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Lovely Vegan Ahnu Yoga Shoes: How I Wear Eco Fashion

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Super lightweight shoes are a growing category. Many of them are, unfortunately, made to be practically disposable (wasteful of resources as well as your hard-earned cash). And they are often quite….well, ugly. If you are looking for something more foot-covering than a flip-flop, but lighter than a sneaker, you have flat-insoled ballet slippers and—I can’t really think of anything else.

Enter Ahnu’s Yoga shoes. Very flexible, with a very basic (but still lightly supportive) microsuede-covered footbed, a pretty textile exterior and sweet little straps across the bridge of the foot, they are perfect casual shoes with a multitude of uses. I like the gentle elastic across the back heel, and the low-but-still covered front.

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I wore them for a couple-hour impromptu hike (see image above paired with my Pendleton skirt), and they were comfortable, and I did yoga in the meadow outside my house in the Oregon mountains, and they were thin enough so that I could still feel the ground, but protective at the same time.

Because they are so light, they are also idea for travel—they pack flat, take up as much room as a thick pair of socks and are great for warm climates.

Made in the USA, the shoes are totally vegan and so far I have worn them quite a bit—even out to dinner…and they’re holding up beautifully, proving they are well made.

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Above: In the midst of a sun salutation!

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.