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Adventures in Shoes with the Eco Friendly and the Fabulous: Coclico Covers All Our Bases

Coclico - Pepper clavel
The Pepper Clavel.

I expect a lot from my shoes; they need to look great (but unique, cool and as creative as the rest of my wardrobe). They must be made extremely well so that they last for years, and they must be comfortable. They should also be made from Earth-friendly materials by a company that gives a crap (sorry to be crude, but there’s not a better way to put it!) for the world they sell their shoes in.

Starre wears the Ndakinna Ebano.

Coclico founder, Sandra Canselier is a fourth-generation shoemaker who understands the value of not only making wearers look fabulous, but also feel good and responsible about the ethical origins of their footwear.

Lindsay wears the Pepper Clavel.

Lindsay and I were graciously invited down to the sweet-but-spare Coclico shoe store on Mott Street in NYC (all done up with sustainable materials, natch) recently and we rocked some of the cute shoes – those shown here are my faves from the Fall/Winter 2012 collection.

Coclico - Ndakinna Ebano
The Ndakinna Ebano.

Coclico’s Eco-Cred:

-Coclico only uses accredited tanneries with an emphasis on vegetable-tanned leathers which yield a unique patina with age.
-Coclico uses recycled cork for internal platforms, recycled foam, veg. leather lining and lead free/nickel free hardware
-Sourced from regional suppliers, close to the production facility in Mallorca, Spain
-Coclico’s factory is noted for providing living wages to its craftspeople, high safety standards, and environmental reliability

Starre Vartan tries on shoes at the Coclico store in SoHo.

275 Mott street
New York, NY 10012

Tel 212 965 5462
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Coclico- Niko Cotto
The Niko Cotto.

Starre wears the Niko Cotto.

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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.