Sustainable Sandals & Flips Flops For Men That Are Perfect for Summer

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Summertime brings out all the shorts, t-shirts,  and tank tops – but there might be nothing better than being able to set your feet free by slipping on some comfortable sandals.

Unless of course those sandals you’re slipping into are made sustainably and ethically by companies who care about the environment.

It seems fitting that footwear made for enjoying the beautiful outdoors should be made in a way that benefits the land. But not all sandals are created equal.

Read on to discover 15 brands that have made sustainable sandals that are perfect for summer 2021.

Sandals and Flip Flops You Can Feel Extra Good About Wearing

1. Birkenstock

Price:

$190 – $110

Sustainable Materials:

Leather, Cork Latex, Birko-Flor

Birkenstocks are about as well-known as sandals come –  and they are committed to environmentally friendly operations. The brand is constantly working to improve production processes, products, packaging, and logistics.

Thanks to their durability, Birkenstock products are sustainable by nature, and a high proportion of the natural materials that they use are from sustainable sources.. This includes the infamous Birkenstock cork, but also their natural latex, jute, leather, wool felt, copper, and brass.

2. Brave Soles

Price:

$70 – $85

Sustainable Materials:

Sustainable Leather

Brave Soles wants to help create a better future at a fair price, as finding a beautiful fashion that’s kind to both people and the planet can be difficult and expensive.

Brave Soles leather is sourced in the Dominican Republic, as well as from Argentina and Mexico. They are also doing their best to continue to move the bar forward on some of the items by using up-cycled leather that is sourced from the remnants of furniture makers, airplane seats, and other industries with usable leather.

3. El Naturalista

3. El Naturalista

Price:

$62 – $106

Sustainable Materials:

Leather, Micro suede, Multi leather, Fishing Nets

El Naturalista manufactures 100% of their products, which means they get to select the highest-quality materials and be meticulous about each detail of the process to guarantee that the shoes the company makes are comfortable and last you a long time.

When you purchase a pair of El Naturalista shoes, you can also select who will benefit from among our diverse range of active programs.

4. Gumbies

Price:

$24

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Materials

5. Indosole

Price:

$39 – $89

Sustainable Materials:

ENVRO, Microfiber, Natural Rubber

Indosole is an environmentally conscious footwear brand that re-purposes tires to produce the soles of some of the most durable eco-friendly footwear. The company is based in San Francisco, California, USA; the shoes are manufactured in Bali, Indonesia.

Each pair is hand-made with love and possesses a charm which is synonymous with the Balinese craftspeople who create them, with the overall aim to decrease the waste tire problem around the world and make the most out of nature’s resources to produce soles with soul.

Officially launched in 2009, Indosole is on a mission to become the most responsible footwear company in the world by delivering high-quality footwear for travel, adventure, and lifestyle.

6. NAE Vegan Shoes

Price:

$50 – $74

Sustainable Materials:

Pineapple fiber, OEKO-TEX

NAE, which stands for No Animal Exploitation, offers creative designs and sustainable materials. They aim to  protect the environment step by step with the best vegan shoes on the market.

NAE collections are an ode to simplicity. Choosing minimalism reveals that quality always prevails over quantity.

7. Native Shoes

Price:

$35 – $79

Sustainable Materials:

Natural Rubber, EVA

Each time you wear a pair of Native Shoes, you are making an impact.

By 2023, each and every pair of Native Shoes will be 100% life cycle managed. The Remix Project, the first initiative, recycles your Native Shoes by giving them new life in projects across the community. Now that’s real sustainability!

8. Nisolo

Price:

$150 – $160

Sustainable Materials:

Leather

Nisolo wants to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction, a direction that not only values exceptional design but the producer and the planet just as much as the end consumer. The brand recognizes that everything they make has an impact on the planet, and they believe the fashion industry can regenerate rather than deplete the environment if the industry measures their impact and invest in proven methods to counteract it. They have a big commitment to reducing and offsetting 100% of their carbon emissions as a brand.

Nisolo’s goal is to maintain 0% net carbon emissions through measuring, reducing, and offsetting 100% of carbon emissions from the start of their supply chain all the way to the customer’s doorsteps.

9. Okabashi

Price:

$19

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Materials

Okabashi is known for bringing the experience of comfort of reflexology into shoe design. The brand has many loyal customers and an unmatched Two-Year Guarantee. Okabashi is able to make environmentally sustainable and wonderfully comfortable footwear in popular designs at low costs. Using a recyclable, proprietary material to manufacture American-made comfort shoes, their footwear has greater durability without loss of functionality.

10. Sole

Price:

$60 – $180

Sustainable Materials:

Bloom Algae Foam., ReCORK Recycled Wine Cork

Planet-friendly custom moldable orthopedic insoles and supportive footwear. That’s what SOLE provides.

SOLE combines comfort, sustainability, and support, with insoles, shoes, and sandals that are made from eco-friendly materials such as cork and algae foam.

11. Teva

Price:

$35 – $140

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Polyester

The original sport sandal emerged from the shores of the Grand Canyon back in 1984. Born out of necessity to prevent sandals from floating downstream, a resourceful river guide strapped two Velcro watchbands to a pair of old flip-flops. And just like that, Teva was born.

In the years following, Teva has retained the same pioneering spirit and continues to celebrate the freedom to explore.

12. Toms

Price:

$80 – $100

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Polyester, Plant Dye, Organic Cotton, TENCEL, Lyocell, Green EVA outsole, Eco Fibers, Recycled Rubbers, Recycled Strobel Board

TOMS is a casual Alpargatas (footwear that is not quite shoes and not quite sandals) brand, designed to have a lower environmental impact. They feature a REPREVE® recycled polyester upper blend, made with post-consumer plastic bottles and dyed using a process that reduces water and energy usage. TOMS is also a Certified B Corporation that is the original One-For-One company that continues to broaden its charitable impact. The brand is committed ⅓ of its profits to support people building equity at the grassroots level, promoting mental health, increasing access to opportunity, and ending gun violence.

TOMS’s mission has always been using business to improve lives, and that includes taking good care of the place we all call home.

13. Will’s Vegan

Price:

$71 – $118

Sustainable Materials:

Vegan Leather Made With Plants, Bio-Oil, Organic Cereal Crops

Will’s Vegan believes that if we all try to ‘Make A Positive Choice’ we can create positive change in the world.

Will’s Vegan start replacing components in its vegan footwear with natural and recycled options, introducing ethically made vegan clothing made in Italy with sustainable materials. The brand is certified carbon neutral and all its packaging is plastic-free.

14. Munjoi

Price:

$98

Sustainable Materials:

Sugar Cane, Cotton, Hemp, Bloom Algae

Munjoi’s shoes are climate neutral and their packaging has been designed with the help of Euro Brand Management GmbH to sustain transportation without the need of an additional shipping carton. EBM is a B Corp committed and driven to reduce its customers carbon footprint on the environment. They focus on global sustainable supply chain in the footwear, apparel and retail industries.

Munjoi’s innovative product, All Day, is patent-pending and designed to transform in one easy step between a sneaker, sandal slide, backless mule, or open-toe sneaker. The shoe is made of plant-based materials, including hemp, algae, sugar cane, and cotton.

15. Tidal New York

Price:

$26 – $30

Sustainable Materials:

Excess Waste, Reformulated Polyurethane, Bloom Algae

TIDAL New York was founded upon the simple idea that in order to make better footwear, it needed to be done domestically. Their flip-flops use the same material as a running shoe. For years, people saw flip-flops as disposable. The only way to truly debunk that perception was to develop a product that lasted longer than summer.

TIDAL flip-flops are for living your best life, made with better materials, better practices, and better processes.

Your feet deserve a break from shoes – and they also deserve footwear that is made sustainably and ethically. These brands are all great options to help the environment without having to compromise quality or style. One small choice at a time, we can make the world a greener place.

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Jordan Flagel

I specialize in environmental policy, tropical forest ecology, and sustainable development.

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