but also focus on doing good in the world. These aren’t companies that just donate a small percentage to charity or try to ship with recycled packaging. Doing business ethically and leaving a positive mark on the world is built into the core of who they are and what they do.
From sandals to boots, here are some of the top ethical shoe companies that you should buy your next pair from.
1. TOMS Shoes
TOMS create trendy canvas shoes for all occassions. They pioneered the One for One model – for every pair of shoes they sell, they give one to a child in need. This also carries across to eyeglasses and coffee. TOMS also has work programs that employ people in developing countries to create the shoes, providing jobs. TOMS was founded by Blake Mycoskie when he traveled to Argentina and saw kids who weren’t able to go to school because they didn’t have any shoes.
Oliberté creates high quality leather shoes. Based in Ethiopia, their shoes are made by the local population, providing jobs and empowering their community. All shoes are made from natural local materials that are ethical and environmentally friendly. Oliberté was founded by Tal Dehtiar who seeks to empower countries in Africa through trade.
soleRebels creates unique shoes that are made out of recycled tires. They employ marginalized people in Ethiopia to create the shoes and provide jobs that lift the community out of poverty. Each shoe has a sturdy sole made out of rubber tires, with a vibrant colorful top. soleRebels was founded by Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu in order to help Africa through trade, not aid or charity.
Indosole creates classic sandals made from recycled tires. They work with artisans in Indonesia and are actively trying to reduce the waste in landfills. Each sandal has a rubber tire sole with different upper materials & styles. Indosole was founded by two Californians on vacation to Indonesia who saw the environmental impact of tire landfills.
Sseko Designs creates leather sandals with interchangeable straps. They are created in Uganda by women who are enabled to earn an income and go to college. Each sandal is designed with high quality leather with removable ribbon straps, giving you a range of styles. Sseko Designs was founded by Liz when she traveled to Uganda and met an incredible group of women there.
6. Roma Boots
Roma Boots creates quality, shiny weather proof rain boots. They follow the one-for-one model, where for every pair of boots purchased, they donate a pair stuffed with educational materials to a child in need. Roma Boots was founded by Samuel Bistrian who saw the children in his home country of Romania trudging through the rain and snow with inadequate shoes.
Have you purchased from any of these companies? What do you think about them or their products? Are there any we missed that should be on this list?