CANO shoes // Raising the bar for ethical fashion

CANO shoes // Raising the bar for ethical fashion

Shoes are incredibly difficult for me to find. First, my feet are larger than average, 10.5 to be exact, a size that most American brands don’t even make, meaning thrifting is pretty much out of the question. I’ve gotten lucky a couple times, but it’s rare. So that leaves buying new. But of course there is still the problem of fit, plus comfort, ascetically pleasing AND ethically made. I’ve never been able to find my perfect shoe, until the CANO shoe.

About CANOs

These CANO shoes hit all the boxes plus boxes I didn’t even know I was missing. For example, CANO goes beyond sustainability (here’s all about their sustainability) into complete transparency.

The company created an app that lets you see the actual people who made your specific shoe. The sole of the right shoe comes with a NFC-tag that stores all the supply chain data of your CANO shoes. Just scan your right shoe and you can see the the entire supply chain, from the leather suppliers to the artisans weavers. It’s the most transparent supply chain I’ve ever seen and it truly raises the bar for ethical fashion.

CANO makes several different styles, my personal favorite is the Huaraches — they’re breathable enough for summer and versatile enough to dress up or down. They also make some beautiful slip on sandals and mules, plus are coming out with boots later in the year.

I’ve worn my CANOs to work several times, but wanted to wear them to the park where I often take my toddler to see how they would hold up to some play. I was worried that I might get blisters, but no! These shoes actually get more comfortable every time I wear them. The weaved leather molds to your feet. TIP: If you’re in between sizes like me, size down because the shoes will stretch.

After the park, my shoes were a little dirty so I simply wiped them with a damp cloth and good as new. The site also has a whole section on how to properly care for your Huaraches, which I really appreciate since I plan on wearing these shoes for years and years.

CANO is a new and small company, so if you’re looking for some new shoes please go check them out. I have so much respect for their vision to reconnect consumers with artisans.

P.S. Make sure to sign up for their mailing list to get 10% off your first pair of CANO shoes.

Photos by Stephanie Kropp.

5 Ethical Fashion Brands to Liven Up Your Wardrobe

5 Ethical Fashion Brands to Liven Up Your Wardrobe

What kind of clothes do you picture when you hear the words ethical fashion? For me, I often think neutral colors in classic or oversized silhouettes. Let’s be clear, I love neutrals (half of my closet is black) and I also appreciate classic and forgiving styles, however sometimes I just want something different — a unique print, an interesting silhouette, a colorful dress–a piece that reflects my personality. That’s where these ethical fashion brands come in.

These five brands are doing things a bit different, even in the ethical fashion world, and that’s extra exciting to me. It reminds me that ethical fashion has come a long way in recent years, becoming more inclusive and therefore giving consumers even more choices. If you’re looking for a unique piece to revitalize your wardrobe, start here.



// Kirren Finch // 

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Made with sustainable fabrics and practices, Kirren Finch makes beautiful menswear inspired clothes for women. 100% of their clothing is produced in  New York which means they can keep a close eye on quality and ensure  workers are being paid fairly and working in safe conditions. At Kirren Finch, giving back to the LGBTQ community and empowering women is central to the core of their company.

// La Vie en Orange // 

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Founded by Kori Jock, La Vie en Orange makes fun (and custom made!) underwear from recycled t-shirts and unbleached elastic. Kori studied fashion design in college but couldn’t reconcile her love of the art with the consumerism wrapped up in it all. After working in the non-profit world, she decided to marry her two passions — enter La Vie en Orange.

// Mayamiko // 

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Mayamiko is an ethical and sustainable woman’s wear and lifestyle brand, producing clothes, accessories and homeware, lovingly made in Malawi by a team of tailors, pattern cutters and seamstresses. their collections are cross-seasonal and are inspired by African artisanal traditions and prints, with ethical trading and sustainability at the core. 

// Samantha Pleet // 

Samantha Pleet was founded in 2007 in Brooklyn NY after graduating from Pratt Institute. Samantha makes the patterns and designs each collections out of her solar powered townhouse in Brooklyn.  The garments are produced at a women owned factory in NYC as well as fair trade factories in India and China. Their new line of shoes are produced at a small fair trade women owned factory in China and the leathers are sustainably sourced in Italy. Their pieces are meant to be treasured and handed down with love to friends and family in the years to come.

 // Tamga Designs // 

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TAMGA Designs is a sustainable lifestyle movement, born out of the need for a positive example in fashion. They believe in a bright future for style, people and the planet, so we create clothing that respects all three. TAMGA is endlessly inspired by travel, textiles and most of all – color. They design every garment to be a free-flowing statement of art, creativity and the inner free spirit.

Did I miss your favorite brand? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always on the hunt for more ethical fashion companies!

Top Photo: Samantha Pleet


Ethical Children’s Clothing // Shop Small with these 10 Boutique Brands

Ethical Children’s Clothing // Shop Small with these 10 Boutique Brands

My toddler wears 90% secondhand clothes, but when I do buy new, I aim to buy from ethical children’s clothing brands. These 10 boutique brands are some of my favorites, for heirloom pieces made from natural fabrics or simple basics made from 100% organic cotton. Continue reading “Ethical Children’s Clothing // Shop Small with these 10 Boutique Brands”