Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS

Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS Environmentally Friendly Travel Shoes

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I stumbled upon Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS two years ago during my search for an environmentally-friendly alternative to my beloved Vans tennis shoes. I wanted shoes that were more durable than the Vans, but as attractive.

I was even willing to sacrifice the awesome velcro, but only for the right eco-friendly shoe. Then I saw it: the Simple Satire, a member of Simple’s ecoSNEAKs line. These are also recommended for Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Green Traveler

Features of Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS

Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS
Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS
  • Certified organic cotton uppers with recycled PET laces
  • Vegan shoe! No animal byproducts or even regular animal products
  • Certified organic cotton linings
  • The “pedbed” (the cushiony and supportive stuff at the bottom of the shoe) is made of super soft and squishy polyurethane and recycled car tire
  • Partially recycled shoe – the bottom of this shoe is made from a recycled car tire
  • The foot form inserts are made of post consumer recycled paper
  • Even the boxes are environmentally friendly – made of post-consumer recycled paper, soy based printing ink, natural latex and starch based glue

I quickly ordered the black hemp version (they also come in leather, silk, and suede) and eagerly awaited their arrival. I ordered black because, of course, I wanted something I could wear with almost anything. If I bought another pair, I would look at other varieties as well.

I was happy when I opened the box: the shoes were cute and looked durable. I slipped them on and promptly wore them as I walked the monuments in Washington, DC. The 5+ mile walk was quite the initial test, but I wasn’t as excited as I wanted to be.

I wanted to love them. I wanted them to be my go-everywhere, perfect travel shoe. But I found them less comfortable than I hoped; specifically, the sole didn’t have enough cushion.

It almost felt like I was wearing flip flops — the ball of my foot had virtually no support. And my arches were completely unsupported. I hope Simple has improved the “pedbed” in newer editions of the shoes.

The Pros and Cons of Simple ecoSNEAKS

In summary, the pros:

  • Very eco-friendly — where else can you get a shoe made with recycled tires
  • Cute
  • Can dress them up or down
  • Comfortable except for the sole
  • Durable

The cons:

  • Lacking arch support – my Vans lacked arched support so I was expecting this and also okay with it.
  • Not enough padding in pedbed
  • Since they’re made with old tires, they’re a bit heavy for travel

Would I recommend the Simple Women’s Satire?

Yes, I would — for everyday wear. If you’re walking more than a couple miles, I’d stick with traditional tennis shoes. I also wouldn’t recommend them as being your sole (no pun intended) travel shoe, since they’re a bit heavy and not as comfortable as other travel shoes I’ve tried. For that, I’d recommend a more supportive hiking boot.

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But these are cute and while I’m not one to follow the trends, they are trendy. The Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS are a fun addition to any wardrobe.

1 thought on “Simple Satire ecoSNEAKS Environmentally Friendly Travel Shoes”

  1. I LOVE my ecoSNEAKS! I got them at Ross inexpensively. But you’re right — the foot padding leaves something to be desired. Actually mine came out. I’ve been thinking I need to buy some close-toed casual shoes…perhaps it’s time to get some more ecoSNEAKS.

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