I generally only part with money for beer. But when I do buy men’s fashion I make damn sure it’s decent quality. Welcome to my review of ethical menswear available online. The good, the dishonest, and…
Recycled polypropylene rope sandals
Nomadic State of Mind, who I’ve written about previously, have a pretty interesting brand story. From the CEO living in a VW bus, to their products being made by a village in Nicaragua, it’s difficult to present a balanced review of a product that I love so freaking much! These sandals are available from Nomadic State directly, and through Amazon here.
Running up and down on tiled studio floors all day takes its toll on my feet, and I’m in constant search of comfortable shoes. They also have to be stylish, since I see clients all day, and preferably warm, since my studio can be freezing.
This pair of rope sandals from Nomadic State works perfectly since they don’t divide the toes, so (judge me I don’t care) I can wear socks with them in the winter. And they’re certainly fabulous enough to pimp up my suit pants.
So far so good, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re produced with fair trade agreements, using durable upcycled materials and promote conscious consumerism. Check out Nomadic State of Mind’s website for more info on these issues, and my judgemental synopsis here. All in all I LOVE these shoes! The warning on the tag is accurate: may include perma grin, happy feet, free thinking and overwhelming urges to wonder the planet.
I love these Five things
#1 – Possibly the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. Although my sweaty nature doesn’t usually go well with synthetic fibers, the weave here seems airy enough to keep my feet dry and comfy.
#2 – I get compliments from strangers, and there’s no mood booster like a random hottie telling you you’re fabulous!
#3 – The packaging was simple and thrifty, which I really appreciate from a sustainably conscious brand. AND they still managed to include their individuality and relay their message. Do give their card a read, it’ll make you lol.
#The rest – using recycled materials and not wasting anything is the most sustainable thing the industry can do right now (#4), and socially responsible manufacture is something we should all be supporting(#5).
I hate these Two things
#1 – The soles are a bit slippery on smooth surfaces, though Nomadic State does have options with rubber soles. It’ll also be pretty easy to attach soles yourself – I’ll be guilting my dad into doing it for me. So far I haven’t actually slipped, so can’t really complain too much.
#2 – The back strap is annoyingly loose and falls down my heel. I’m not sure if a smaller size would have avoided this, but to be honest it doesn’t actually slip off, just sits lower than I’d have liked it.
+3 Overall, I’m a fan of these
As I keep experiencing with ethical fashion, the costs are pretty high; these sandals set me back over R1000. Though much of that was import tax, and given the convenience of the shopping experience and the support of sustainable fashion, it doesn’t seem all that exorbitant. You can grab them off Amazon here.
As an aside I’m not entirely convinced of the durability of these sandals over rough surfaces (like gravel). I’m afraid we’ll have to wait to judge this feature accurately, watch this space.
Let me know what you think of these sandals in the comments. Having seen how glam they make me, do you think they’re worth the price?
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