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Candace Walsh

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Best Women's Green Shoes & Best Women's Eco Shoes

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Love shoes? Love the Earth? The two now go together in the form of beautifully crafted, sustainably made footwear, from the most take-no-prisoners snow boots to breathtakingly sexy and delicate pumps.

Choose the best women's green shoes for earth-friendly pumps to trail shoes. Always the best price, these best women's eco shoes offer plenty of style while be crafted of sustainable materials.

Best Womens Eco Footwear by Candace Walsh

The Best You Can Get

  • El Naturalista Ginkgo N426

    Candace says: Signal your green goddess roots with these instantly-old-friend Mary Janes. Naturally treated leather meets natural rubber outsoles at a beautifully stitched boundary that charms the eye with its gentle irregularities. The Microfibra lining is antibacterial and brooks no odor while also wicking away dampness.

    • Leather upper treated with natural oils and polish
    • Recycled carbon insoles
    • 100% natural rubber outsoles
    • Available in three colors: Brown, Tibet Red, and Musgo Green
  • Charmoné Cinnamon Velvet Pumps

    Candace says: If you’ve ever longed for a pump that resembles an orchid, this shoe’s for you. It’s so heartbreakingly elegant and feminine that you’ll forever lose the lingering association between eco-chic and clunky. Wear it to the opera, or compose one if there’s nothing scheduled — this shoe is that inspirational and deserving.

    • Vegan velvet d'Orsay and satin uppers
    • PVC-free microfiber; sweatshop-free, manufactured in Italy
    • Sustainable production using 70% pre-consumer waste
    • Boxes and printed materials made from recycled paper
    • Available in Bordeaux Red and Black
  • Patagonia Finn Trail Shoes

    Candace says: These sporty kicks are also sturdy and stylish: as fit for light hiking as they are for giving your cargos and cutest fleece a little extra panache (in the form of tastefully dotted shoelaces). The contrast-stitched mesh upper provides breathability, and the recycled outsole is uber-nubbly for maximum traction, wherever you happen to need it.

    • 30% recycled rubber Vibram Eco-Step outsole
    • 15% recycled EVA foam insole
    • 100% recycled polyethylene/polyurethane insole board
    • 70% recycled synthetic cork footbed with antimicrobial carbon
    • Vegan
  • Timberland Urban Fold-Down Heel Boots

    Candace says: If you like your boots to deliver super admiring whiplash-inducing double takes, these are the high-heeled babies for you. Wear them up or fold them down — the snug lacing system makes either choice equally soignée. Choose high-contrast navy and white, mellow brown, or meet in the middle at Wheat Nubuck’s white and honey combo. The rise may be high, but the rubber soles provide an optimal level of stability and grip.

    • 100% recycled polyester canvas and leather uppers
    • Moisture-wicking, 50% recycled polyester textile footbed and lining
    • PVC-free
    • Cushiony, solid rubber heel and forefoot
    • Available in three colors: Brown and Navy/White smooth leather and Wheat/White nubuck
  • Giesswein Bregenz Slippers

    Candace says: Wish your current slippers didn’t chafe your feet with their seams? Nothing like bare feet plus an indoor shoe to provide that quandary. These charmers have seamless boiled-wool uppers, combined with a natural-latex-dipped sole. But don’t assume these are too minimalist; the anatomical footbed provides arch support and a deep heel cup to keep you grounded.

    • Breathable, water-resistant, antibacterial, machine washable, and eco-friendly all natural boiled-wool uppers
    • Latex-dipped soles
    • Giesswein is committed to employing non-polluting, water-protecting, reduced energy factory practices

You will be happy with any of these

  • El Naturalista Dakyu N531 Boots

    Candace says: Believe it or not, these delicate, Victorian-looking boots were actually inspired by the world of women’s polo. Pre-worn in, they’d look equally compelling paired with denim or peeping out from under a long, swinging skirt.

    • Soft goat leather upper, naturally tanned using a 500-year-old process
    • Recycled, antibacterial footbed
    • Shock-absorbing, breathable, recycled carbon insole
    • 100% natural rubber outsole
    • Available in three colors: brown, black, and beige
  • Nike Takos Low GTX

    Candace says: With recycled soles and a born-yesterday design, these walking/hiking/everyday sneaks let you kick it old school while being kind to the environment and dosing your daily looks with a tempered, yet bold, hit of spicy flavor.

    • Manufactured according to Nike's Considered Design principles: materials and construction techniques designed to minimize environmental impact
    • Synthetic leather and mesh uppers
    • Nike Regrind recycled rubber soles
  • Patagonia Stubai Waterproof Boots

    Candace says: Fear no weather evil in these sturdy, while Bond-girl-chic snow and hiking boots. The recycled fleece collar flips up for added calf coverage, the soles are impressively thick, and contrast stitching ups the visual ante.

    • Soft chrome-processed waterproof “better leather,” sourced and made from tanneries that maintain a minimal environmental footprint
    • Recycled PET fleece collar
    • Triple density recycled footbed cushion
    • 15% recycled EVA compression molded foot frame and rubber multi-traction outsole
    • Available in three colors: Velvet Brown, Khaki, and Chanterelle
  • Merrell Era Mocs

    Candace says: These comfy clouds, correction: shoes, are extremely green in their myriad recycled elements. They may not bowl you over with visual pizzazz, but in terms of comfort, durability, and dependability, they are a consistent go-to shoe.

    • 40% recycled polyester Dri-Lex® Eco lining
    • Recycled foam collar; recycled insoles and EVA midsole
    • Recycled water-based adhesives
    • Vibram Eco-Step outsole of 30% recycled rubber
    • Available in three colors: Soy Sauce Brown, Gray, and Walnut
  • Zoe and Zac Green Line from Payless

    Candace says: A boldly affordable and accessible line of eco shoes? We’re thrilled. Payless has introduced Zoe and Zac, produced under the supervision of environmental scientist, model, and consultant Summer Raine Oakes. This is Payless’s first foray into the eco movement, and plans to incorporate green principles into their entire line of shoes as time goes on.

    • The line of ballet flats, sneakers, flip flops, and espadrilles debuts in April 2009
    • Organic cotton uppers
    • Heavy-metal free dyes; nickel-free metal details
    • Recycled PET elastic
    • Eco-friendly adhesives

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