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Shopping List: Ethical Black Sandals

ethical and vegan black sandals

I used to think every pair of shoes in my closet needed to be a different color, but in the past few years, I’ve developed a real love for black shoes with everything. I wouldn’t call my personal style anything close to edgy, so the bit of black at the base adds something modern to otherwise very simple outfits.

I’ve seen lots of black sandals around this season, but I want something that looks just as good with shorts as it does with a fancy dress. That means chunky Birkenstocks and thick foam flip flops are out. I’ve narrowed it down to the options above (admittedly, I’m not the best at narrowing down), making sure to add a good mix of high and lower end, vegan and sustainable leather. Some of these are a bit outside my price range, but they may be worth saving up for.

My favorite ethical black sandals are:

(clockwise from top left)

1. Deux Mains Bel Nanm Sandal, $64.99

Made fairly in Haiti out of upcycled tires, sustainable leather, and all organic ingredients.

2. Everlane Street Sandal, $120.00

Made ethically in Italy out of Italian leather.

3. Nicora Goodall Sandal, $119.00

100% vegan. Uppers made out of recycled X-Ray film, soles and heels made from recycled rubber blend, domestically produced.

4. Bourgeois Boheme Emma Sandal, $194.00

Vegan. PVC free eco vegan leather, handcrafted in Portugal.

5. Nisolo Serena Sandal, $98.00

Made ethically in Peru. Get $25 off your purchase with my referral link.

6. Everlane Slide Sandal, $98.00

Made ethically in Italy out of Italian leather.

I’m leaning toward the Nisolo Serena Sandal, because it combines a sophisticated silhouette with a price point I’m comfortable with (though I still need to pinch some pennies to get there). The Nicora Sandal is a close second – you really can’t beat their thoughtful sourcing and attention to detail. I feel like I’m getting real clarity on what I want and “need” within the context of my current lifestyle. It’s exciting to have a uniform of sorts. Now all I need is the weather to stay warm so I can actually wear my warm weather gear!

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Mary Martin

Sunday 26th of June 2016

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Leah Wise

Thursday 16th of June 2016

That's good to know, because I just ordered the Serenas. Excited to get them.


Wednesday 15th of June 2016

I have the Nisolo Serena Sandals in Pale Honey, and I feel compelled to endorse them. I wore them as the MOH at a wedding, as well as to brunch in jean shorts and a t-shirt. They're my everything shoe.


Friday 3rd of June 2016

I have two pairs of Nisolo shoes, and I think they are really great! My husband has a pair too, they are probably his nicest shoes (and he has a lot of nice shoes). If you do get them, make sure you look into their affiliate program!

Leah Wise

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

That's a really good point. I've been waffling back and forth between the Nisolo and Nicora shoes, but I think I'm leaning toward them because they both seem a little more classic. I can see myself wearing the Nisolo ones with more outfits. Now I just have to save up some money.

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