What would you consider first - the brand? the latest design? comfort? durability? value for money? quality of material used? …. and should we also include 'sustainability' into the mix?
Not forgetting that buying the right shoes is an investment in foot health.
There's been a growing focus on sustainability within footwear industry. Many brands work to reduce pollution and carbon footprint in the production; claim to use recycled or sustainable materials or packaging ….. what’s your take on shoe that is recyclable, repairable and easy to disassemble?
What does sustainable mean for shoes?
"It is estimated that of the 25m pairs of trainers imported to Australia every year, 90% are not recycled. That’s because recycling is not even a possibility. That dizzying combination of plastic, leather, rubber, foam, metal and adhesives means sneakers could also take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade, making it highly likely almost every trainer you’ve ever owned is still kicking around somewhere.” Tansy Hoskins, the author of Foot Work: What Your Shoes are Doing to the World. https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2023/jan/05/running-in-circles-the-race-to-create-a-recyclable-sneaker
The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) defines sustainability in the footwear industry as “shoe design, development, manufacturing, distribution, and selling processes that minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities, and consumers, and are economically sound” (Source). Since this summer, Spanish footwear brand Camper has been B Corp-certified and has launched a number of groundbreaking sustainability projects in recent months, from the introduction of recycled leather and plant-based leather alternatives to a take-back program, shoe recycling and a lifetime warranty on individual models.