The details: The leather top parts are made of vegetable-tanned leather, they are coloured using vegetable dyes and tree bark by members of a Northern Indian community, with the profits going back to them. They make the soles too, using only leather from cows that have died naturally. The fabric straps are 100% natural jute from a village in West Bengal with the profits to be spent on schools. The construction: the shoes are put together in a small assembly unit in a poor area in Delhi that hires elderly workers at good wages. The packaging: the box is made from recycled paper by an organisation that hires former drug addicts and those with HIV. The price: £45 ( $89) and worth every penny. :: Topshop Via :: Evening Standard
Are these the greenest sandals ever--aside from bare feet, of course... Sold at Topshop, every part of them is fairtrade, ethical, sustainable, and made by rural community groups with the profits being poured back into the local area. While not perfect, Topshop has already introduced ethical jewellery and clothing into their stores. And btw, the gladiator look is sooo fashionable this season.