I suffer from a constant internal conflict especially when it comes to shoes. My head says that I should by eco friendly shoes. As I write for some eco fashion brands, I definitely know the facts, the risks to human health and the environment caused by the tanning of leather shoes. My heart says, I want my shoes to look great and there just isn't enough choice for me if I only shop for eco friendly shoes.
However, the choice is definitely becoming less of a problem and within the green section at online shoe retailer Spartoo, I had no problem at all finding plenty of eco friendly shoes that I love. Spartoo has a whole section for 'green' shoes from a variety of different brands including Vialis whose moto is 'to show as much respect to the customers as the environment', El Naturalista who make eco friendly shoes that combine tradition and modernity and Pikolinos a Spanish brand that concentrates on 100% natural shoes and artisan manufacture. The leather in these shoes is tanned with vegetable tans and without chemicals, this makes them better for the workers and the environment.
One of the best things about these shoes for me is that they have a strong focus on comfort, so I can actually get beautiful shoes that are comfortable to walk in. I even managed to find some 'Demi Wedges' mentioned in this months Elle as the latest must have shoe. The perfect option to give a bit of extra height on the school run.
Even better, Spartoo have a great sale on at the moment.