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Sporty Casual Look in Patagonia Maha Breathe Flats

Enjoy cool comfort in the casual Patagonia Maha Breathe. This women’s flat features a breathable mesh and nubuck leather upper with a partially recycled EVA footbed that molds to the contours of your foot. Air Cushion Plus absorbs shock. The recycled insole lends cushioning. The rubber sole of this Patagonia flat enhances traction and durability. Get your sporty casual fix with the Patagonia Maha Breathe!

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Patagonia footwear environmentally friendly construction

Patagonia brings casual shoes to a new level of environmentally friendly construction. You can find a large selection of Patagonia  footwear at www.planetshoes.com. One of the highlighted shoes on the Planet Shoe website is the Patagonia Cedar.  This men’s lace-up shoe features all-leather uppers that are stitched to 70% natural latex to eliminate the need for harmful glue. This Patagonia shoe even use laces made from scrap leather, so no material goes to waste. A wide toe box makes these casual kicks ultra-comfortable for long days of traveling, and they pack small to fit in your luggage when sandal time comes. Comfort, cushion, and style, the Patagonia Cedar has it all!

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Patagonia Hog Tie footwear

It’s not too late to embark on weekend – or weekday, should you be so lucky-  walking adventures in the woods! The Patagonia Hog Tie men’s sneaker, available at planetshoes.com, is weatherproof and durable, with an abrasion-resistant full grain leather upper.  It also has a mesh lining that wicks away moisture and a Vibram Trail Outsole for traction.    Happy trails!

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My Review of the Patagonia Bandha Strap Sandal!

Patagonia Bandha StrapPatagonia is seriously such a cool brand. Their efforts to green their business practices is truly admirable, and I love that that has found its way into their shoes through recycled and organic content! Eco-friendly shoes are so in, a great conversation starter and good for the earth… what’s not to love?

However, I’m more of a fashionista than an outdoors-woman, so I don’t often find occasions to wear Patagonia shoes since I’m typically not looking for performance and outdoor footwear, two categories in which Patagonia footwear excels.

But then Patagonia shoes came out with its Bandha line of sandals. These fashion forward sandals have all the great things about Patagonia – high quality construction, eco-friendly materials and durability – as well as some serious style punch! I had to get a pair.

I chose the Patagonia Bandha Strap in brown. Ankle straps are huge this season and I was super psyched to get a pair that was not only extremely elegant but also eco-concious. The Bandha Strap has a 20% recycled EVA footbed, which I love to add when I get compliments on these sandals!

Patagonia Bandha StrapMy love for my Patagonia Bandha Straps was cemented on a recent trip I took to California. They were the perfect travel shoe – chic enough for Rodeo Drive, yet functional enough for walks along the canals and shops of Venice Beach. Patagonia’s mantra of exploration can definitely be felt in this shoe that’s great for walking and light enough to stow in my carry-on.

What I appreciate most about these Patagonia sandals is that they look fab but also feel great. The footbed features heel cushioning technology and pods of foam in all the right places, so that my foot gets the shock absorption it needs where it needs it. There is also a bit of arch support so I can wear them for a whole day without fatigue!

Patagonia Bandha Strap in action!The leather upper is beautiful and features a neat, chic contrast stitching design on the heel. The ankle strap is delicate and feminine, and I love the unique yet simple metal hardware closures to keep my foot secure. The Italian-made leather outsole features a beautiful design featuring a little bird drawing. Though this is not immediately obvious, it’s a lovely detail that makes me smile. The Patagonia Bandha Strap manages to be at once stylish yet no fuss, a great sandal for a busy summer day without looking messy!

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Patagonia Shoes, and their not so literal footprint.

patagonia footwearI really like Patagonia. I have for years – but recently I’ve really gotten into their shoes. I choose Patagonia footwear because I not only like how they look and feel, but also what their company stands for. They are working double time to become more sustainable and responsible with natural resources. One of the things I really like is how open they are about the footprint of their existing products. When a company has done analysis like they have and then actually share the information, I admit it, I want to be loyal to them because I can trust they are doing the right thing.

I was on their website the other day and I found this amazing informational resource, their Footprint Chronicles. They take items that they manufacture and sell and they identify the environmental impact of the production and the shipping on the earth. They give you the good news and the bad news and where they are on their journey towards becoming more eco friendly. They have thus far mostly focused on Patagonia apparel, which – hey – also awesome, but we don’t sell it so I’ll just focus on Patagonia shoes!

Men's Patagonia HoneydewThe only shoe they feature in their Footprint Chronicles is the Men’s Patagonia Honeydew. This is a really funky and good looking men’s leather slip on shoe. It has all the features you want in a great shoe, from the molded EVA footbed and midsole that is supportive and also removable to make the way for custom orthotics. The pigskin leather is durable and great looking, the contrast stitching elevates the styling and the vegetable based laces that offer a snug, custom fit are eco friendly and sustainable. This is a great shoe for all seasons and because it’s from Patagonia you know it will feel great, look great and last a long time.

So I’m exploring the Footprint Chronicles and I’m really blown away by some of the data!

1. Parts of the shoe are made from 70% natural latex, the construction of the shoe has reduced the need for environmentally unfriendly glues and adhesives and the leather used in the shoe is produced by a tannery that uses US standards of water treatment to reduce the harmful impact leather tanning can have on the earth.

2. Patagonia totally owns the fact that footwear packaging is wasteful, they the process of extracting natural latex might be harmful to the environment and that any solvents used can be dangerous to workers.

3. They tell us how much energy was used to create the shoe (21 kWh), the distance the shoe travels (19,515 miles including material travel), how many pounds of CO2 emissions were generated (49 lbs) and that the shoes generate approximately 7 oz of waste material.

So not all of this is good news. But what I love is that Patagonia is owning it’s impact – which is the first step in truly reducing it. This is a company who is going in the right direction, the right way and for the right reasons.

Love it! (and Patagonia shoes).

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