Whether you like your sandals chunky, ultra hot, strapped, heeled, funky, plateaud, classic, babouche-like, thonged or comfy, you just like it easy. That slide- in, slide-out kind of easy.

This curation of 'slide into summer' sandals is in need of your bared legs and an easy breazy attitude. The brands vary from affordable to mid-market and hold values varying from pre-order (to minimize waste and overproduction), to non-toxic materials and crafted by European artisans.

Keep in mind that almost every pair your see comes in a variety of colours. Just click the link and explore the brands' page for more options.

- Learn more about the brands sustainable values all the way below -

And please don't forget to let me know which ones you've got #founditonthecosmospolite or DM

Ethical summer footwear

2022

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SLIDE INTO SUMMER

MOOD

DECADE

Easy

90s 00s hybrid

EMOJI

BODY PART

☀️

Bare skin legs

close up of legs wearing white pants wearing black leather affordable priced Alohas mules
black leather chunky mules from vagabond shoemakers
black leather mules from Vagabond shoemakers
white leahter square toe mules from Vagabond shoemakers
black leather round nosed mules frm aeyde
beige leahter thonged flip flop platform sandal
black leaterh velcro strap slide sandals
double strapped elegent black sandals
black leahter platform mules from vagabond shoemakers
double strapped and studded shiny leahter sandals
ethical sustainable birckenstock look a like
black leahter puffy strapped sandals from alohas
purple sporty velcro strapped sandals
easy black leather slides from Vagabond
orange mega platform sandals from Simon Miller
black platform sandals from miista
bright orange vegan platform sandals
metallic pink chunky sandals
metallic silver toe sandals from Alohas
black chunky heeled sandals
black and white a symetric sandals from vagabond
black leather criss-cross wooden platform sandals
Off white elegant criss-cross flat sandals from Aeyde
black delicate strap sandals
Black leather knotted slides from Filippa K
Puffy leather crossed sandals
asymetrical black and white flat sandals
ethical and more eco-friendly suede birckenstock look-a-likes
Eco-friendly Crocs look-a-likes
ethical and more eco-friendly suede birckenstock look-a-likes
black chic flip flop like flat sandal
black leather studded clogs
puffy bright blue leather sandals from Sinobi
elevated leather flip flops from Alohas
Legs wearing black and white ying yang sandals from Paloma Wool
the back of the pink and wooden heels under a julia Heuer skirt.
black leather puffy squared sandals
midnight blue babouche slippers from Marocco
Creme pointy suede babouche inspired mules from Vagabond
cognac suede babouche like sandals from Aeyde
Off white babouche leather sandals from Marocco
White leather cut out slide ons from Flattered
Tie Dye artisanal babouche like slides

Brands in this style edit

While it’s impossible to be perfect, for shoes brands I find it extremely difficult to find very, very good brands that produces small AND also have a great eye for aesthetics. That’s why I was a little easier on myself - and you - with this style edit. It's def not easy being the all perfect conscious consumer... The brands in this style edit range from brands doing take steps into sustainability to super inspiring and great. Learn more here:

 

 

 

AEYDE

Designed in Berlin and produced in Italy. The minimalistic, high quality footwear feels like luxury, yet have a fair and transparent pricing. The shoes are made from different kind of leathers. Which are always a by-product from the food industry. Footwear is made under fair working conditions in Italy.

ALES GREY
Finally found my sustainable Crocs look-a-likes!! Shoes are made with a high quality sustainable foam containing 51% recycled materials. The patented technology allows a saving of 50% new mineral resources. And the entire solar-powered manufacturing process requires zero water consumption and creates no waste. That's a lot of goodness! Manufactured in Le Marche, Italy. Brand is based in Los Angeles. 

 

ALOHAS

The Spanish brand fights overproduction by following a pre-order business model. This way they can accurately anticipate demand levels prior to production. They have a strong focus on ethical labour as well. Just beware, vegan often means 'made of PU', a synthetic leather look-a-like material. Their leather is toxic free. Shoes are handcrafted in Alicante.

 

BEKLINA

One of the world’s first eco-boutiques now also produced its own items, like hats and footwear. I just love them! So out of the ordinary. Their design is feminine, artsy, quirky yet sophisticated and wearable. The Beklina collection is produced ethically, mostly in the USA, Nepal, and Peru.

ETSY

Etsy is a fantastic place to discover vintage, second hand and small produced homewear, furniture, clothing, accessories and footwear. Like the babouche slippers in this style edit. I would rather go to Marocco (too) and meet the artisans themselves. Etsy is a great alternative.

ESSEN
Designed in Melbourne, produced in south of Europe. Essen is one of the most transparent and sustainable footwear brands in this list. It's very open about their efforts. On their website you can read their focus on minimizing carbon footprint, following a pre-order model for new items added to the collection and to get a sneak peek into their factories. Also read more about their thoughts on waste, circularity, traceability and giving back.


FILIPPA K

As one of the bigger brands I am extra critical. Yet I think with their growing collection of timeless design they are taking great steps into becoming a more sustainable brand. They also guarantee fair working conditions to their garment and shoe makers.

FLATTERED
The Swedish Flattered is classic, modern and slightly delicate. The small brand produces in South of Europe, think Italy, Portugal and Spain. They have a strong focus on fair work conditions.


MIISTA

Fashion forward and artsy shoes and clothes. Designed in London, produced in Spain and Portugal. The brand delivers quite a lot of style drops throughout the year. Often in limited edition runs. They work in Galicia (Spain), where they also have their own clothing factory.

 

PALOMA WOOL
The Spanish brand is a project of designer and photographer Paloma Lanna. The brand has a feminist incling, produces shoes (also most of her clothing) locally and works with local artisans. We don’t know its efforts about minimizing waste, chemicals or work ethos, but I think this a good start for a small and still relatively young brand.

SIMON MILLER
As one of the bigger (footwear) brands in this style edit I must be extra critical here. The US brand creates shoes in Portugal and Spain. Which are not high risk countries known for violating workers. Yet, it would be nice to see more transparency. They work with recycled and eco-friendly materials but also use synthetics. It is exploring sustainability by teaming up with sustainable brands that match their fun and eye popping design. But that’s about it for now. Weird fact, they used to be more up front about their efforts… Let’s hope they’re regrouping and will tell us more soon. I’ll dive into it. I gave them the benefit of the doubt by including two of their pairs in this style edit.

SINOBI

Japenese Zen inspired sandals from designer duo Alexander (Ukrainian) and Shushan (Armenian). The minimalistic design is crafted with deadstock high quality leather, natural rubber, (mostly) recycled EVA used for cushioning while walking and waterbased glue (minimizing toxins). 

 

VAGABOND

Born in 1973 the brand has only committed to sustainability over the last decade. The Swedish brand works with their own Vietnam based factory and has an in house atelier where they create limited run collections. They are in the process of becoming more and more sustainable. It’s use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production. But it’s not all good. Yet. Some leather sandals are chrome free, others aren’t. It's good to double check, when in doubt just ask the brand. 

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