Monki has been kicking goals with its ‘Monki Cares’ initiative — serving organic cotton, Better Cotton Initiative and recycled materials. Sweet! But this season, the brand has caught our eye with its PETA-approved vegan leather footwear (and bags! Which also feature recycled polyester). Our top pick is Monki’s iteration of the classic and always on-trend loafer, but we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t also added the faux croc western boots to cart too.
If there’s one brand who knows how to do a sturdy, statement boot well — it’s Vagabond. And with the brand’s ongoing improvements based on its sustainability commitments, the offer just got even better. Try boots lined with eco-friendly Tencel on for size, or soles made from actual recycled Vagabond shoes, and inner leathers tanned chrome-free. There’s a vegan selection available, though slim, and they can vouch for 60% of their leather coming from LWG rated tanneries. Those are some good steps.
Ever-reliable Arket has knocked it out of the park with the first glimpse of its autumn/winter footwear. It’s square toe, chunky sole and woven loafer galore. But what we’re really loving is the brand’s chrome-free tanning commitment. According to the brand, it means “a hide is converted to soft and supple leather using vegetable or synthetic extracts instead of chromium sulphate.” That’s better! And our pick of the bunch? The wide-shaft knee-high boots ofc.
New Balance went back to the ’70s for its retro 327 silhouette, and now the brand has gone back to basics with a refreshing (and more sustainable!) undyed version. It comes as a clean and simple nod to heritage fashion, but the sustainable twist feels super modern. Without any pigmentation, the production process uses less water, energy and waste — and the shoe becomes a neutral, hardworking staple, making it fit for a wide range of wardrobes.
We loved this brand all summer for its barely-there sandals, and now we love it more for the two-toned boot, puffy sandal, velvet wedge autumn realness. But the best thing this brand does is stick to their on-demand philosophy. Through the process of pre-orders, Alohas can anticipate demand, cut down significantly on waste, learn more about what people need AND pass on a lil early bird discount. The brand also produces local in Spain, which lowers the carbon footprint and ensures super frequent visits to their artisans. Once you decide on your fave pair (this is the hard bit!) you’ll get to donate what you like to one of the causes the brand is working with, such as native forest regeneration and international renewable energy projects. Aloha to you, too.