More and more people are looking for ethical footwear and also ones made out of recycled material. The pair I own that meet that criteria are the Vivo Barefoot Dharma. I got mine from Male Organics although made by Terra Plana they’re widely available.
The thing about them isn’t just they’re made from as much recycled materials as possible or its eco-design, but these shoes are meant to mimic walking barefoot. Hmmm doesn’t sound good for you? Well according to Terra Plana it is. In fact it’ll improve your posture and strengthen your feet which have been protected by traditional shoes.
Saying that, they do take some getting used to. The soles seem very thin and you feel every stone. But they are puncture resistant and don’t seem to get worn down very quickly at all. After a few test walks where I was unsure, but I gradually got used to wearing them and like them a lot. Supposedly they’re ideal for playing sport in, but maybe not the Dharma, there are other shoes in the range which are probably more suitable.
I was a little worried about them starting to smell as I don’t wear socks but they are treated with an anti-bacterial lining and seem fine so far. They’re pretty unusual too so I get lots of nice comments and my next footwear purchase will definitely be an eco one.