Cover photo: Nativeshoes.com
Ok, I don’t really mean that I’m actually “going native” or even going anywhere besides to and from my office. This time of year just leaving my apartment can be quite a challenge – it’s freezing outside. Yes, the most recent snowstorm was a bit of a bust, but we still got enough precipitation in NYC to make things messy and make snow boots a must. Lucky for me, I was recently turned on to Native shoes and these Jimmy winter boots are the perfect alternative to the other winter boot options out there (the other guys are not eco or animal friendly).
All Native shoes are free from any animal by-products; they use EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) to create the shoes. EVA is not perfect but it is a greener (semi-green) plastic — since it is chlorine-free it has been shown to reduce off-gassing and it means less really bad chemicals leaching out in landfills. This material is super lightweight, shock absorbent, washable, waterproof, and odor-resistant. The shoes contain no BPA and are phthalate free, they’re also free from hazardous materials such as formaldehyde.
This company tries to be as low-impact as possible. The process they use to make the shoes, by pouring them into a mold, is low waste. These guys even do your recycling for you – well, at least they package and ship it with recycled materials.
Native are not the only ones shaking up the boot game. We also love Roma Rain Boots – “Give poverty the boot,” with styles that range from classic to edgy. The prices are not only extremely affordable, but every time someone buys a pair of Roma’s, a pair is donated to a child in need.