It's about this time of year when the previous year's sandals start getting worn out. For some reason, my warm-weather shoes always get way more beat-up than my winter boots do (maybe it's because I travel often, and almost always to warm-weather locales). Today I am wearing my oldest sandals, which are about five years on and still going, but others have not fared as well. 

With a good three months to go of open-toe sandal wearing (generally I go through most of September in summer shoes, don't you?), and sandals on sale pretty much everywhere, this is the perfect time to make a wise replacement or addition. All of the shoes below are high-quality, ethical, sustainable, and of course, cute companions to summer dresses or early-fall denim. And yes, they're all on sale. 

The Melissa Star Sandal is a sweet flat that gives you the teensiest lift off the sidewalk, and is a fun almost-but-not-quite Barbie pink color. Melissa's are made from a very long-lasting no-smell plastic (I have a pair that are going on their fourth year!) in a closed-loop factory, which means no pollutants make their way into the water supplies where they are made in Brazil. On sale at Kaight for $50.40.  


The Penny Platform Wedge is not only supercute and would go with skirts, jeans and short of many styles, it is "made with organic denim, red top stitching, second generation scrap alder wedge, rubber outsole, open cell rubber insole liner." $140 from Juno & Jove. 


Rachel Comey's Tuco clog in leopard print is closed-toed and cool as can be. These could definitely be worn with a long, flowing skirt or full-legged pants once autumn comes. Available from Beklina for $270. 

The Patagonia Mosiac Toe sandal is made with recycled materials and a leather upper. Available from the Sierra Trading Post for $49.95. 


The Skipper Pharos by Cocolico is made from vegetable-tanned and low-impact dyed leather. For shoes that are office appropriate but also say summer, these fit the bill. Available at Juno & Jove, $128. 



Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Sustainable summer sandals on sale!
These sweet shoes will keep your feet cool and looking fabulous through al fresco dinners, trips to the beach, and even work too.