Clad in sandy-hued faux suede, Vegetarian Shoes’ “Dragonfly” flat is made to order in factories across the United Kingdom and Europe, including England’s oldest co-op, which was first established in 1881. It’s fitted with lightweight and grippy rubber soles, along with padded insoles for extra cushioning.
Traid Remade’s blue-and-white gingham flat brings to mind fresh-cut flowers, homemade jam, and endless summer picnics. Each limited-edition shoe is cut, lasted, and stitched in the United Kingdom from reclaimed vintage textiles and recycled leather trim.
Olsenhaus’s “Babylon” flat only looks like a traditional ballerina. It’s made of a cruelty-free microfiber derived from recycled television screens, with soles that are a mix of recycled rubber and sawdust.
Olanthe’s primary audience is brides and bridesmaids, but its satin flat could just as easily perk up an everyday outfit. Hailing from the south of France, the shoes are crafted in a family-owned factory that’s been in business for more than a century.
GIVE THEM THE SLIP
Available in orange, black, rust, and gray, the Kestell by Neuaura is so comfy, you’d swear you were wearing a sneaker. The secret lies in its memory-foam footbed, which provides the hemp-and-recycled-polyester upper all the support it needs.
MIGHT IS RIGHT
Love is Mighty packs a cruelty-free punch by marrying polyurethane “leather” with vintage Indian fabrics, woven recycled plastic, and vegetable-dyed jute and cotton canvas.
More than just a shoe, Lalesso’s fair-trade ballet pump spurs economic development in Kenya, where it’s fairly made from locally sourced wax cloth in an assortment of color combinations.
LE RAWR RAWR
Unleash your inner animal with the “Kathleen” leopard shoe by Elizabeth’s Kind Cafe. Each slip-on is crafted in the United States from recycled plastic bottles and other animal-free materials. Bonus: a portion of every sale benefits People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and 1% for the Planet.
A cobalt toe-cap makes a bold statement on the faux-snakeskin “Nora” ballerina by Cri de Coeur, which uses such cruelty-free materials as low-VOC polyurethane, 100 percent recycled Ultrasuede (derived from post-industrial polyester), and reclaimed wooden soles.
RED OR DEAD
Do your best Brigitte Bardot impression (circa …And God Created Woman) in the scorching red—and vegan-friendly—“Esther” by Bourgeois Boheme, a London label-cum-storefront that uses only non-exploitative factories that oppose child labor.
PLAY IT STRAIGHT
Handmade in Spain, Beyond Skin’s vegan ballet flat features a shimmery zig-zag pattern that will add graphic appeal to any look.
Drop-tops aren’t the only convertibles for warm-weather fun. This two-in-one heel from Nael Coce features a built-in ballet flat you can pop out when your feet poop out.