Only in England would a man wear a handkerchief on his head, put on a pair of socks and then slip into a pair of sandals! And why not? If it’s comfy and keeps your head from getting sunburned, all for the good. Pull up a deckchair and discover nice beach sandals, to go with your socks. Above are Freerangers open sandals.
But as this is England, Naturally – no animals are harmed. All of these sandals are made from vegan-friendly materials (and not plastic either – as that would not be very beach-friendly, would it?) All of these brands are made from partly-biodegradable Microfiber, which lets your feet breathe, whilst avoiding leather.
These shoes are also very easy to clean with a damp cloth, and should last you years. Quality vegan shoes are mostly sold online, so get your feet measured at shoe shop, to avoid the hassle of returns. They are all made from kind and sustainable materials. It’s good to let shoes dry out on alternate days so they last longer, so invest in two pairs, and they should last a long time.
Many people believe the leather industry is a by-product from the meat industry, but this is not usually the case. The leather tanning process is not just cruel but also mostly very polluting to the planet, and for the tanners. And most brand name shoes are made in the Far East, which has very little animal welfare (or human rights) laws.
Freerangers (Newcastle) offer 21 colour choices for their vegan sandals. There are traditional open sandals with adjustable straps and roller buckles for easy adjustment, handmade to order. Or for women, choose from various styles and your colours of choice, all with padded insoles and shock-absorbing flexible soles. They even make shoes for odd-sized feet!
Vegetarian Shoes (Brighton) offers a nice range of ethically-made summer sandals in bright colours. These are mostly ‘Birkenstock-style’ sandals, some with toe posts. Lightweight and comfy due to the contoured footbed, these are easily adjustable to quickly slip on and off, with an added comfort foam layer, cork and rubber midsoles and a cushioned grippy outsole.