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What are sustainable shoes, and what types are there? Find out here.

If you want to make more informed decisions, let us tell you what sustainable shoes are and how to spot them.

What are Sustainable Shoes?

Sustainable Shoes: A Step in the Right Direction

When it comes to fashion, we often hear buzzwords like 'sustainability' and 'eco-friendly'. But what exactly does that mean in the context of shoes? Well, sustainable shoes are shoes that are made with materials and processes that have minimal impact on the environment. But it's not just about being environmentally friendly, it's also about being socially responsible.

Eco-Friendly Animal Leathers: A Compassionate Option

If you prefer the look and feel of leather, fear not! There are eco-friendly animal leathers available that are made without harming animals. These leathers are typically made from the byproducts of the meat industry, or from animals that have died of natural causes.

Plant-Based Shoes: A Green Alternative

Plant-based shoes are made from materials like bamboo, cork, and even pineapple leaves. At ALOHAS, we use cactus, corn, and as of recently, apple. These shoes are not only eco-friendly, but also cruelty-free and vegan. Plus, they're lightweight and durable. Many brands have made a name for themselves in the sustainable shoe space with their plant-based offerings.

Vegan Shoes: No Animals Harmed

Vegan shoes are similar to plant-based shoes, but they take it a step further by not using any animal products or byproducts in the manufacturing process. The only downside to these is that they're not exactly brilliant for the planet, since most non plant-based shoes are made from plastics like PU. Of course, many of us use recycled plastic bottles and even recycled airbags to counter this.

On-Demand Shoes: The Future of Sustainable Footwear

Now, let's talk about on-demand shoes. These shoes are made-to-order, meaning they're produced only after they've been purchased. This eliminates any waste that would come from producing excess inventory. Since 2015, we've been pioneering the on-demand shoe movement, giving consumers the ability to choose their shoes how they want them, when they want them.

Say Goodbye to Overproduction

Overproduction is a huge problem in the fashion industry, with many items going unsold and ending up in landfills. On-demand shoes help to combat this issue by only producing what's needed. This means less waste and a more sustainable future for fashion.

Sustainable Shoes: The Way of the Future

As we become more aware of the impact fashion has on the environment, sustainable shoes are becoming increasingly popular. And with on-demand shoes leading the way, it's clear that sustainable footwear is the way of the future. So, next time you're in the market for a new pair of shoes, consider going sustainable. Your feet (and the planet) will thank you.

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