Comfortable sneakers, sleek ankle boots or waxed oxfords, FashionUnited has selected three shoe brands for which durability is key.
With over a million pairs of sneakers already sold in the US and UK, Allbirds has achieved cult status in terms of comfortable, everyday sneakers. The New Zealand brand creates styles that are timeless, eco-friendly and B-Corp certified, so we know they meet the highest environmental and social standards. It is carbon neutral and partners with Soles4Souls to donate all returned shoes to those who need them, in addition to using water and energy saving practices in its factories. The collections for women and men are made from ZQ certified merino wool – Allbirds main material – and the soles are made from SweetFoam ™ cane sugarcane and recycled bottle laces with eucalyptus upper fabrics. While the Dasher running shoe sells for 120 pounds, the everyday Tree Runner sneaker is 98 pounds.
Baabuk shoe collections are made from hand felted wool and B-Corp certified. Breathable and antibacterial, its sneakers are water repellent and made in the historic Burel factory in Portugal with wool sourced from nearby sheep. The shoe offer ranges from $ 89 for a pair of ballet flats to $ 125 for a pair of high top sneakers and they’re all easy to pair with just about anything. The brand has partnered with the BVA Foundation in Switzerland to employ people with mental and physical disabilities in its logistics center, thus committing to more inclusion and awareness in the industry.
From oxford shoes to chukka boots, Oliberté has been handcrafting understated and elegant shoes since 2009. The Canadian company owned the world’s first fair trade footwear factory – based in Addis Ababa – before starting to manufacture its collections in small series. in Canada in 2019. The brand has supported workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa and produces sneakers – think 85 pounds for a pair – that sit on comfortable and durable Vibram soles. The collections feature timeless designs that can easily be mixed and matched all year round for a clean yet eye-catching look.