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.
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.