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Can your footwear be socially conscious and fashionable? Yes, according to Pie Footwear (the shoes are not edible), which just opened their doors in Portland, Oregon. JC and Stacey Matney own the store and began with the idea to have a comfortable shoe store, but realized they wanted their store to match their values and went vegan and sustainable instead.
Pie even holds in-store shoe recycling, including their upcoming event September 13, where for every shoe donated, Teva will donate $1 to the Waterkeeper Alliance. Shoes collected will be donated internationally through Souls4Soles. Pie also works with Nike's Reuse A Shoe program. They have high standards for shoes and their shop, and ensure that each shoe meets at least one of these standards. Pie carries vegan shoe lines like Chaco, Ecolution, ENDoutdoor, El Naturalista, Ethletic, Hush Puppies, Haiku Bags, Keen, Mohop, No Sweat, Novacas, Patagonia, RocknSocks, Simple, Teko Socks, Terra Plana, and Teva. Besides shoes, the shop carries accessories like eco-bags, socks and hats.
The Matney's also wanted to make sure that their shoes are socially responsible, so they carry lines like Mohop, which are ribbon-tied sandals made in the US, and Ethletic sneakers, whose manufacture provides coop community building opportunities and supports local water initiatives in a village in Pakistan. Some of their shoes do contain letter, but they are ISO 14001 certified or vegetable tanned.
But thats not all - the store itself is made from mostly reclaimed and reused items, such as the light fixtures, the furniture and even the flooring.
The shoes can be found online and at their shop located at 2916 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211. Pie asks that you shop locally, so if you live outside the Portland area, but see shoes on their site you like, find a store in your area that carries them.
Update: not all of the shoes are vegan, but Pie Footwear does try to make sure that all of their shoes are made with environmental and socially responsible practices.