Cri de Coeur is one of the best ‘eco-luxe’ shoe brands out there. They are committed to ethical practices, are sweatshop free, and advocate a vegan lifestyle in order to fight pollution, deforestation, and environmental degradation. In case you didn’t know, adopting a vegan lifestyle is the number 1 way to help the environment (source 1 and source 2), and this goes beyond what you put in your mouth. Leather shoes and purses contribute to flooding the earth with toxins (from the chemicals used to treat the leathers so it doesn’t rot) in addition to the transportation to raise, feed, and move the dead animal skins. Not to mention the fact that it’s totally inhumane to kill something for the purpose of wearing it.
Do some of your own research on the leather industry to see for yourself exactly how bad (it’s really bad) it is. But for now, let’s talk about the budget-friendly eco-conscious cruelty-free shoes! Cri de Coeur (to “cry from the heart”) has 2 lines of shoes: one which is their higher end line with prices ranging from $250 to $450, and the second being Hearts of Darkness, still of amazing quality and style but with prices under $150. And, the Hearts of Darkness spring collection is really fun, with those extra little details like tassels and fringes, wood heels and booties in all shapes and sizes. Below I have picked 5 shoes from the collection that I think best represent the entire line, but feel free to browse it yourself here.
#1: The Sweep Fringe Slingback
#2: Cloud Crochet Bootie
The Cloud Crochet Bootie is a gorgeous flat with intricate detail. Comfy and cute! $110.
#3: Shag Fringe Slouch Boot
The Shag Fringe Slouch Boot is my favorite! These are the boots being worn in the first picture, and as you can see they make your legs look great (it could be the 4 inch wood heel). Don’t you love the fringes going down the side? $155.
#4: Delicate Crochet Flat
I’m just loving the crochet, and the flat is a great shape that is flattering on your feet! $100.
#5: Skate Lace Up Open Toe Boot
This bootie isn’t your typical shoe… it is made from distressed denim and features a sexy peep toe. The laces are very hip right now too. $130.