Just like a little black dress and good pair of (organic denim) jeans, when the sunshine season hits, we reach for sassy sandals. This season, we’re rolling out the beach towel for eco-chic versions that tread lightly on the planet. From tire-derived gladiators to birkies with a higher purpose, these sandals—though flat-footed—inspire a truly stiletto-sized carbon footprint. Plus, we scored more than $400 worth for our subscribers! Part Four of Four.
Green Soul Shoes, which donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair sold, knows a thing or two about eco-friendly footwear. The company has its roots in the Philippines, where Alastair Onglingswan ditched his corporate job in 2008 to start-up Green Soul after witnessing shoeless children dumpster-diving in the Manila slums where millions of tires take 80 years to decompose, creating a breeding ground for malaria-ridden mosquitoes in the process. Alastair’s mission? To get shoes to 100 million children within the next five years, and ease off the landfill in the process.
But, we all know, you can only go so far with recycled tire soles and good intentions. Luckily, these shoes look good, too. Take the Resner, which is a sophisticated take on the classic Birkinstock sandal that we’d wear with pride. Because this company’s quest goes beyond shoeing underprivileged children. Green Soul Shoes creates an avenue for artisans to sell their goods and lift themselves out of poverty. Souled!
Caption: Green Soul Shoes Resner Sandals ($49.99)
Kaleena Thompson is a regular contributor to Luxury Home Quarterly, Green Building + Design, Halogentv.com, Orlando Home & Leisure, and MARCH magazines, where she covers eco-friendly fashion, trends, sustainable design and architecture, and humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. Kaleena loves a high-heeled pump, enjoys a good read, and indulges her inner cupcake foodie.
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