{eco brand of the week} sydney brown: ethical footwear made in l.a.

Monday, November 25, 2013

recently i ventured out on a shoe-shopping excursion with a dear friend. she's a stylish gal and she's also plant-powered, so she understood my longing for a fresh pair of fashion-forward, sustainable* kicks for the winter months: a pair that wouldn't make me feel like my pooch looked when i tried to put on those funny, little rubber boots that i thought would protect his soft pads from salt + snow; he looked so sad and chagrined: and then he tried to chew them off.

i wanted a pair of boots so cute, i wouldn't think once about gnawing them off of my feet.

i've said it before, and i'll say it again: there's a lot that goes into picking out the perfect shoe or boot. women {and men!} want comfort and a design-led pair of killer shoes. as for price, i'm willing to pay more for a high-quality, well-crafted product. i have a great cobbler, so i know these shoes will receive proper medical attention when necessary and will be with me for many, many years to come. 

while out and about in chicago we searched high and low, and eventually came home empty handed. our outing involved questions + concerns galore: heels too high, too little interest, too much tapestry, do people actually wear these? i admit, swimming through the waters of my mind were these shoes available online from ethical footwear label sydney brown.

sydney brown designs and manufactures luxury shoes with no animal products, and a dedication to holistic, ecologically sustainable production. each shoe is hand-constructed in her los angeles atelier, with every element exhaustively tested, sourced, and vetted. my favorite pair is this sleek ankle boot, made of faux nappa with a coconut insole, a just-the-right-height heel {3.5 inches} made of alder wood, a rubber-lined sole + eco-brass hardware. 

without further ado, ladies + gents, meet the perfect, everyday ankle boot from sydney brown. dress it up, dress it down. wear it to work, wear it to play. right this way.

*leather tanneries are a significant source of toxic pollutants to the air and water. water pollution threatens food production and is raising both environmental and human health concerns. to learn more about the effects of the leather + textile industry on the environment and it's subsequent depletion and degradation of resources read this article from the human rights watch 
or this article from the new york times

{image via sydney brown}

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