One of the things that our family is doing, like so many, is being very careful with purchases. I have begun to not only think about the price of an object, I ask myself if it is needed, but also what is the impact of that object on the earth. In the case of shoes for toddlers, the answer is almost always yes - they are needed. So I thought I would share these cute shoes with you. They are made by Simple Shoes and I ordered these through Zappos. I try to use local vendors for most things, but being a grandmother in one state, with a grandson in another, it is not always possible. In this case the shoes will be delivered the next day, free shipping, and return if necessary. Our younger daughter has been wearing shoes by Simple for a few years now. Most of hers are made of the sustainable product, hemp, with recycled materials for the soles. I like the product specs on these little shoes:
- Constructed from washable, earth-friendly suede.
- The suede is from an eco-certified tannery.
- Certified organic-cotton fleece lining for comfort on your feet.
- Organic cotton comes from non-genetically modified seeds. It is also grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides.
- Recycled PET and natural latex elastic laces with pull toggle for a snug fit.
- Foot form inserts are made from post-consumer recycled paper.
- Non-marking, natural rubber outsole with toe bumper.
- Even the box that your fun shoes come in are created from post-consumer recycled paper, soy-based printing ink, natural latex, and a starch-based glue.