Put away the sandals and bring on the fall shoes! Okay”¦so it’s November and many of you did that long ago, but our favorite vegan and eco-friendly shoe designers are now rolling out their some new winter styles. With every season, they get better and better”¦more sophisticated, more in tune with what’s in vogue and just plain hot! Recently, we brought you our picks for the season’s best eco friendly boots and now, here’s our list of fall’s high style high heels.
An educational note: There is a difference between an eco-friendly shoe and a vegan shoe. Vegan means that absolutely no animal products are used, but the materials are not necessarily sustainable. Call it socially responsible. Eco-friendly means the materials used are either recycled, vegetable tanned leathers (as opposed to chemically tanned) or other sustainable textiles. At EcoSalon, we prefer the best of both worlds, but that’s not always an option – while we’d opt for eco over vegan, we know some of you prefer not to wear leather, ever.
Beyond Skin Gloria T-Bar Open Shoe in Black: We’ve been following this British company for a while, waiting patiently for them to start selling in the U.S. and at last”¦here they are! This great hand made, t-strap shoe is a combination of hemp and synthetic patent with a chunky heel. ($285)
Charmone Rosemary in Smoke: A traditional, pointed toe, medium heeled pump with a twist”¦of grosgrain ribbon that elegantly crosses the foot. Made of microfiber suede. ($179)
Cri de Coeur Linneah: For those who think edgy, this anthracite slingback is a cross between a shoe and a bootie and we just love that! Made of distressed hemp canvas. (shown below, top left; $265)
Kalia Nobilia: This new Italian-made, eco-friendly shoe collection has gorgeous, rich detailing. Finally, it is arriving in the U.S. So, it’s still only for pre-order but we’d recommend ordering yours now. We promise”¦this line will be hot! The Nobilia (noble in English) reminds us of exactly that, nobility. Microfiber suede with purple velvet lace up trim. (Shown at top; $340)
Melissa Shoes Flocked Wedge in Black: For the girl who likes a fun statement shoe, this modern, ankle strap, platform shoe has a big wedge and the tiniest peep toe. Made from Melissa’s sustainably produced Mel-flex plastic and flocked with a velvety finish to give an almost suede effect. ($69)
Natalie Portman Picasso 2 in Red: Natalie Portman loves red. We do, too. The very first shoe she wore from her first vegan collection was a red faux patent Mary Jane. This season, she’s introduced this vibrant red, faux suede wedge with great fold detailing. (Shown below, top right; $295)
Neuaura Caroleena in Capuccino: A bit more conservative vegan pump with some style. We like the ankle strap and thick heel, as well as the spectator styling of the toe. Made from synthetic patent leather. ($84)
Olsen Haus Pure Pump in Navy: We are completely in love with this whole collection, but this navy blue 100% vegan patent, croc-embossed pump, complete with covered platform and ankle strap, is to die for! (Shown above, bottom right; $215)
Stella McCartney Metal-Heel Patent Pump in Gray: Leave it to Stella McCartney to get several fall trends going in one great pump”¦the color gray, which is once again big this season, a metallic silver tone heel, patent leather (although hers is faux patent). (Shown above, bottom left; $595)
Terra Plana Patch in Bronze: This new eco friendly shoe from Terra Plana updates their classic pump with a beautiful bronze and black patchwork motif and great stitch detail. Made with vegetable tanned Nappa leather and other eco friendly materials. ($165)
post reprinted from: White Apricot