Shoes Made From Recycled Materials

Shoes Made From Recycled Materials

I’ve always loved seeking out new ways to use recycled products, and I’ve always LOVED shoes, so it should come as no surprise that my post on shoes made from recycled materials was one of my most popular!

Shoes Made from Recycled Rice Paper by KEEN

I first featured these shoes made from recycled rice papers by Keen back in 2009. KEEN is one shoe brand that does a great job of using innovative techniques and materials in their shoes. While they strive to use sustainable materials in most of what they do, these Mary-jane style sneakers show off an obvious take on recycling!

Avarca Pons Wedge, with soles made from recycled tires

These funky wedge sandals feature soles made from recycled tires! They’re based on a classic Spanish shoe style and they’re handmade in Spain by a company called Pons which does a variety of shoe styles for women and kids.

Timberland Women's Earthkeepers Maeslin Wedge Sandal

Timberland has also started incorporating more recycled materials into the manufacturing of their Earthkeepers shoe line, which includes the cute wedge sandal seen above.


Indie shoe brand All Black has gotten some recognition for their inventive use of recycled newspapers in their Hot News and Hot News 2 shoe styles. Trashy Diva carries some of their shoes, and I’ve also noticed that for a lot of their shoe soles they use recycled leathers as well.

Okabashi shoes women

Okabashi brand shoes are made in the USA, at their zero-waste manufacturing facilities in Georgia, and they incorporate extensive recycling solutions throughout their manufacturing process.


El Naturalista is another brand that incorporates a lot of recycled materials and eco-friendly practices into their shoe-making as well. As far as athletic brands go, Brooks running shoes often utilize biodegradable and recycled materials in the construction of their shoes.

Do you have any favorite brands you’ve discovered that make shoes from recycled materials?

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