For most of the year, I wear pretty much the same thing every day: blue skinny jeans and a grey or white tee-shirt. Depending on the weather, add or subtract a grey or beige cardigan or jumper. I’ve come to develop a deep appreciation for brightly-coloured scarves as a way of distracting people from the fact I’ve been wearing essentially the same outfit since time immemorial. I’ve been gravitating towards brightly-coloured shoes lately too (see: my Pinterest) for the same reason. I hate that pink is thought of as a ‘girls’ colour’ (still?!), but I love the colour itself – so bright and happy.
1. TOMS Shoes Indo Women’s Vegan Classics ($51.25AUD)
For every pair of TOMS Shoes sold, they donate a pair to a child in need (see here for more information about how it works). So, you get to help a child and also own a pair of super-cute pink Aztec print shoes — double win. These shoes are vegan.
2. Melissa Ultragirl Glitter II Ballet Flats ($69AUD)
I featured the gold glitter version of these Melissa shoes in my Sparkly and Sustainable New Year’s Eve post. Melissa shoes are made from recycled and recyclable plastic. Have I mentioned that they smell like bubblegum? These shoes are vegan.
3. Olsenhaus Vegan Journey Thong Sandals in Pink ($91.80AUD)
Olsenhaus is a US-based vegan shoe brand. I think their ‘About’ page is vaguely insane, but hey, their products tick my boxes (so to speak) and these Summer sandals are cute (and a bit more subtle than the rest of my selection). These shoes are vegan.
4. FAIR+TRUE Upcycled Vegan Thong Sandal in Multi ($65.80AUD)
FAIR+TRUE is a sweet up-and-coming sustainable fashion brand based in the UK. These shoes are made in a fair-trade arrangement in Vietnam using recycled fabric. Are they thongs? Are they sandals? Either way, can I get away with wearing them to work? I’m asking the hard-hitting questions.
5. Lalesso African Print Ballet Pumps in Pink ($46AUD)
Lalesso is a South African fair-trade fashion brand formed by two young women named Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway. All of their products are made in a fair-trade arrangement in Kenya. I just like everything about these and I want them on my feet right now. These shoes are not vegan (sorry!).
Pink shoes — yay or nay?