As consumers, we recognize the power of our vocalized objections to make a positive difference for the people that make the clothes we wear every day, ensuring they have fair wages and environmentally safe working conditions.
In our search for fair trade shoe brands, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite footwear brands producing fairly-made shoes that range in function, style and price. From hiking and running, to work, or a night out, these 14 brands make it easier to fill your closet with high quality staples for every occasion
The minimalistic design of ABLE’s shoes makes them a classic addition to your wardrobe. Their color palette features elegant basics in neutral colors and their spring arrivals are bright and cheerful! If you don’t get the right size the first time, ABLE also offers free unlimited US shipping back and forth until you find the perfect pair. This certified B Corp is dedicated to creating long-term economic impact by employing female artisans around the world.
Nisolo collaborates with local artisans in Peru from the design to the handmade production of their leather shoes, chukka boots, and sandals for both women and men. Nisolo provides fair wages and full-time employment to their artisans and each shoe has heart put into it from every person who works at Nisolo. We love their gorgeously-designed, well-made shoes and their fast, free shipping both ways.
If you’re looking to buy shoes that are long-lasting, ethically-sourced, and not marked up 8x the production price, Everlane is your one-stop shop. Their black, white, and brown shoes are investments that will be staples in your closet for years to come. Want to know where Everlane’s shoes are made? They feature all their factories on their website with an interactive map, bringing you one step closer to an ethical wardrobe. If you sign up for their site updates, you’ll receive free shipping for your first order within 24 hours.
Allbirds started with one simple mission: to make shoes in a better way, using natural materials. Their shoes are made from sustainable materials like FSC-Certified TENCEL™ Lyocell and ZQ Merino Wool (which ensures environmental and animal-friendly practices). With a simple pricing structure—all their men’s and women’s styles are $95—and their comfortable, lightweight designs, these shoes will be your go-to for daily wear.
The Root Collective
In a time where products can be mass-produced, The Root Collective wants you to know that everything you buy is made by someone, and they know just who that someone is. Working with shoemakers and textile-weavers in Guatemala, The Root Collective has improved the lives of locals who were in poverty or at-risk of being in gangs. As a certified B Corp, they believe ethically made shoes can change lives and start a culture of kindness. We’re suckers for flats, and we’re about to stock up on their adorably colored and patterned pairs.
As one of the most mainstream examples of the one-for-one charitable business model, TOMS has given over 75 million pairs of shoes to children in need around the world. The shoes they donate vary by region and need, and 1/3 of the production is done locally in the communities they support—meaning sustainable, fair jobs for people who need it the most. We love TOMS for their expanding selection and, of course, their comfortable classics for the whole family.
Ever wanted to compare a number of Fair Trade brands? Now you can with Made Trade, an online ethical shopping platform that provides fair trade shoes from brands like Nisolo, Coclico, and Chilote. Every product on their platform adheres to one or more of their top values: fair trade, heritage/artisan made, sustainable, or vegan—and in many cases, their shoes tick off a number of boxes. We love that it’s a one-stop shop for both men’s and women’s shoes whether you’re looking for fair trade sneakers or vegan heel
Fortress Of Inca
Fortress of Inca believes that the people who make their shoes are just as important as the people who buy them, and personally audit each of their factories in Peru to ensure excellent working conditions. They also source materials locally, including their byproduct leather that would otherwise be wasted. We love their durable and stylish booties, and their fresh take on the classic oxford.
Veja is a leader in eco and ethical production for athletic shoes. Veja buys organic and ecologically-friendly materials from fair trade family farms in Brazil and the Amazon, respecting fair trade standards. Based in France, the brand partners with a social charity that helps disadvantaged people reintegrate into society through work. Veja tightly controls its production and only produces orders placed six months in advance. Veja ships their product worldwide in packaging made of recycled and recyclable cardboard.
Native Shoes was founded in Canada back in 2009, with the goal of creating “Future Classics”. They combine casual silhouette style shoes with evolving technology, creating a lightweight, innovative, and future-forward shoe for men, women, and children. Mindful of the environment, they have a low-emission manufacturing process and no animal by-products in their shoes, all packaged with recyclable materials. As far as children’s shoes go, we’ve never seen anything as playful, stylish, and futuristic all in one!