For those of you who’ve seen The Wizard of Oz, you know that there are just some shoes that a girl could kill for. And the Melissa Vinyl wedge is no exception. Although it doesn’t quite have the sparkle of Dorothy’s duds, it will certainly make you a little more bright-eyed when you find out it’s made from eco-shoe designer Melissa’s signature MEXFLEX recycled (and recyclable!) plastic. Not only does it come in a variety of colors (fuchsia, green, grey and black) so you can pick exactly how bold or neutral you want to go with these amazing t-strap style shoes, it also smells sweetly of bubble gum. Plus all solid, liquid and gas residues left over from the production process are recycled and dealt with in-house (meaning there’s practically zero waste). And the best part is you don’t have to break your bank account or holiday budget to buy them (or go all the way over the rainbow to find them). They are available for a mere $70 at

Story by Alison Sherbach. This article originally appeared in Plenty in November 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008

Head over heels
Channel your inner Dorothy with these recycled plastic wedges.