Fair Trade Shoes

Why buy Fair Trade shoes?

Why buy Fair Trade shoes?

When you decide to purchase fair trade products including shoes, you are supporting the manufacturers and the original producers of the materials that were used to make the shoes. Unlike other shoes, fair trade companies assist in the development of the local communities and their suppliers by paying a fair wage and investing in local projects and provides Fair Trade working conditions and environments for the workers.

Fair Trade Working Conditions

The products are about making decent working conditions, better prices, better terms of trade and local sustainability for workers and farmers in the third (developing) world that are manufacturing according to the fair trade act. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices for their goods, buying fair trade addresses some of the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally hurts the poorest, weakest shoe producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

If you have ever bought Fair Trade Boot or shoes I’d love to hear from you and tell me what you think of them!

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List of Fair Trade Suppliers

List of Fair Trade Suppliers

When you decide to purchase fair trade products including shoes, you are supporting the manufacturers and the original producers of the materials that were used to make the shoes. Unlike other shoes, fair trade companies assist in the development of the local communities and their suppliers by paying a fair wage and investing in local projects and provides Fair Trade working conditions and environments for the workers.

Fair Trade Working Conditions

The products are about making decent working conditions, better prices, better terms of trade and local sustainability for workers and farmers in the third (developing) world that are manufacturing according to the fair trade act. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices for their goods, buying fair trade addresses some of the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally hurts the poorest, weakest shoe producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

If you have ever bought Fair Trade Boot or shoes I’d love to hear from you and tell me what you think of them!

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Fair Trade Shoes by Etiko

Fair Trade Shoes by Etiko

New Fair Trade List coming in 2017!!!

 

I’ve been asked a few times now where to buy Fair Trade Shoes. I did some hunting and found this huge list of stores and suppliers of products. When you make that decision to buy all or most of your holiday gifts from fair trade sources, the first question is “Where do I turn?”

Fair Trade Kids Shoes

Fair Trade Shoes for Kids

Fair Trade Product List

You’ll be surprised how many options you have out there!  I found a fabulous list at the back of a Fair Trade Calendar, which I am offering to you via this blog. http://breadnm.blogspot.com/2010/12/most-complete-fair-trade-catalog-ive.html

So if you’re looking for gifts for over the Christmas season,  have a look at the list and find a supplier near you! I hope this list of Fair Trade Products helps you find what you need.

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Fair Trade Flip Flops

Stumbled across these fair trade shoes the other day by Etiko. Considering purchasing a pair. Has anyone used them before? The video looks really interesting.

Etiko Fair Trade Shoes

Here’s the transcript of the video:

My name is Reyes Guerrero and I am the president of the co-operative Pupore. We make work shoes and alpargatas.

They have always been popular because they are very light, very resistant, and you can walk miles and miles.

In the north of Argentinia, La Pampa, in all the country areas, people normally use canvas to make pants as it is very durable for riding horses. We use the off-cuts left from making the pants to make alpargatas.

Our co-operative is called Pupore, which comes from the Guarani language. Pupore means “leaving footprints”, which for us means that each person leaves their own footprint when they teach another person.

Our co-operative is not just about being a business. We also play a social role. We help everyone in our suburb, in our community, we are helping the community to organise itself, including showing people how to make alpargatas, we fund a school, we are going to help the community with its needs like sewage and housing.

We are six workers here, with another three that come and go, but with the work we do with Etiko we will be able to help a lot of people. If we can get more orders we could employ between 20 and 25 people. We can also employ our families, that each have two or three children, and this all helps to create a chain.

I understand that you have the same ideas as us about helping in this world, to change this world that has become so globalised, under as system where our people live in such bad conditions, which is something that means a lot to all of us, and to Pupore. “Help Fair Trade”!

Here’s a link to the Etiko site: http://www.etiko.com.au
Please let me know if you’ve purchased any of these Etiko Fair Trade Shoes by commenting below.

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When Should I Replace My Fair Trade Running Shoes

Thongs are worn by people all around the world. I love wearing flip-flops (aka thongs) and Feelgoodz have produced some thongs that are 100% biodegradable and Fair Trade. Unlike some other producers around the world who make other Fair Trade shoes, because the materials used are very basic, the thongs are 100% recyclable.

Fair Trade Thongs or Flip Flops

Fair Trade Thongs or Flip Flops

Feelgoodz are an eco-friendly, fair trade flip-flop — they’re the only company in the U.S. currently offering up 100% natural rubber flip-flops, which are 100% biodegradable and recyclable.

Kyle Berner, is the owner and founder, he got the idea for Feelgoodz while traveling in Thailand and picking up a pair of what was marketed as “Thailand’s most comfortable, all-natural rubber flip-flop.” Thailand is the world’s leading exporter of natural rubber, so it was only natural that Kyle would seek to combine his love of Thailand with his life-long love of flip-flops. Source: http://www.missmalaprop.com/2009/03/eco-friendly-fair-trade-flip-flops

Other Fair Trade Shoe Companies

Okabashi Wm USA-made Eco Flip Flops Price: $11.97 - $27.00Visit: Fair Trade Shoe Store

Okabashi Wm USA-made Eco Flip Flops
Price: $11.97 – $27.00
Visit: Fair Trade Shoe Store

Do you know of any other fair trade flip-flop/thongs, or, perhaps another variety of fair trade shoes that are also 100% biodegradable?

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Fair Trade Shoes

Fair Trade Shoes

Jambu Women’s Running Sneaker
Price: $29.99 – $76.25
Visit: FairTrade Shoe Store

Probably that is the most frequent question of running athletes or marathoners. Running in old or torn shoes is one of the main causes of injuries. Generally, fair trade running shoes with torn and worn padding are less shock proof, and less durability. Using worn out running shoes continuously increases the stress and shock on your feet and legs that can be a cause of joint injuries. The easiest measure you can do to prevent future injuries is to purchase a new pair of running shoes as soon as your old pair are worn out.

What To Look For

But how can you determine if your old pair needs replacing? Never use the treads of your fair trade running shoes to determine if you must replace your running shoes. The part of the shoe called the midsole that provides padding and durability, normally tears down before the bottom shows major signs of tear. If you’ve been feeling muscle sprains or any kind of pain in your muscles and joints, particularly in your knees, you may be wearing fair trade running shoes that are no longer durable. Also, if a part of your running shoes are damaged, then they needs replacing.

Lifespan of your Fair Trade Running Shoes

The rule of thumb is to keep your fair trade running shoes for at least 500 miles of running intensity, based on your running routine, body mass and the surface ground where you run. People who have less body mass can get new running shoes, after exhausting the maximum running miles while heavier people should at least reach the minimum of 300 miles. If you run on gravel or pebbled roads, you need to replace your fair trade running shoes more often than if you run on smoother surface grounds.

To be accurate, mark your calendar on the date you started your new fair trade running shoes so you will remember when to get a new one. If you are using a training routine with a running log, you should also record the date when you started using your fair trade running shoes to help you to keep track how many miles you’ve used them. Recording the start date on the interior padding of the shoes such as the tongue is also a great way to help your remember when you first started your new fair trade running shoes.

On the average lifespan of your fair trade running shoes, you can also buy another pair to alternate your runs. Your running shoes will last longer when you allow them to “breathe” and relax between your running routines. As well, getting a new pair of running shoes as an alternate will help you to get the idea when your old fair trade running shoes are ready to be discarded.

When To Renew Fair Trade Running Shoes

Even though you need a new pair of fair trade running shoes for every 500 miles worth of running, there are also ways to get to the optimum end of this running range. You can read on precautionary measures available on guides accompanying your purchase. Some stores are well-trained to help you with the idea of making your shoes last longer. Some running habits make the shoes more vulnerable to wear and tear. Generally, if you would always use your running shoes, do not expect higher durability and longer life expectancy.

Give Your Fair Trade Running Shoes To Charity

If your old shoes are already worn out, but they are still okay, do not throw them away. You can give them your Fair Trade running Shoes to donation boxes that will be used for charitable institutions.

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Fair Trade Shoes by “Everyday”

Fair Trade Shoes by “Everyday”

Thongs are worn by people all around the world. I love wearing flip-flops (aka thongs) and Feelgoodz have produced some thongs that are 100% biodegradable and Fair Trade. Unlike some other producers around the world who make other Fair Trade shoes, because the materials used are very basic, the thongs are 100% recyclable.

Fair Trade Thongs or Flip Flops

Fair Trade Thongs or Flip Flops

Feelgoodz are an eco-friendly, fair trade flip-flop — they’re the only company in the U.S. currently offering up 100% natural rubber flip-flops, which are 100% biodegradable and recyclable.

Kyle Berner, is the owner and founder, he got the idea for Feelgoodz while traveling in Thailand and picking up a pair of what was marketed as “Thailand’s most comfortable, all-natural rubber flip-flop.” Thailand is the world’s leading exporter of natural rubber, so it was only natural that Kyle would seek to combine his love of Thailand with his life-long love of flip-flops. Source: http://www.missmalaprop.com/2009/03/eco-friendly-fair-trade-flip-flops

Other Fair Trade Shoe Companies

Okabashi Wm USA-made Eco Flip Flops Price: $11.97 - $27.00Visit: Fair Trade Shoe Store

Okabashi Wm USA-made Eco Flip Flops
Price: $11.97 – $27.00
Visit: Fair Trade Shoe Store

Do you know of any other fair trade flip-flop/thongs, or, perhaps another variety of fair trade shoes that are also 100% biodegradable?

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How To Select Fair Trade Running Shoes For Trail

Recently some photos were released from “Everyday’s” new range of Fair Trade Shoes. I think they look great! Check out the rest of the Everyday range. They make an effort to use non-destructive materials in their products and they aim to make a positive environmental impact and are Fair Trade.

Video of Fair Trade Shoes

Plaid Lining Fair Trade Leather ShoesVegan Fair Trade Shoes by Everyday are available in a wide array of colors and finishes that you can create your own style perfect for your shoppers.

Shoe styles are unisex and fit in European sizes (from 35 – 46).  Several styles available include – cotton canvas, recycled goni, recycled rice bags, and perforated nylon – vegan leather. All shoe styles come with extra padded, comfortable non-slip soles, built in arch support, and a Fair Trade guarantee.  Retail prices range from $40 – $80, so are priced to move! http://www.weareveryday.com/servlet/the-69/Sharks-in-Black-Perforated/Detail

Fair Trade Products List

noharm

Black Brogue Vegan Boots NOHR1966 by NOHARM

Black Brogue Vegan Boots NOHR1966 by NOHARM

Genuine Fair Trade Vegan Shoes. NOHARM is proud to introduce an exciting range of high fashion, cruelty-free, vegan shoes and boots for the discerning and ethically responsible male consumer. All ingredients and components used to manufacture NOHARM footwear are meticulously researched to ensure the finished product conforms to Vegan Society standards.

Hetty Rose

The concept behind the Hetty Rose brand is based on a theory of re-using and re-working vintage materials in a creative and sustainable way, hand making shoes to fit perfectly.

Wabi Sabi Eco Fashion Concept

For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Wabi-Sabi

For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Wabi-Sabi

We combine a passion for Quality, Design and Sustainability to bring you great products that are: well made, fit well, styled well and a shoe that will last.

Oliveira Shoes

Yala by Oliveira Shoes

Yala by Oliveira Shoes

Like many women, I grew up with a passion for Fair Trade shoes, and a dream that one day I might be able to turn my design ideas into reality and create my own collection.  Made in Sri Lanka, these shoes are produced with stunning leathers and satins, combined with glitzy jewels and my signature A rivet.

Will’s vegan shoes

I started Wills with a passion to provide animal and human friendly shoes with high-street styles and prices.  Wills is about getting the latest fashions out there at fair prices, while not hurting animals or people in the process. No matter who you are or where you’re going in life, Wills are there for when you want to make a positive choice.

Kitty Cooper

A stunning collection of handmade fair trade footwear crafted from vintage fabrics. Kitty Cooper’s mission is to provide a glamorous alternative to traditional ‘Eco-styled’ footwear.

Mim Meher Kakalia

Ballerinas by Meher Kakalia

Ballerinas by Meher Kakalia

Beautiful hand made shoes, made using traditional artisan methods. Created using natural products from sustainably managed sources and recycled materials.

Bourgeois Boheme

Husband and wife team Alicia & Van wanted to provide a pleasurable experience with the perfect combination of sustainable, ethical and compassionate fashion with great customer service, something they could not find themselves for years.

Terra Plana

An extensive collection of highly fashionable Eco-friendly shoes, made using recycled materials and minimum glue, includes a Fair Trade vegan range. Winners of the Observer Ethical Fashion Award 2007 and the Drapers Ethical Footwear Retailer of the Year in 2008.

Jinga shoes

Our aim is to capture the vibrancy and dynamism of Brazilian culture and channel it into everything we do.  From product design to business processes we make sure these are socially and environmentally positive.

Eco Vegan Shoes

My dream is to bridge the gap between everyday people and ethically produced vegan shoes. Eco Fair Trade Vegan Shoes is about getting the latest fashions out there at fair prices, while not hurting animals or people in the process. No matter who you are or where you’re going in life, we are there for when you want to make a positive choice.

Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin is an ethical footwear label based in Brighton creating beautiful handmade ladies designer vegan shoes and vegan boots using the most environmentally friendly methods we can. Worldwide shipping.

Green Shoes

Beautifully handmade shoes crafted using leather, eco tan leather using toxin-free colours and animal friendly Lorica. They also make belts, bags and bracelets. All materials are sourced in the UK.

Laidback London

Handmade beaded leather flip flops and leather sandals. Handcrafted using traditional techniques, laidback London leather sandals, leather flip flops and leather accessories are all made in Africa and have a positive social impact on the local communities that make the products.

Freerangers

100% Vegan collection including; shoes, bags, belt and accessories all of which are hand made in the UK.

Fortress of Inca

Fortress of Inca was inspired by a pair of boots originally bought in Peru in 2005. These boots encompassed textiles and materials that were native to the region and represented the talent and creativity of the Peruvian people. When Fortress of Inca was launched, it  was important to us to keep production of these beautiful fair trade boots and shoes in Peru.

Fair Corp

The world’s first Fairtrade running shoes and Flip-Flops made using Fair trade and Organic cotton as well as Fairly traded and FSC Certified rubber.

Neon Collective

Neon Collective is a vegan boutique with an extensive selection of ethical bags and non-leather shoes featuring trainers, boots and sandals. All shoes are produced in factories where the workers are well treated.

Fairejour

we care about where things are made, and more importantly, who makes them. all fairejour products are designed and created with thoughtfulness and love for the environment, people, and you. we will never carry items that were made in a faulty factory, or created by the hands of a cruel-hearted individual (even if they are an evil genius).

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Got Smelly Fair Trade Running Shoes?

Trail running is a variant on running that diverge distinctly from road running. It basically takes place on hiking trails, usually on single track trails, even though fire roads are not unusual. A distinct feature of the trails is that they are regularly inaccessible by major roads but of the trail heads. The trails have the tendency to cross different terrains such as swamps, hills, forests and narrow pathways, thus a different type of fair trade running shoes are needed.

Trail running has become a very popular sport in the passing years, with about 600,500 pairs of trail running shoes sold in the year 2011 alone. Trail running is a sport popular not only in the United States but also in Australia, UK and Canada.

Designed Fair Trade Running Shoes

Most trail runners wear specially designed running shoes that have rigid, knobby soles that are usually stronger than regular running shoes. Running shoes are low to the surface to allow the optimum stability on hard terrain. The material compound in the midsole is to safeguard your feet from blisters and wounds from sharp objects, the shoes are less padded than a regular running shoes. Since trail running is performed on softer surfaces such as grass or narrow trails, than road races, padding is not as essential.

Find a Strong Fair Trade Shoe

J-41 Women's Tahoe-Rip Stop Sneaker

J-41 Women’s Tahoe-Rip Stop Sneaker (Running shoe)
Price: $44.99 – $59.99
Visit: FairTrade Shoes Store

Trail athletic shoes must be more strong and durable than normal fair trade running shoes to safeguard your feet from the more rocky terrain. Trail running shoes should keep your foot free from moist and be definitely dry, and also include a sole designed to gain toehold on damp, hard or rocky road terrain.

The first thing you need to do is to find a trail shoe that has a stronger and more durable, bent sole which will help you to gain more footing on rocks and mud. The sole should also efficiently be shock proof, from running on hard and rocky surfaces, such as pebbles, mud and rocks.

You can also find fair trade athletic shoes that have strong upper soles that are water proof and easy to clean. The uppers must be made from a component, usually nylon or polyester, that can wick moisture away from the feet, maintaining it dry and cool. More expensive running shoes may have specialized uppers that are made from a material that is highly waterproof common to hiking and climbing shoes.

Choose a light trail shoe that will help decrease exhaustion over longer trail runs. Most running shoes weigh not more than 2 lbs. that is less than half the weight of regular hiking shoes.

Pick a pair of running shoes from a quality brand to have extra durability and stability. You can visit a shoe store that specially sells trail fair trade running shoes. The sales clerk at these shoe stores or fair trade online store has enough knowledge with the different products and the latest features of the trail running shoes they offer.

What type of socks?

Make sure that your running shoes fit tightly so that will aid you to prevent slips and feet sores. Also, you may need to purchase a shoe that will extend enough to hold thick socks during bad weather. Purchase the right kind of socks when you buy a new pair of running shoes. Socks should also be lightweight yet durable, and they should allow your feet to breathe. You must choose socks that are compatible with your running shoes to keep your feet free from moisture, cool and blisters. Why not try to buy Fair trade socks and Fair Trade clothing to go with your running shoes?

I’d love to hear about your experience with Fair Trade products including trail Fair trade Shoes!

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Save Money On Fair Trade Running Shoes

Recently some photos were released from “Everyday’s” new range of Fair Trade Shoes. I think they look great! Check out the rest of the Everyday range. They make an effort to use non-destructive materials in their products and they aim to make a positive environmental impact and are Fair Trade.

Video of Fair Trade Shoes

Plaid Lining Fair Trade Leather ShoesVegan Fair Trade Shoes by Everyday are available in a wide array of colors and finishes that you can create your own style perfect for your shoppers.

Shoe styles are unisex and fit in European sizes (from 35 – 46).  Several styles available include – cotton canvas, recycled goni, recycled rice bags, and perforated nylon – vegan leather. All shoe styles come with extra padded, comfortable non-slip soles, built in arch support, and a Fair Trade guarantee.  Retail prices range from $40 – $80, so are priced to move! http://www.weareveryday.com/servlet/the-69/Sharks-in-Black-Perforated/Detail

Fair Trade Products List

noharm

Black Brogue Vegan Boots NOHR1966 by NOHARM

Black Brogue Vegan Boots NOHR1966 by NOHARM

Genuine Fair Trade Vegan Shoes. NOHARM is proud to introduce an exciting range of high fashion, cruelty-free, vegan shoes and boots for the discerning and ethically responsible male consumer. All ingredients and components used to manufacture NOHARM footwear are meticulously researched to ensure the finished product conforms to Vegan Society standards.

Hetty Rose

The concept behind the Hetty Rose brand is based on a theory of re-using and re-working vintage materials in a creative and sustainable way, hand making shoes to fit perfectly.

Wabi Sabi Eco Fashion Concept

For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Wabi-Sabi

For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Wabi-Sabi

We combine a passion for Quality, Design and Sustainability to bring you great products that are: well made, fit well, styled well and a shoe that will last.

Oliveira Shoes

Yala by Oliveira Shoes

Yala by Oliveira Shoes

Like many women, I grew up with a passion for Fair Trade shoes, and a dream that one day I might be able to turn my design ideas into reality and create my own collection.  Made in Sri Lanka, these shoes are produced with stunning leathers and satins, combined with glitzy jewels and my signature A rivet.

Will’s vegan shoes

I started Wills with a passion to provide animal and human friendly shoes with high-street styles and prices.  Wills is about getting the latest fashions out there at fair prices, while not hurting animals or people in the process. No matter who you are or where you’re going in life, Wills are there for when you want to make a positive choice.

Kitty Cooper

A stunning collection of handmade fair trade footwear crafted from vintage fabrics. Kitty Cooper’s mission is to provide a glamorous alternative to traditional ‘Eco-styled’ footwear.

Mim Meher Kakalia

Ballerinas by Meher Kakalia

Ballerinas by Meher Kakalia

Beautiful hand made shoes, made using traditional artisan methods. Created using natural products from sustainably managed sources and recycled materials.

Bourgeois Boheme

Husband and wife team Alicia & Van wanted to provide a pleasurable experience with the perfect combination of sustainable, ethical and compassionate fashion with great customer service, something they could not find themselves for years.

Terra Plana

An extensive collection of highly fashionable Eco-friendly shoes, made using recycled materials and minimum glue, includes a Fair Trade vegan range. Winners of the Observer Ethical Fashion Award 2007 and the Drapers Ethical Footwear Retailer of the Year in 2008.

Jinga shoes

Our aim is to capture the vibrancy and dynamism of Brazilian culture and channel it into everything we do.  From product design to business processes we make sure these are socially and environmentally positive.

Eco Vegan Shoes

My dream is to bridge the gap between everyday people and ethically produced vegan shoes. Eco Fair Trade Vegan Shoes is about getting the latest fashions out there at fair prices, while not hurting animals or people in the process. No matter who you are or where you’re going in life, we are there for when you want to make a positive choice.

Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin is an ethical footwear label based in Brighton creating beautiful handmade ladies designer vegan shoes and vegan boots using the most environmentally friendly methods we can. Worldwide shipping.

Green Shoes

Beautifully handmade shoes crafted using leather, eco tan leather using toxin-free colours and animal friendly Lorica. They also make belts, bags and bracelets. All materials are sourced in the UK.

Laidback London

Handmade beaded leather flip flops and leather sandals. Handcrafted using traditional techniques, laidback London leather sandals, leather flip flops and leather accessories are all made in Africa and have a positive social impact on the local communities that make the products.

Freerangers

100% Vegan collection including; shoes, bags, belt and accessories all of which are hand made in the UK.

Fortress of Inca

Fortress of Inca was inspired by a pair of boots originally bought in Peru in 2005. These boots encompassed textiles and materials that were native to the region and represented the talent and creativity of the Peruvian people. When Fortress of Inca was launched, it  was important to us to keep production of these beautiful fair trade boots and shoes in Peru.

Fair Corp

The world’s first Fairtrade running shoes and Flip-Flops made using Fair trade and Organic cotton as well as Fairly traded and FSC Certified rubber.

Neon Collective

Neon Collective is a vegan boutique with an extensive selection of ethical bags and non-leather shoes featuring trainers, boots and sandals. All shoes are produced in factories where the workers are well treated.

Fairejour

we care about where things are made, and more importantly, who makes them. all fairejour products are designed and created with thoughtfulness and love for the environment, people, and you. we will never carry items that were made in a faulty factory, or created by the hands of a cruel-hearted individual (even if they are an evil genius).

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