One of our secrets for getting through the colder months with style is streamlined footwear: You want at least one pair of shoes that are sleek, classic, relatively weather-proof, comfortable and versatile. Especially as socializing picks up, offices start to open and travel becomes more commonplace, that perfect, no-brainer pair is crucial. Our recommendation? A pair of black leather low-top sneakers by the environmentally and socially responsible brand Moral Code.
Beyond being handcrafted with leather padded footbeds and rubber outsoles for comfort and durability, they're also manufactured via ethical production practices. The brand's family-owned factories are SA-8000® certified, meaning they're held to a standard of fair wages and safe working conditions. (The brand even provides free onsite childcare for all craftsmen and women.) The leather is tanned using the Olivenleder® method, which replaces usual harsh, polluting tanning methods with olive tree leaves. The brand has also achieved 90% water reusability through its unique tanning & production processes.
You can't do much better in terms of quality, sustainability and price point — they're under $150. Now, to style them. Read on for some ideas on how to take this wardrobe staple from the office, to a night out, to a long day of travel and beyond.
First day back at the office
Going back to the office after a year-plus working from home may feel daunting. Ease the transition with an outfit made of easy, comfortable wardrobe staples that — when assembled — look chic and put-together.
Dinner at a cool new restaurant
You've had a reservation for a month at a hot new restaurant and can't wait to sit down with friends and order a dirty martini. But, it just rained and heels feel like a bad idea. Pair the Kadys with fitted separates in luxe materials, gold jewelry and a little statement handbag.
Heading home for the holidays
Make the dream of a chic-yet-comfortable airplane outfit a reality with the Kady as your foundation. Invest in a cashmere lounge set, a long coat that feels like a fashion-y sleeping bag and a roomy leather tote and you're good to go.
Shop a few more responsibly-made accessories from Moral Code in the gallery below.