These Shoes Are Made for Walking

Biodegradable shoes that look good and feel good

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

On Mondays we bring you all things green. Today’s local find takes us to deedee & edee of Forest Park for a pair of shoes that you can run errands in, keep up with the kids in, and take a stroll anytime of the day or night in. They look good on you, and they’re good for Mother Earth.

Last summer I found a hole the size of a quarter in the sole of my shoe.

“How did you not know that there was a hole in your shoe?” a friend asked.

“I’m busy walking,” I replied, still shocked, looking at her through the Swiss cheese that was once the bottom of my shoe.

It brought back the memory of a student, years prior, who looked at my shoe quizzically, head cocked, and said sympathetially, “I think it’s about time for a new pair of shoes.”

I had inspected the dent in the toe of my shoe at the time. O.k, it was akin to a hole. Alright, it was a hole, but a small one.

I’m anything but graceful; tripping is a pastime of mine. I’d only had the aforementioned pair of shoes for a few months when I stumbled and lost a scuffle with a sidewalk - a bit of my shoe as well.

The truth is, I was spending my money on inexpensive shoes; hence, I found myself having to replace them in record time again and again.

It was then that the clouds began to clear for me.  

I’m not the kind of person that goes gaga over footwear. Clothes (and chocolate) are my vice, but I do understand the value of money.

After seeking out a high-quality shoe, I was surprised to find out that many shoes are actually made to withstand the test of time, the wear and tear, the lack of grace (and they look good, too!).

I now consider shoes an investment.

Recently, while looking for a pair of walking shoes, I found an earth-friendly pair at a price you will appreciate. A gray canvas sneaker with a stripe of neon pink speeding around the rubber sole caught my eye.  

You'll find these, and many made-to-walk-in, well-priced, and handsome shoes for all occasions at deedee & edee.

deedee & edee of Forest Park (7415 W. Madison Street) carries Simple Shoes, a line of sustainable footwear that is stylish, eco-friendly and built for any weather. Simple Shoes utilizes waterproof, eco-certified textiles.  

The comfortable and durable shoes come in different colors and are reasonably priced.

Even the laces are green, made with recycled PET grosgrain ribbon laces (that’s recycled soda bottles!). The uppers are made of certified organic cotton, with a certified organic cotton lining and an outsole made of recycled car tires.

From our Friends at Simple Shoes, A Nice Little Shoe Company:

Simple incorporates biodegradable outsoles and midsoles that are manufactured using EcoPure, an organic compound that eats away at the bonds that hold natural and recycled rubber, plastic and EVA together. This allows the midsoles and outsoles of the styles, when exposed to the moisture and heat typical of landfills, to biodegrade in 20 years as opposed to the industry average of 1,000 years.

Some of the footwear features removable insoles made of EVA rubber with EcoPure and latex foam for comfort, while the outsoles are made with recycled car tires and the sidewalls with vulcanized rubber. 

I'm happy to have stumbled upon a pair of shoes that look great and are designed for a brighter, greener future.

For prices and store hours call or visit Stop back next Monday for another local green find or eco-friendly shop. Until then, I’ll see you around town and in the shops!

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