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No Simple Feat

By Heather O'Neill
August 26, 2009
File under: Fitness, Products

Life isn’t simple but your choice of shoes should be.

Simple Shoes ecoSneaks are the coolest thing that’s happened in athletic shoes in ages. The lines of sneaker for men and women are made entirely of eco-friendly materials, like hemp and organic cotton. I tested the Women’s Satire in silk and the Men’s Tuba in hemp and have fallen madly in love.

The Satire is a silk sneaker with certified organic cotton laces and a fun organic cotton lining. Silk sneaker? That’s what I thought but as it turns out, silk is a natural protein fiber that keeps your feet cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool. I love the red, which has super cute pink piping.

The Tuba is a 100 percent vegan shoe, which is made using no animal byproducts. The exterior is certified organic hemp, which is grown quickly without the use of pesticides. The sneaks come with Recycled PET Laces. PET is made of recycled soda bottles

The shoe bed on both styles is made of super soft and squishy polyurethane and recycled car tire, and these babies have some bounce. They are super comfortable for cruising around town or even for jobs which require standing for long periods of time.

Even Simple Shoes’ boxes are earth friendly; they are made of post-consumer recycled paper, soy based printing ink, natural latex and starch-based glue.

The company is moving towards 100 percent sustainability with its Green Toe initiative. Progress in Green Toe is measured with a scale called “good, better, best.” The best category represents our most sustainable shoes and bags and sets the bar for the rest of the line. Moving forward these same innovative materials and constructions will be found in the good and better categories, raising the bar for the best products.

Simple Shoes is a company whose products you can purchase and wear with pride, and that is no simple feat.

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