Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eco-Friendly Shoes - Going Green With Footwear

Shoes in a shopImage via WikipediaBy Joan One

It is possible today to have fashionable earth friendly shoes to complete your outfit for whatever purpose - be it walking, dancing, climbing or running. This means that in your quest to protect the planet, you are no longer confined to wearing earth friendly, boxy hemp shoes or sandals that lack any sense of style.

In addition, green shoes today are available in a wider selection of colors, designs and materials to choose from. These include wooden soles made from sustainable wood; shoes made from recycled bottles for mesh, recycled leather, recycled rice husks for sole materials, recycled foam for foot-beds, bamboo or recycled car tires to complete your look.

For instance, you can now dress up your feet in some stylish, sexy and beautiful bamboo shoes which have proved to be very popular with shoppers today. Some of the natural materials used to creatively construct eco-shoes include hemp, recycled inner tubes, sustainable wood, recycled carpet padding, recycled car tires, cork, organic cotton, bamboo, vegetable-dyed leather, as well as natural rubber from the "hevea" tree known as crepe. These may be used to create comfortable running shoes as well as stylish three-inch heels. This means that you don't have to sacrifice your great sense of style in being socially conscious.

It is possible to purchase eco-shoes both online and in certain brick and mortar stores for women and men to wear when dressing up, playing golf or engaging in exercises such as jogging. Kids can also look stylish and remain protected by wearing green shoes. Because the pores on the soles of our feet are rather large, we need to keep them protected from absorbing chemicals from the surfaces that we walk on as well as our shoes. It is therefore especially important for toddlers and young children to wear eco-friendly shoes as they may be more susceptible to the harmful effects of toxins used in the manufacture of other shoes.

Vegetarians enjoy spending on eco-shoes which is in keeping with their lifestyle, while others are more concerned about sustaining the environment. There are also individuals who worry about how the toxic materials such as glue which are used in making shoes can be absorbed into our bodies and affect our overall health. If you are concerned about how materials used to make shoes - such as leather, impacts animals and the environment, then green shoes are just the thing for you.

Joan One is a freelance journalist and creative writer who immensely enjoys writing and researching into any topic under the Sun. She specializes in writing "green" eco-friendly topics aimed at enabling environmentally conscious readers to find simple ways to reduce their carbon footprint and help save our planet.

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