Best of Ecouterre: 7 Eco-Friendly Shoes

Oat Biodegradable Shoe

+ When you're done with your OAT sneakers, don't toss them in the trash. You can bury them in your backyard and watch them bloom into wildflowers.

+ Beyond Skin has a range of hot vegan pumps that only look like they're made from suede; they're actually derived from recycled plastic bottles!

+ Hetty Rose clads its dreamy footwear in vintage kimonos that are damaged or otherwise unsalvageable.

+ Don't worry, no actual snakes were harmed in making Pauline in Love's ethically made snakeskin slip-ons. It's really organic-cotton canvas in disguise. + You've heard of flat-pack furniture, but flat-pack shoes? UNU Footwear's DIY slippers arrive as a single sheet of die-cut recycled leather. Some assembly required, of course.

+ Who says print is dead? Nike reincarnated old shredded magazines into a range of colorful sneakers.

+ These biodegradable ballet flats dispense from a repurposed cigarette vending machine--just what your podiatrist ordered after a night of dancing on heels.

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