Unlike pants and some other clothing items, shoes are pretty easy to order online. If you know your shoe size, the pair you order is likely to fit - all shoppers really need to do is read reviews on comfort and they should be good to go. This makes footwear one of the easiest clothing items to purchase from ethical brands.
We already have a couple pairs of TOMS and Everlane's kicks are a bit on the pricey side, but Nisolo fits this gap perfectly. Nisolo specializes in handmade leather shoes with a completely traceable supply chain. All Nisolo producers receive, at a minimum, beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment. The brand provides work for over 500 people across their supply chain. More information on their factories and employee payment can be found on their impact statement.
Vegan leather can be a bit of a misnomer. These materials being toted as sustainable alternatives are often polyblends of different plastics. Depending on what the "vegan leather" is actually made out of, it may have a similar environmental footprint to traditional leather. That said, we all know the horrors of factory livestock farming - and so does Nisolo.
Nisolo's suppliers buy leather from farmers committed to the ethical treatment of animals, and all leather used is a by-product of the meat industry.
AND, THE SHOES ARE GORGEOUS
So, get $25 off your first pair!