Help Me Choose Hiking Boots!

I am trying to become An Outdoorsy Mom. Now in reality, I am an Indoors-Only, Book-Reading Mom. But I have two beautiful kids who need adventures, and someday I am going to take them camping.


I’m starting with baby steps. I got a nice sleeping bag after my friend Ashton informed me that my old sleeping bag from the 1980s probably would not keep me comfortable and warm for an entire night in the outdoors.

My next step? Hiking boots! Now, let’s be honest here. For me, hiking boots fit in the “want” category. My athletic shoes probably work just fine for my tiny trail excursions. But hiking boots are cute! And rugged! And….I have a slight boot addiction.

SO if I decide to buy fairly unnecessary hiking boots, let’s make sure they are relatively ethical, shall we? Here are some of my current considerations.

These are Mamahuhus. Aren’t they cute? While not specifically made as hiking boots, these shoes have a rugged sole that just might work for adventure. One Mamahuhu employee told me he wears his Nevaditas to go hiking, so I’m guessing these will work for Tennessee hills. Mamahuhu provides microloans to allow master shoe artisans in Colombia to set up their own workshops, then provides each workshop a steady stream of business. $128 (special sale pricing)

 

These are ULTRA Mamahuhus. Specifically, Nevaditas Ultra Winter. They’re lined with soft cotton for extra warmth and comfort, and waxed leather gives them added water resistance. I love the extra height of this style, but I don’t know how comfortable it would be for hiking. $139 (special sale pricing)

I also love these cruelty-free Dock Boots from Will’s Vegan Shoes. These gorgeous boots are made ethically in Portugal from vegan materials. The website claims that that the upper portion of the shoe does not stain or mark, a tantalizing feature indeed. The shoes are breathable but water-resistant. $104

 

 

These made-in-the-USA shoes from Danner are considered by many to be the pinnacle of hiking footwear (at least according to REI’s website), but the high price tag and lack of cuteness means these shoes probably aren’t a good style for a casual hiker like me. $360

Honorable mention goes to Pozu. I love that they use sustainable materials like organic cotton and chromium-free leather in their low-waste factories. I don’t think this boot is made for hiking, but let’s face it — I want an excuse to wear boots like just like Rey’s from The Force Awakens. $117 (special sale pricing)

Do you have a favorite pick? Or do you have actual hiking experience that might help this indoor introvert?

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Love Justly Favorites

I received a product from Love Justly for review. All opinions are my own, and no other compensation was received.

Last week I shared a bit about Love Justly and how they are making sustainable fashion more affordable. Today I’m excited to share some of my favorite picks from their current collection.

Teshi Trousers from MadeFair — These classic cropped trousers are made from bamboo and created by sustainable London brand Komodo. Pair these with a Breton-stripe shirt and black flats for a chic Parisian look. $48.

Suede Loafers from Sseko — Crafted in Ethiopia, these beautiful loafers are made in an Ethiopian-owned factory from locally sourced materials. The Sseko brand seeks to provide economic opportunities and financial support for higher education in their partner communities. $63.

Arielle Tee from Elegantees — This graceful twist-front shirt is handmade by female artisans in Nepal who have escaped human trafficking. Pair this versatile, easy-to-wash top with slacks for a sleek look at work. $25.

 

V Earrings from VK Designs — These edgy, sterling silver earrings are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon using fairmined silver from Peru. An easy way to add statement to a classic outfit. $55.

 

 

Hem Cuff Shorts from Liz Alig — Amp up your warm-weather style with the gorgeous texture of these shorts. These beautiful, woven designs are handmade at a women’s cooperative in Guatemala that provides employment and economic opportunities to local families. $40.

Kimono Dress from Symbology — This bold wrap dress from Symbology is hand-printed by female artisans in India. Pair it with heels for a night out or sandals for a breezy resort look. $72.

 

Looking for more outfits? A few of my other favorites include the Lily Paige boots, the Liz Alig woven dress, and the MadeFair infinity scarf. And remember to sign up for the Love Justly mailing list to hear about their newest styles!

 

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Bargain Hunter Alert: Ethical Outlet Love Justly

I received a dress from Love Justly in exchange for a brand review. All opinions are my own. This post also includes referral links to support this site. 

Dress: Symbology via Love Justly | Jeans: Hudson USA via Nordstrom Rack | Boots: Justin Boots | Earrings: Noonday Collection | Necklace: Noonday Collection | Cuff: Branded Collective

When I talk with friends about sustainable fashion options, cost is an issue that comes up again and again. I love supporting fair fashion brands by purchasing items at full price, but that’s not always an option with my budget.

I come from a long line of bargain hunters and was raised with a healthy appreciation of outlet malls and discount sales. Shopping ethically has meant letting go of how much I can buy for how little, focusing instead on quality and manufacturing techniques.

But can I have it both ways? Can my passion for ethical style allow room for a good sale? Ethical outlet site Love Justly says yes! Love Justly has combined a commitment to ethical fashion with bargain-shopping fun to make sustainable clothing more accessible for everyone.

I have long been an admirer of Symbology Clothing’s beautiful tunics and dresses, but their styles usually fall a bit beyond what I can spend. With Love Justly, I can find Symbology’s beautiful styles from past seasons at half price.

Love Justly makes fair fashion more affordable for budget-conscious shoppers, but their business model also benefits the brands they carry. While sustainable companies have fewer seasons than fast fashion, they occasionally need to clear out old inventory as they bring in the new. Love Justly provides a home for that inventory, taking it straight to consumers at discounted prices.

Shopping at Love Justly is like finding your favorite discount rack without the crowds. Pieces are available in limited quantities and sizes, but new inventory is constantly rotated through the site as more items are added.

One of my favorite things about the Love Justly dress I’m wearing here is the versatility. When I add an item to my closet, I need it to be a workhorse I can wear in several ways. I love this dress as a casual piece with jeans or leggings, but it also makes a wonderful date night dress when I add a belt and sandals.

I’m excited about Love Justly’s mission as they prolong the life of these beautiful, fairly made pieces. With brands such as Sseko, Ten Thousand Villages, Elegantees, and Passion Lillie, Love Justly offers a variety of products and styles that is expanding each month.

Check out Love Justly’s offerings and sign up for their email list to see how you can add beautiful, affordable, ethically made fashion to your closet. Shop responsibly, friends!

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