Fashion

Ethical & Sustainable Women's Winter Boots

By Sophie Parsons
16.10.19

Step in to winter on the right foot with some of our favourite ethical and sustainable boots for the winter season. 

 

Whether you prefer a glamourous knee-high or a practical chelsea style, winter boots are an essential for any capsule wardrobe. However, as is the case with much of the fast fashion industry, the ethics and environmental consequences of shoe manufacturing are at the detriment of the planet, with the leather industry in particular causing deforestation and emissions associated with livestock, chemical usage in tanneries and unethical working conditions for employees. It is as a result of these environmental impacts that The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Materials Sustainability Index, which measures impact up to the point of fabrication, gives most leathers an impact score of 159.

Fortunately, these brands have found a way to create beautiful and practical boots without comprimising the planet. For those wanting leather boots, opting for a brand that is part of the Leather Working Group ensures consideration of chemical, water and waste management within tanneries, in addition to employee safety. If shopping for vegan products, the use of leather-alternatives by the likes of Dr Martens and Taylor + Thomas is done with an awareness of plastic pollution and carbon emissions - focusing on ethics from start to finish. 

Here are some of our favourite boots to invest in this winter:

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Ethical & Sustainable Women's Winter Boots