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Eco-Friendly Footwear from El Naturalista

Happy Earth Day! To get back on the theme of sustainable fashion, today I’m writing about an eco-friendly shoe brand I encountered while walking down Montana Avenue in LA. The company? El Naturalista — a manufacturer that “develops footwear to walk through life with respect and care,” according to its website. Setting aside the thought of the carbon emissions resulting from importing shoes from Spain, one can feel good about the comfort, beauty, and fabrication of El Naturalista’s products.  These sandals in particular caught my eye.

El Naturalista Cork Oak Sandal N403 from Amazon Germany

Ecologically friendly features include natural rubber outsoles, a recycled footbed, and the use of cork in the heel. Hand stitching also adds to their appeal. All together the look feels like a cross between gladiator sandals and clogs, like the ones used in the Chanel Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection.

Chanel Spring Ready-to-Wear 2010 Outfit via Style.com

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Super Comfy Cork Wedge Slides Made in California

Cork is a highly renewable resource, since it is harvested from the cork oak tree’s outer layer, which grows back completely every nine to ten years. That’s why these slides from Alexandra Cassaniti caught my eye. Then I learned that they’re made in California!  There you go, Val — a shoe that starts to answer the call for sustainability.

Alexandra Cassaniti Cork Wedge Slide

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