Naya Shoes "Nalani" from the Flower Power Collection
Global — What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with an eco chic pair of shoes. I recently attended the spring 2012 launch of Naya Shoes at Nordstrom in San Franicisco. The well crafted shoes are fashioned from natural and recycled materials including cork and straw in a lovely color palette running the gamut from earthy hues like rustic brown and taupe to vibrant shades in yellow and blue.
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The spring 2012 launch event started in the Nordstrom Café Bistro and moved into the shoe department, where Naya exhibited their collection, featuring a cornucopia of styles from wedges to gladiators. Two styles, among a sea of lovely shoes, caught my eye; the "Eternal" wedge from the "Color My World" Collection and the "Palomi" gladiator sandals from the "Twist and Shout" collection. With the summer months coming soon, I thought about the lovely manis and pedis I would get and opted for the "Palomi" gladiator, which I have worn every day since — it's like walking barefoot!
Not only are Naya Shoes aesthetically appealing they leave a softer print on the environment as well, with styles made with vegetable-tanned leather uppers and linings, footbeds constructed with cork, and even the packaging is environmentally friendly. The shoe boxes are 80% recycled paper pulp with soy-based inks and water-based glue.
If you want a chic shoe that's eco-friendly, I definitely suggest snagging a pair of Naya Shoes – your feet will adore you!
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Naya Shoes' Charity/Eco Initiatives:
Renew Your Soles, Naya's nationwide shoe donation and recycling initiative: We've partnered with Shoes.com and Soles4Souls to allow consumers to mail in their unwanted shoes and donate a pair of gently worn shoes and receive $20 off an $80 purchase of a new pair.
Plant-It 2020: To celebrate Earth Day 2012, Naya is partnering with Nordstrom by planting 5,000 in support of Plant-It 2020, a national non-profit organization fondued by John Denver. The companies will plant a tree for every pair of Naya shoes purchase at Nordstrom or on Nordstrom.com from March 30 to Earth Day on April 22! Naya will mark it's two-year anniversary with the tree planting campaign on Earth Day. By the completion of this year, the Naya brand will have planted a total of 15,000 trees with Plant-It 2020.
The Chic Spy