I’m the kind of girl who loves shoes…but not just any shoes. When is comes to what I wear on my feet, I am a total snob. Not a brand snob, but more of a practical snob. Is it too much to ask for a beautiful, fashionable shoe that is also comfortable? I refuse to think so. Plus, I live to inspire an eco-friendly lifestyle, so lately, I’ve been looking for even more in a shoe. I want it all: style, comfort and sustainability. It is all too common for me to try on a shoe that I love the looks of and then become so disappointed even with the first step. My question has always been: “has this shoe ever been tested for wearability and how could anyone ever find this comfortable?”
As the summer has just come to an end, my feet have become accustomed to prancing around barefoot most of the time with short stints in either flips flops when I’m on my way to the beach or cute and comfy wedges for nights out. So as the nights are getting cooler and I begin to switch things up, my feet are totally bummed out. My toes don’t always love their transition from freedom to being stuffed into a shoe with little wiggle room.
This year, my new fall shoe is Naya’s Irina eco-friendly clog. These shoes are completely rocking my world. They absolutely pass my shoe snobbery test. First of all, they are beautiful. Naya’s whole collection is filled with rich colors and beautiful feminine details. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite. It’s always the look that first draws me in and then the excitement, wondering, “could this possibly be comfortable as well?” With Naya’s clog, the answer is an enthusiastic “YES”! Even when my feet are still getting used to the idea of closed toe shoes, these clogs have plenty of toe wiggle room. Not in a big shoe sort of way, just in a “these shoes were made for wearing and not just sitting pretty on a shelf” kind of way. They boast a beautiful 3” heel with a 1” platform. I love adding height (I’m only 5’2”) and these clogs give it to me while still allowing me to walk around in comfort. They are super soft, ultra cushioned and truly made for a girl like me. Irina is available in tan (like I have!), black, navy and taupe. All colors are very versatile and creatively decorated with a contrasting leather “kimono knot” strap and shiny, nickel-free studs. I’m wearing the Irina clog in a size 7 and they fit my foot perfectly. I’m normally a 6.5, so keep this in mind when ordering if you are on the fence about sizing. Oh, and just in case you haven’t heard—clogs are totally in this season.
If all that doesn’t convince you, it’s even better to know that Naya shoes are eco-friendly! They are made from recycled & biodegradable materials, eco-friendly cork & bass wood and super soft, vegetable tanned leather and suede. Even the box is 80% recycled, printed with soy ink and set with water-based glue. Also, as every classy shoe company should, Naya includes reusable shoe bags and forms made from recycled materials.
It’s about time we ladies were given a shoe brand that truly has it all. I am so excited to have found Naya and I can’t wait to try another pair…perhaps the Breeze ankle boot with its gorgeous origami rose or the Fauna flats with a super stylish ankle cuff. Those are going right on my wish list!
Natalia is the chef/owner of Glowing Temple, a raw and living foods inspiration, creation and education service based in Sarasota, Florida. She’s the author of Pure Pleasures: Luscious Live Food Recipes from the Glowing Temple Kitchen. Natalia strives to create recipes focusing on local and seasonal ingredients and never compromises when it comes to organics. She wishes to share the joy she has discovered through a clean, green diet. Recently, Natalia created an organic live & vegan menu for Mi Pueblo’s University location. Find her on Twitter @NataliaKW and Facebook.