Updated: September 21, 2019 with new links and products
My feet are cold.
Maybe yours are too. Big name slippers from big box stores will do a fine job of warming your toes (and I’m not going to lie, I’ve got some Isotoners). But maybe you’re looking for something from a company that puts forth a little effort in the fair trade department. Companies that take an extra step in the direction of sustainability.
If so, here are nine brands of eco slippers… nine slipper companies with an ethical bent… nine slippers with heart and, uh, sole.
BetterFelt Felted Wool Slippers
What they make: Felted wool slippers and slipper boots for men, women, kids, and babies.
Why they’re good: Danish company BetterFelt uses natural wool that’s washed in organic soap to maintain the lanolin content, which helps keep your slippers clean and stink-free. The slippers are felted by hand in Kathmandu, Nepal for certified fair trade wages.
Rawganique Hemp House Slippers
What they make: Organic hemp, cotton, and linen clothing, shoes, sheets, and towels. Also rope and twine.
Why they’re good: In the ¿quien es mas macho? contest of eco fibers, hemp reigns supreme. Rawganique grows its own organic hemp, which is woven, knit and sewn in their European workshop. Their slippers are sweatshop free, chemical free and come from a company founded by off-grid island homesteaders off the coast of British Columbia.
Chilote House Shoes
What they make: The absolute crunchiest, earthiest looking slippers you’ve ever seen.
Why they’re good: Made from salmon leather (which is exactly what it sounds like) and Patagonian wool, each slipper is knit by hand by a group of 50 independent artisan women living in Patagonia who earn 43% above the average fair wage for their work.
Janska Double Bottom MocSocks
What they make: Comforting jackets, vests, capes, and wraps for ladies.
Why they’re good: Their MocSocks hit somewhere between a slipper and a sock with a non-skid sole and an extra layer of fleece at the bottom. The slippers are made in the USA.
Muffle-Up! Handmade Slippers
What they make: Funky, handmade slippers for adults, babies, and kids. (The tiny sock monkey slippers for babies are achingly cute.)
Why they’re good: Canadian company Muffle Up! makes all their slippers by hand using recycled leather for the soles and repurposed sheepskin for the lining. All scraps from slipper production either get used in the furniture they make, or are donated to local art projects.
Free Waters Shoes & Slippers
What they make: Shoes, sandals and slippers for men and women.
Why they’re good: While their slippers are vegan, when the company does use leather, it comes from responsibly sourced Gold Certified suppliers. They also use water-based glues, no PVCs and eco packaging. Yet their guiding mission is providing clean water to places where clean water is a challenge. By sending 1% of net sales to fund grassroots organizations, Free Waters has helped clean water projects in Kenya, Haiti, and the Philippines.
Rikumo Lana Room Shoes
What they make: Anything you can think of, as long as it’s made in Japan. Towels, flatware, notebooks, toothbrushes, teaware (and tea), earrings, toys, and finally, slippers.
Why they’re good: Rikumo is a lifestyle brand that connects Japanese artisans with the public In order to sustain traditional Japanese craftsmanship. The slippers are 100% cotton, woven on Japanese looms to be soft as cashmere without the cashmere.
Feelgoodz Sandals and Slippers
What they make: Natural rubber flip flops, vegan leather sandals, and slippers for men and women.
Why they’re good: Their natural rubber is farmed from rubber trees by a local cooperative and their textiles are made by weaving cooperatives in Guatemala and Vietnam. The Laid-Back slippers use woven fabric from the Cham Pa weaving co-op in Phan Rang, Vietnam.
Baabuk Wool Shoes and Slippers
What they make: Wool sneakers, slippers, and boots for adults and kids.
Why they’re good: Baabuk is not only a Certified B-Corp, the New Zealand and Portuguese wool they use comes from sheep they ensure are well-treated and happy. The wool is then minimally processed with soap and water and the slippers are ethically made in Nepal in an environmentally and socially responsible workshop.