04.04.18

Ethical + Sustainable White Sneakers So You Can Ditch The Nikes

Kate Hall

There are some things in life we can’t live without. Food, water, Netflix, coffee, and now it seems… white Nikes.

White Nikes have been flying out of Nike stores and onto feet at a rate I can’t keep track of. It appears every second person is wearing a pair- did I miss the global memo?

Whilst I can totally appreciate a nice pair of white Nikes, I don’t appreciate how they are made. There are so many more alternatives out there that do better for you, the makers, and the planet.

A staple pair of white sneakers is an important part of many wardrobes sere are some ethical white sneaker alternatives, that will make you wonder why you walked into Nike in the first place.

ethical white sneakers

ethical white sneakers

Filippa K – KATE LOW SNEAKER

Filippa K has been around since the early 90’s and has become known for their luxe, functional and feminine style. Their garments go through thorough sustainable life-cycle assessments, where every phase of the garments’ life cycle, from raw material to afterlife is created and adjusted with minimal environmental impact in mind. The Kate Low is a classic sneaker style has a clean and contemporary design with a thick white sole and waxed cotton laces. I’m seeing these as perfect for pairing with a cotton print dress or your favourite roll hem jeans.

ethical white sneakers

Veja: Esplar Leather White

These babies are quite literally the queens of ethically made white sneakers. The sneakers were named after a Brazilian NGO who work with Veja by providing technical support to the organic cotton farming families. The Esplar staple leather shoe is made with organic cotton lining and wild rubber soles. All Veja shoes are made in Brazil, where the working conditions exceed the minimum standards, and the workers are paid well above the minimum wage. Veja are big on transparency, and release audits, reports, and insightful behind-the-scenes videos into how all their products are made.

ethical white sneakers

Adidas By Stella McCartney – Ultraboost

The Parley x Adidas collaboration has been about redesigning their existing high performance range of footwear and creating a collection . The UltraBoost range designed by Stella McCartney is all about turning the plastic pollution problem into a stylish solution. If you’re looking for a performance shoe that can translate into a fashion staple then look no further.

ethical white sneakers

Matt and Nat: Bonadventure White

Matt and Nat don’t just produce a stunning alternative to your usual Nike. They hold ‘live beautifully’ at the centre of their work, instilling values in their company that ensure you can back them wholeheartedly. Matt and Nat shoes are all100% vegan and ethically made. The team visit each factory regularly, to ensure standards are met in terms of ethics, and to build strong relationships with the owners.

ethical white sneakers

Eileen Fisher – Clifton 4 

Eileen Fisher has long been a leader in the ethical and sustainable fashion world. From traceable supply chains and local manufacturing to using natural dyes and a repair and recycling program, they is what every fashion brand should aspire to. The Clifton 4 is a sustainable knit sneaker with a sporty, speckled sole made from recycled polyester re-purposed from plastic bottles with a recycled rubber outersole.

ethical white sneakers

Ahimsa: Women’s Sneaker 771 Ivory

Swaying slightly from your standard white Nike with the addition of a brown sole, the Ahimsa woman’s sneaker is still an ideal option. The exterior is made with cruelty free, vegan leather. The interior is a mix of cotton canvas and natural cork which team up to ensure your feet stay dry and fresh. These sneakers are handmade in Brazil by a small, hard working team. Ahimsa’s mission is to question habits, inspire conscious behaviour, and respect all forms of life.

White sneakers are a great staple for your wardrobe, but Nikes aren’t your only option. When feeling the urge to pop into the Nike store, consider opting for a more sustainable and ethical option, and wearing kicks unique to you.

Kate Hall

Ethical living/fashion advocate, eco wedding planner, and brand rep. Kate strives to promote ethical living in every way under the sun, and won’t stop at anything to make sure the planet and it’s people are being looked after the way that they should be.