There are so many awesome things I need to get into this review, and I don't even know where to start! There were many reasons why I wanted to feature Planet Shoes on Earth Day. I began my search for an eco-friendly shoe company almost two months ago. Surprisingly there are several out there, but one thing I really liked about Planet Shoes is that they sell several brands of eco-friendly shoes right there on their website. For an eco-newb like me who really has no idea where to even begin when it comes to finding eco-friendly businesses/brands/products, I found this to be a huge help. Planet Shoes lists 44 different brands of shoes in their "eco" section; ranging from Acorn to Wolky. Not surprisingly I hadn't heard of most if not all of them. They also have a list of vegan friendly brands for those of you who prefer that instead. The variety is a huge bonus when I'm shopping online. Because they have such a large variety you are sure to find something in your price range.
What really struck me as an amazing component of Planet Shoes is that they also support sustainability. Planet Shoes has partnered with some really great charities which include Soles4Souls, World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club, Green America, Carbonfund.org, The Conservation Alliance, and 1% For The Planet. You can read more about these charities [HERE]. As a member of Carbonfund.org, Planet Shoes offers customers who live in the continental USA a "carbon free" shipping option. And, because Plant Shoes is in alliance with 1% For The Planet, they have promised to donate at least 1% of their entire year's sales to environmental causes.
For those of you who are a bit more on the frugal side (and who can blame you), Planet Shoes always offers a Daily Deal, as well as FREE shipping on purchases that are $50 or more. They have a men's and women's sale section, or you can shop Planet Outlet. Today (04/22) when you donate $1 to Soles4Souls Planet Shoes will take 15% off of your order! And for those of you who love sweepstakes and giveaways, Planet Shoes offers a weekly shoe Giveaway. Awesome!
I asked Planet Shoes if they would allow for me to review a pair of shoes from one of the eco-friendly brands they sell, and they suggested choosing from brands such as Merrell, Naot, and Chaco. I decided to go with a pair of olive green Merrell Hennas, and we'll get to that part of the review in just a bit, but first I wanted to tell you a little more about Merrell. Merrell is considered an eco-friendly brand for several reasons. The majority of their packing material comes from recycled material; mostly post-consumer, but some pre-consumer materials. Printing on the packaging is done with soy based inks. Their 1 piece box design is completely intentional and meant to reduce material consumption and the use of adhesives. Even their inbound shipping cartons are recycled.
OK, so they recycle their packaging, but what else does Merrell do? Merrell recycled batteries, cell phones, glass and paper. They also sponsor electronic recycling drives, and have made their printing process considerably more efficient with eliminating printed reports and using better and more efficient duplex printers. That great thing, is that this is only part of what Merrell has done to help the planet. You can read even more about it [HERE].
The Merrell Hennas are not eco-friendly themselves, but I really really loved them, and wanted to review a pair of shoes I couldn't live without from a great environmentally conscious company. I have never owned such a well made, comfortable pair of sandals in my life! I can't express how much I love the gladiator look when it comes to shoes, and the braiding just tied everything together. These are not vegan friendly, but I'm not vegan so I really didn't care. I'm glad I went with a size 11 because they fit just right. Lately I've been running into issues with 11's being really big, so I guess that these may run about a .5 size small? Don't take my word for it. I just know that the 11's fit like a dream.
- Cement construction provides lightweight durability
- Full grain leather upper
- Unlined upper for a soft, flexible fit
- Full grain leather wrapped EVA footframe provides cushioning
- Molded nylon arch shank
- Merrell QForm® Comfort midsole provides women’s specific stride-sequenced cushioning
- Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability with an EVA midsole for cushioning
- Merrell Sola Sole / Sticky Rubber
If you're shoe shopping and want to purchase eco-friendly shoes, or even just support an environmentally conscious business, consider PlanetShoes, and Merrell! I couldn't have been happier with my experience, and I pray these shoes last me a long time because they are absolutely my favorite pair of shoes. There was no "breaking in" time, no blisters, just complete comfort! Also, please take the time to find Planet Shoes and Merrell on Facebook. You can also find Planet Shoes and Merrell on Twitter!
*I received this product for free from Planet Shoes in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.