Stylee green shoes for under $30? Payless Zoe & Zac w/ Summer Rayne Oakes.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 20, 2009
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payless zoe zac green summer rayne oakes

We’ve reported on Summer Rayne Oakes‘ partnership with Payless on their eco, green Zoe & Zac line. Click here for video. I’m not sure what the Zac stands for, as there aren’t any mens shoes, but hey—this represents a seminal change in the green conversation—folks can no longer say, ah, love the Mother Earth thing, but that stuff is too expensive, it’s just for yuppies. This entire line is below $30. Must be made in China, or something similar, at prices like that? Well, I’ll give ’em the benefit of doubt, until I know otherwise…Summer Rayne Oakes, the Famous Princess of Ecofashion, always does her best to make sure that social and fair-labor issues are part of the green conversation.

But how are they green, you ask? Funny, Payless just happens to have a button you can click on titled How We’re Green. Click it, you get this:

green payless summer rayne oakes

More options via green giant Ideal Bite: 

Want eco-stilettos that’ll bring the noise?

The Bite
Then listen here: We’ve got sustainable heels (made from fabrics such as scrap wood) that scream out style.

  • Stylish harmony with your wardrobe. These looks are ready to rock the runway…less so the commune.
  • Sound investments for the planet. Compared to eco-fabrics like organic cotton, new leather takes tons more water (about 4,400 gallons for a pair of shoes) and energy to produce; most of our options are leather-free.
  • Hearing the words “PVC-free vegan.” Many vegan shoes contain the carcinogenic plastic PVC. Not these.

Personally Speaking
Always a creature of comfort, 
Heather takes off her heels whenever she can – and on several New Year’s Eves ended the night picking glass out of her feet after walking home barefoot.

  • Form & Fauna Cleopatra – Greek-inspired t-strap wedge in gold and white, or black; made with organic cotton and scrap wood. Find a store ($250).
  • Charmoné Bellini – flashy gold-and-black-print, peep-toe heels, made from PVC-free faux leather ($199).
  • Olsen Haus Grace – vegan, non-PVC, faux-suede stilettos with a paint-splatter design; in black, pink, or red ($175).
  • Mohop High Cherry Wedge Platform Sandal – innovative design that lets you choose from different colored ribbons for laces, with sustainably sourced, solid-cherry heels; recycled-rubber soles; and nylon (read: plastic that’s less toxic than PVC), faux-leather footbeds ($148).
  • Watch for Payless’s new eco line (everything’s under $30), launching around Earth Day (Apr. 22).

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Stylee green shoes for under $30? Payless Zoe & Zac w/ Summer Rayne Oakes.”

  1. Anna says:

    Zac is a cute girls name- duh!! ; )

  2. Via Anna Griffin:… Payless' green line was on NPR this morn, with mention of Anna's Coco Eco magazine.

  3. ACFRI says:

    Summer stalker

  4. Guilty as charged, ACFRI. Anyone as lovely in and out, working butt off to change world (and having good time doing so)…elephant journal is there to cover 'em! Our lady writers have been accused of such on Graham Hill, Michael Franti…we just can't help ourselves, we're suckers for good, hot people doing good, urgent service.