Walk in OMBU Shoes and Reforest Our Planet

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I’d wager that you never thought you could purchase a pair of shoes while helping with the world’s reforestation efforts. But it’s true. We now live in an age where more and more consumers recognize the merits of products made responsibly. OMBU is a fresh, young company intent on providing a product that you can feel proud of, with each and every stride.

OMBU shoes is committed to giving back to the planet and helping their customers do the same. The company provides a tree seed with every purchase of their shoes and also plants a tree on the customer’s behalf for one of the Trees for the Future Foundation Projects. To date, the eco-conscious shoe brand has planted thousands of trees around the globe!

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But back to the shoes. The Miami-based company gave a traditional Argentinian shoe called “Alpargatas” a complete makeover. OMBU transformed the ugly duckling into a sexy, irresistible flat. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and shopping their site is like walking through Dylan’s Candy Bar. The shoes look so delicious and enticing, you’ll want everything you see in your size.

And with prices between $35 and $45, you can indulge in a pair or two, guilt-free. Their sequins pattern are perfect for a night on the town while the polka dots and checkers are a bit more playful for day. If you’re feeling bold, go with their camoflouge pattern. And the classic solid will go with everything, I promise. Whichever OMBU shoes you decide on, rest assured they’ll be delivered right to your door in recycled fabric bags rather than wasteful boxes.

Since flats are a closet staple, why not purchase your next pair from a company that will be kind to your feet and Mother Earth? They have a men’s catalog too, so you and your man can help reforest our planet, fashionably.

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About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the world's first sustainable living site for women. She created the long-running interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she was awarded CBS Corporation’s Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel. Lindsay has been featured as an ethical fashion and beauty expert on Z Living and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their community. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


  1. As the owner of an organic lifestyle boutique, these shoes and the mission caught my eye! I tried to work with Tom’s when I first opened my store which will be the first LEED certified retail store in Houston, Texas. They said the area was “saturated” and declined my wholesale application. I will definitely be contacting this company to be part of my “save the planet” business!

  2. I love this idea! Ecofriendly fashion is a great way to help the Earth in your own way– and show how you did it by wearing the shoes.

  3. Neat!
    I love the fact that more products like this are available on the market, and don’t look completely out-dated like most “eco” wearables do 🙂
    Definitely going to have to check out the website!

  4. http://www.shoeseer.com says:

    Cute shoes but more important than that is the reforestation efforts. The more attention we pay to our forests the better.

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