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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.