By Azure Nelson,
Published Jun 21, 2010
About Recycled Bride
Green shoes (in every color!) for the green bride and her bridesmaids!
Wedding-day shoes come in all different colors and styles, from sparkly stilettos to hip multi-hued Mary Janes. And while there are plenty of conventional sources for your bridal heels
and bridesmaids' shoes
, today I'm going to introduce you some of the best new styles in a growing market for eco-friendly shoes. What makes a shoe eco-friendly?
Most green shoes are made of sustainable or recycled materials, and/or animal-free materials that include leather alternatives and cruelty-free fabrics. While these materials are usually synthetics, they're generally low-impact synthetics like microfiber that have a much smaller carbon footprint and produce less waste than traditional leather, suede and satins. Below are my top picks for eco-chic bridal kicks...
Trendy and eco-friendly, Terra Plana
offers a wide variety of ballet flats
and high heels. Their Sandy ballerina flat, with a bow detail, has eco memory foam for comfort while you dance the night away, all on a recycled sole. For every shoe purchased, Terra Plana will donate to Greenpeace
in support of their 'Slaughtering the Amazon' campaign.
is where style-conscious feet meets socially conscious shoe design. Charmone's mission is to create charming women's shoes in harmony with animals, people and the environment. Made sweatshop-free in Italy and Brazil, Charmone's shoes are constructed from animal-free materials and low-polluting microfiber. You won't find any plain white satin here! The collection is filled with whimsical styles, bright patterns, and fun colors.
Super-chic fashion designer Stella McCartney
is a lifelong vegetarian, and makes all of her clothing and shoes without leather. Her eco-friendly
shoe selection includes cork stilettos, made from faux nappa straps and recycled cork insoles. These shoes are for the cutting-edge fashionista bride who also wants comfort and sustainability for her walk down the aisle.
is an all-vegan shoe collection featuring pretty bridal pumps
and fancy footwear made of recycled industrial waste from televisions, and with soles made of composite rubber. All olsenHaus shoes are 100% animal-free and cruelty-free, and the company adheres to a high standard of ethical social responsibility in animal rights, human rights, and the environment. Products are made of non-animal materials, in sample rooms and factories that are personally checked for ethical practices & environmental impact.
Will you go eco-chic with your bridal heels??