Summertime may equal easy living for you, but for your pasty, overwintered toes, it means finally seeing the light of day. Kick off those restrictive, cool-weather bindings—hello, it is the 21st century—and slip your tootsies into something with plenty of room to breathe. Above, a pair of eco-certified leather sandals ($85) from Simple Shoes.
Have a cool, not cruel summer with one of our plum eco-sandal picks, which tread lightly on the planet both literally and figuratively. Whether you choose from vegan T-straps that only look like leather—our favorite animal-friendly brands include Olsenhaus, Neuaura, and Cri de Coeur—or you decide to pull on a pair of ecologically preferable, vegetable-tanned leather gladiators, these seven sandals will ring in the warmer weather in high eco-style. (No hippie-dippy Jesus footwear, we promise.)