If you're on the look out for some new winter shoes, you want to invest in a pair that you will wear for a number of years.
Here at eco|mono we are not currently selling shoes, however, we are happy to point you in the right direction...
THESE BOOT WERE MADE FOR WALKING...
Made in: Italy
Ethical Values: Transparent Production, Fair
Price range: $120-$235 USD
Everlane is a pioneer in transparent manufacturing, dedicated to knowing their factories, costs and asking why?
Everlane spend months finding the best factories around the world, they spend time there and get to know the people who make our clothes and build real relationships with them. They constantly challenge the status quo, Explaining "Nothing is worse than complacency, and as a brand our culture is to dissect every single decision we make at every level of the company".
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Made in: Melbourne
Ethical Values: Hand Made, Locally Made, Minimal Waste
Price Range: $300-400
Kuwaii is committed to upholding excellence in manufacturing and to supporting local industry: all Kuwaii collections are made in Melbourne. From the start, designer Kristy Barber’s motivation has been to create beautiful, timeless clothing as alluring alternatives to the onslaught of mass-made, poor-quality garments flooding the market.
Kuwaii has built strong personal relationships with makers who work on each piece with genuine care and an outstanding level of skill. Each season, Kuwaii works with makers to track how products are costed to ensure workers are paid a fair wage.
Made In: Spain
Ethical Values: Fair, Vegan, Environmentally Friendly
Price Range: £65 - £185
Beyond Skin was born out of the frustration trying to find both stylish and cruelty-free. At the time there were simply no gorgeous vegan shoes to be found anywhere. Beyond Skin set out on a mission to bring style and quality to those who cared.They're keen to make their shoes as close to home as possible so set off on a quest to find some of the last footwear factories in existence in the UK. It was not an easy road and it took them almost 2 years to find a UK factory where their shoes were made for the first few years.
Now their collections are made in sunny Alicante in Spain, and the Beyond Skin team are based in lovely (but not quite so sunny) Brighton in the UK where they design their beautiful collections.
MATT & NAT
Made in: Unknown (Originally made in Canada, but cannot confirm)
Ethical Values: Vegan
Price Range: $80 - 120 USD
As a compliment to Matt & Nat's famous handbag collection, in 2016 they introduced their shoe range, made from 100% vegan materials.
Some of you may not know this but the idea for Matt and Nat came from exploring and merging MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE.
From the start, Matt and Nat have been committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs. Each season, they continue to explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. Over the years, Matt & Nat have been experimenting with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork. Since 2007, they have been committed to using linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Made in: Adelaide
Ethical Values: Locally Made, Fair, Minimal Waste, Hand Made
Price Range: $496 - $695
R.M.Williams purposefully designs beautiful and sustainable boots & shoes to help you enjoy life's adventures, these well made, quality boots are built to last and will be a staple wardrobe item for many years.
RM Williams are Accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and graded B+ Ethical Fashion Report 2017.
Made In: Sydney Australia
Ethical Values: Hand Made, Locally Made, Minimal Waste , Transparent.
Price Range: $262 - $350
Belmore Australia craft their gorgeous collection of boots and shoes at a 100-year-old factory in Sydney. Focusing on quality materials, function and longevity each Belmore shoe is hand crafted with care.
You can check out a behind the scenes factory tour here: