If you're forgoing a trip to the Mediterranean in favor of a summer staycation, you don't have to travel far to score the popular sustainable sandals worn by the Spanish royal family to local farmers and island vacationers in Menorca, Spain. Now conveniently available stateside--online and in New York, at Maryam Nassir Zadeh--these authentic summer kicks (I tried out a complimentary pair) are handmade by the third generation family-run Avarcas Riudavets with Spanish leather and100% recycled rubber tire sole.
For a hippie chic look, don them with a laid-back look from Eileen Fisher's eco collection or dress them up with Organic by John Patrick's colorful Resort 2013 collection.
Riudavets Avarcas are available in men, women, and children sizes and a variety of classic colors, including black, white, natural, navy, green, brown, and khaki, as well as more modern hues, like gold and silver.
Plan to wear these kicks in before you get the full effect. "Mine broke in in just a couple days," a spokesperson for Riudavets USA told TreeHugger. "Once they do it is like they are made just for your feet! It's like the more worn they are, the cooler they are, like your favorite pair of jeans."