(SPOT.ph) These days, there aren’t a lot of excuses left for us not to take steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle. You can find eco-conscious substitutes for almost any of your daily essentials from shampoo refilling stations to bags made from recycled materials, and even environmentally friendly shoes. Whether you need comfy kicks for the gym or heels for a big event, it’s possible to find a pair made from materials that don’t harm the environment or create excess waste. If you’re not sure where to find them, allow us to help you revamp your shoe rack with some eco-conscious options.
Here are 10 pairs of shoes made from sustainable materials:
Crest Vibe Bionic Yarn (P3,795) from Sperry
Every sneaker from Sperry’s Eco Collection is made from plastic recovered from marine and coastal environments—each one contains about five plastic bottles. This means that not only are they making use of repurposed material, they're also taking steps to use plastic that's been polluting waters and could potentially harm marine life. We’re currently eyeing this pastel pink pair, but they’ve got tons of cute designs you’ll want to add to your collection.
Satin Ballet Pumps (P899) H&M
Earlier this year, H&M released the Conscious Collection, a line of trendy pieces including tops, bottoms, dresses, bags, shoes, and more made from sustainable materials. We spotted this dainty pair of flats in the collection, which is made from recycled polyester.
See a list of H&M branches.
Classic Espadrilles (P750) from Habi Lifestyle
Since opening in 2011, homegrown brand Habi has been promoting responsible fashion—their signature sandals and espadrilles are all made from eco-friendly materials and in partnership with local weavers and artisans from communities in Payatas, Batasan, Kiangan, and Zamboanga. This comfy pair in particular is made from upcycled woven fabric and tires. Plus, they’re practical enough to use every day!
Available online and at Roots at Unit 106 FBR Building, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
Love Me Knot (P1,940) from Renegade Folk
Renegade Folk’s line of elegant sandals is a great go-to for wearable, everyday shoes that you can take from day to night. This pretty white pair is currently on our wish lists—its boho aesthetic will give any look a chic-but-effortless feel and it’s made from upcycled leather!
See a list of Renegade Folk branches.
Luna (P1,850) from Muni Muni
These low-heeled slip-ons from Muni Muni remind us of classic bakya shoes, but with a modern twist. They’re hand-woven and made from locally sourced material. Plus, the soles are vegan leather in case you’re looking to transition to an animal product-free lifestyle. You can wear them for dressy occasions, but the rustic design makes them casual enough for daytime, too.
See a list of Muni Muni stockists.
Ladies Topsider (P1,499) from The Shoe Cycle
Snag upcycled, Marikina-made kicks when you shop at The Shoe Cycle. They’ve got practical pairs for both guys and girls that are perfect for going to work or running errands. They even have sustainably made bags and belts so you can slowly start building a more eco-conscious wardrobe. We’ve got our eyes on these stylish red boat shoes with soles made from upcycled tires.
Ultraboost Parley Shoes (P8,900) from Adidas
We recently let you in on the news that Adidas is coming out with a 100% recyclable shoe, but did you know that they've already come out with a line of partially upcycled sneakers? Made in collaboration with anti-plastic advocate Parley, the collection features some of the The Three Stripes’ signature silhouettes made with about 75% upcycled trash, including these sleek Ultraboost running shoes.
See a list of Adidas branches.
Agati Blue Slip Ons (P1,800) from Phinix
Homegrown label Phinix collects textile waste such as old clothes and fabric scraps, and transforms them into chic shoes and bags. We’re currently loving these navy slides, which feature a Japanese-inspired pattern.
Bright White (U.S. $125; roughly P6,421) from Rothy’s
San Francisco-based shoe store Rothy’s makes slip-on sneakers out of recycled water bottles that were once destined for the landfill. The bottles are washed, sterilized, fused into fiber, and then knit into a yarn that gives the sneakers their signature soft (and washable!) fabric. We recommend this minimalist pair that white sneaker loyalists will love. The comfy, no-fuss design is perfect for days when you know you’ll constantly be on your feet.
Jane (U.S. $105; roughly P5,402) from Susi Studio
Though based in Los Angeles, lifestyle brand Susi Studio is owned by Filipino entrepreneur Bianca Moran Parkes who discovered veganism at the age of 14 and made it her life’s mission to inspire others to live more conscious lifestyles. The brand was born out of Parkes’ realization that there was a gap in the market for cruelty-free footwear. We love these gorgeous brick-toned sandals from them, which are made from recycled materials and named after primatologist and animal welfare advocate Jane Goodall.