7 Best Sustainable Sandals to Get Summer Ready

If you’re looking for a new pair of sustainable sandals, but don’t want a pair that start falling apart after a few wears and end up destined for landfill, you’re in the right place.

We’ve handpicked a selection of brands creating ethical, eco-friendly sandals that are kind to the earth, and look great on your feet. 

All of the brands we’re featuring treat their workers fairly, and use ethically sourced materials. We’ll also update this article with new brands, and review our existing choices regularly.

Looking for ally vegan pair of sandals? Click here to check out our best vegan sandal recommendations.

As usual, if you know any other amazing sustainable sandal brands, make sure to let us know in the comments at the end of this post.

Our Favorite Sustainable Sandal Picks

1. Nisolo

Nisolo ethical sandals

Sustainability: 100% living wages, 100% offset carbon emissions, climate neutral certified, Leather Working Group Certified

Pricing: $$

At a glance: Stylish range of artisanally crafted summer sandals

Nisolo is a Nashville-based brand creating sustainable sandals (and other footwear and accessories), perfect for summer.

You can pick from a variety of classic and modern styles, but they all have one thing in common: glowing reviews.

Nisolo is a B Corp, with the highest standards for social and environmental responsibility, with 100% living wages in the brand’s supply chain, and 0% net carbon emissions. All of their products get raving reviews, and the brand has been praised in publications like Vogue and CNN.

2. Vivaia

Vivaia sustainable sandals

Sustainability: Recycled materials, vegan, eco-friendly packaging

Pricing: $$

At a glance: Vegan sandals in retro and classic styles

Vivaia’s sandals are each made from six recycled plastic bottles, which are converted into a durable, high-quality material that looks great.

The sandals pictured (the Doris sandal) have a 100% vegan leather insole, and a carbon-free rubber outsole.

The packaging your sandals will arrive in is made with 100% recycled cardboard. 

Vivaia creates a range of sustainable sandals in classic styles.

3. The Root Collective

The Root Collective ethical sandals

Sustainability: Ethically handcrafted in Guatemala with sustainably sourced materials

Pricing: $$$

At a glance: Ethically made, stylish, comfortable sandals for women and men

The Root Collective’s unique business model means they partner with independent workshops in Guatemala that are owned and run by local small business owners to produce their sandals.

The Root Collective provides beyond fair trade wages and ensures opportunities are provided to the small businesses and artisans.

The sandals are made with real leather and woven fabrics, all sourced ethically.

You’ll find a range of styles that are all perfect for casual or smart summer occasions.

4. ABLE

ABLE sustainable sandals

Sustainability: Wage transparency, only use leather that would have otherwise been discarded, recycled packaging

Pricing: $$

At a glance: High-quality and stylish sustainable sandals for casual or smart occassions

ABLE is a sustainable fashion brand, founded to employ and empower women. The brand is devoted to their employees and supply chain, helping provide training and education to women they work with to help them break the cycle of poverty.

The brand publishes their wages in annual updates and are transparent about even their lowest wages — they then use this information to increase pay for workers at factories where wages may be lower than Nisolo’s standards. The leather that Nisolo uses is taken from discards from other industries, and certified by the Leather Working Group.

Their ethical sandals are comfortable, cute, and look great. The natural leather changes color over time and you can make these sandals uniquely yours.

5. Matisse

Matisse ethical sandals

Sustainability: Recycled materials, socially responsible supply chain

Pricing: $

At a glance: Affordable ethical sandals, perfect for a day at the beach

Matisse only works with family-owned factories that are regularly audited for social responsibility.

The brand does use leather, but sources it from recycled sources where possible. They also use water-saving processes when they’re working with leather, and only partner with carefully nominated tanneries who share Matisse’s ethos around sustainability.

Matisse’s sandals won’t break the bank, and there’s a range of styles to help you get summer ready.

6. Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin sustainable sandals

Sustainability: PETA Approved Vegan, ethical vegan leather, handmade in Spain

Pricing: $$$

At a glance: Vegan brand making high-quality sustainable footwear since 2001

Beyond Skin make a range of fully vegan sandals from soft faux leather.

The brand is PETA-approved vegan, and all materials are made in the most eco-friendly methods possible with minimal use of toxic chemicals.

Beyond Skin is based in England, but their shoes are ethically handcrafted in Spain. They’ve been making shoes since 2001, so they know a thing or two about creating sustainable footwear, and you won’t be disappointed.

7. Nomadic State of Mind

Nomadic state of mind sustainable sandals

Sustainability: Recycled materials, ethical and transparent supply chain, no scraps policy, minimal waste packaging

Pricing: $$

At a glance: Durable, soft, and sustainable rope sandals made with traditional techniques

Nomadic State of Mind make soft, lightweight rope sandals with natural materials. The brand works with artisans in Nicaragua who handmake each pair of sandals.

The Vibram soles are glued on using low-VOC glue and applied with traditional machinery. The rope is partly reclaimed polypropylene cord, which is extremely durable and will hold up for years.

Nomadic State of Mind’s ethical ethos extends all the way to their packaging. There’s no shoebox, and instead, the sandals are tired together with a single string in a the USPS mailbag.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.