Window-shopping has a whole new meaning thanks to online shopping.
On a typical mall trip, I wouldn’t give Naturalizer a second, nay first, glance on account of their reputation for grandma sandals (you know, the kind rarely worn without hose) and “comfortable” shoes. Nary a heel or stylish boot in sight.
So, while browsering for new fall shoes, I was moderately shocked and completely delighted to find myself swooning for Naturalizer’s Naya line (how did I end up at naturalizer.ca in the first place? When it comes to cute shoes, leave no source unturned).
The eco-friendly collection of shoes, sandals and boots uses vegetable-tanned leathers and linings, organic fabrics, natural cork and rubber footbeds, sustainable bamboo heels and nickel-free metal buckles — among other creative materials.
My shopping list now includes the following:
Naya Bakula in Bordo Leather, $160
Naya Briar in Graphic Lead Suede, $160
Naya Breeze in Graphite Suede, $190
(a good knock-off of the pricier Chie Mahara boots I crushed on here)
As tends to be the case with natural, organic and eco-conscious anything, prices run slightly higher than other mall footwear options. But for a clearer conscience and a smaller, well, footprint, the Naya collection is a step in the right direction.