Great footwear is not just a style thing, it’s also about a comfort and long wear. But what many people don’t know is that you can go green with your footwear, meaning you can make the right decisions to go eco-friendly and help the planet while saving money on shoes. So before you toss out that old pair of shoes, go out to buy a brand new pair, or store your summer footwear for the winter, check out these easy tips to green your footwear and shoes year round.
Did you know you can buy natural and organic footwear? Well now you do! One of my favorite organic shoe stores is an online website called Simple Shoes. Simple Shoes’ main goal is to strive for 100 percent sustainability, meaning they put every effort into their company to keep it green. While many organic and green shoe options can be found online, make sure you read tags and labels when you shop for your regular footwear. Be sure to ask questions and don’t hesitate to shop around for other options.
Don’t wear your shoes into the ground until they’re falling apart. One ideal thing you can do is before your shoes start falling apart is donate them. Not only that, but you can you purchase secondhand shoes from places like Salvation Army and Goodwill. Secondhand shoes help the environment because you’re saying “no” to new production of shoes. As a second tip, secondhand stores offer a lot of vintage options, especially footwear, which is extremely in this season!
Make it Last
There are tons of different ways to get the most wear out of your shoes. Here are some tips. First, in order to remove mud, use a hard brush or cloth. Never use a hard or blunt object like a knife or screwdriver. Also, you can get rid of odors by using baking soda on the soles. Finally, try olive oil on leather to prevent it cracking and tearing. With all these tips you can easily get the most wear out of your shoes!
If the Shoe Fits
Make sure that a pair of shoes fit before you purchase them. You can easily avoid wasting a pair of shoes by finding a pair that’s comfortable for your feet. If you buy a pair of shoes and discover they don’t fit properly, don’t hesitate to take them back and exchange for a larger size or width or even a different style.
Ways to Recycle Shoes
There are numerous things you can do with old shoes besides donate. Try swapping shoes with friends to find a new look or style. Nike also has a shoe program where you can donate your old shoes to be ground up and create playground materials and tracks. And lastly, check out shoe stores to see if they offer any discount for turning in your old pair of shoes. Some stores, like Kenneth Cole, offer a 20 percent off coupon.