My favorite classic suede Converse has seen better days and the side is starting to rip. With a little bit of Shoe Goo, it will not end up in the landfill just yet. I plan to use it as my dirty chores shoe now.

simplesustainSince it’s time to shop for another comfortable walking shoe, I’ve decided to get something made by Simple. They are an interesting green company that was started in Santa Barbara, CA back in 1991. Simple Shoe company is committed to making their product 100% sustainable. Finding materials and processes that make the products sustainable is a method called “Green Toe”. Some of the products found in their shoes are listed in the colorful bubble drawings here – from hemp to bamboo.

The company follows the Deckers Ethical Supply Chain Guidelines. I’ve never heard of it until I came across Simple’s website. It’s a good concept and more companies should strive to do the same. You can read more about it here. A little excerpt below:

“Deckers Outdoor Corporation respects internationally recognized human rights and environmental standards and places them at the core of our business practices. We believe that no business should ever be complicit in human rights abuses. We promote greater environmental responsibility and we encourage the development and use of environmentally friendly technologies.

We are committed to a process of continuous improvement. We recognize that our own business practices can impact our business partners’ ability to implement these Guidelines and we commit to addressing our impacts that are related to these Guidelines. Business partners agree to take responsibility for their business impacts, to correct problems when they are found and to build management systems that prevent problems from reoccurring.”

Pictured here are two styles I had to decide between, the Carousel or the Macaroon.



In terms of comfort and price, I decided to go with the first style “Carousel” in light blue color. I like it better without the double straps and makes it easy to take on and off. Especially when I take my shoes off when I am inside the house. When the weather gets warmer, I will be replacing my winter boots with these.

A little more info on my new Simple Carousel shoe from

Product Information:
  • This ecoSNEAKS™ shoe is part of Simple’s Better Category representing one more step toward a more sustainable global environment.
  • Ships in Simple’s totally state-of-the-art/back-to-the-future post-consumer recycled box.
  • 100% post consumer paper pulp foot forms.
  • Hemp upper.
  • Vulcanized rubber sidewall, toecap and heelcap.
  • Organic cotton lining is soft and breathable.
  • Ortholite®/recycled car tire pedbed for all-day comfort.
  • Water based cements are employed for bringing the shoe together.
  • Recycled car tire outsole provides grip and traction.
  • 3/4″ heel.

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