ethically made shoes

If you read my latest capsule wardrobe post, you know that my shoe game is in need of some work. I've never been much of a shoe gal - I mean they go on your FEET of all places, and touch all kinds of who-knows-what! But, I'm tired of buying cheap shoes that last one season then need replaced. I'm making an effort to no longer contribute to the devastating effects of the fast fashion industry, which means buying things that are ethically produced or secondhand. I'm pretty excited that the slow fashion movement seems to be gaining traction though, because it means more options than ever for ethically produced goods! I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds for ethically produced shoes that have caught my eye recently. 

And yes, the prices for most of these are much higher than what you're going to find at Payless or Target. But think about what you're paying for: fair wages, human dignity, the opportunity for families to provide for their children, send them to school and break the cycle of poverty that entraps families for generations. You aren't paying for a fancy label. You're contributing to a better world - I truly believe that. We all have a vote for the kind of world we want to live in, and that vote comes down to where we spend our dollars. I know it's hard - I know. But I'm really taking that to heart when it comes to making purchasing decisions. It's not just about me. It's about all of us.

Onto the shoes!

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR