6 Ethical Shoe Companies for Your Fall Boots and Footwear

It is officially fall, and officially #slowfashionoctober. The temperatures in the Midwest are still a bit humid and warm so I am allowing my feet freedom with my Salt Water Sandals. After my wedding this month I fully intend to analyze my wardrobe and start putting together fall outfits from what I already have, in true French style. I have a thrifted Wilson’s Leather blazer I’ve never worn but is oh-so-chic. I need to set the sleeve in smaller to make it look just like this Phillip Lim jacket I tried on and looked amazing in during Fashion’s Night Out.

And, of course, I’ll need the cute fall shoes to complete my fall outfit. If you don’t know by now, it matters where your items are made. If you spend more on a classic pair of quality shoes, you’ll have an investment that could last a few lifetimes, like those nice brogues you find at an estate sale that are old but well cared for. I’m seeing more and more throw-away fashion shoes that don’t even last a whole season. Investing in a good pair of quality ethical shoes is a very good reason to splurge on your next pair! If you’d like to learn more about fashion manufacturing and the effects of our fast-fashion choices, watch The True Cost documentary, available now on Netflix.


No, it’s not a brand, but a great way to look cute for less while not consuming new materials .

The Root Collective

“We partner with small-scale artisan businesses in marginalized communities to promote change through dignified jobs.”

The Root Collective


“Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. To date, we’ve enabled 60 to continue on to University…”

My friend Crystal chose Sseko sandals for her wedding and because they’re so comfortable and durable, they are still her everyday footwear of choice. The ribbons come in many different colors starting at $9.99, $19.99 for leather.

fair trade, sustainable

Tibeb Booties + Bucket Bag | Sseko Designs


In September 2013 Oliberte became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory. Shop women’s and men’s shoes




Based out of their workshop in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco, every pair of Bryr clogs are hand-made by Isobel Schofield and her small team. Dedicated to the simple idea that the best products are made with the best materials, Bryr clogs are constructed using the strongest and most supple American leathers, and traditional European solid wood bases.



Accompany stocks several shoe companies like Elina Lebessi, Proud Mary, Ulla Johnson. “Handmade pieces and ethically sourced items, that bring human impact and fashion impact together to create feel-good goods through a look-good lens.”


Salt Water Sandals

For those of you in warmer climates, you’ll wear sandals all winter.

Manufactured in St. Louis, Missouri. Originated in the 1940s during WWII using leftover leather strips used in making men’s shoes. I love my gold Salt Water Sandals, and they go with probably 90% of my outfits.


Swedish Hasbeens

The Hasbeens toffels (shoes), bags and belts are based on original 70’s models and are made of ecologically prepared natural grain leather since it’s the most beautiful and the highest quality at the same time as it’s environmentally friendly. They are still handmade with respect for people and the environment in the old traditional way, and in small factories that have made shoes for decades. Our production methods and material are kind to nature and people.


Wow that's 2 Michelle Williams photos in this post. Girl likes her ethical fashion.
Wow that’s 2 Michelle Williams photos in this post. Girl likes her ethical fashion.


Made in America since 1863 with Italian leathers.

Frye boots

And don’t forget about your local cobbler. London College of Fashion still has a shoe program not for nothing.


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