Choose Earth-Friendly Shoes for Back to School

by Chrystal Johnson on August 8, 2013

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PlanetShoes-logoI like to make eco-friendly purchasing decisions whenever possible. However, one area where we hadn’t taken that step before was with our shoes.

Since both of the girls had just grown and needed new shoes, I was excited to team up with to review a pair of shoes for each of them. offers a huge variety of shoes for men, women and kids and they even have an Eco Shop.

Zoë chose the Keen Network H2 in Raya Lilac Sachet and Kaylee chose the Geox Jr New Jocker in Pink.

Kaylee is easy to shop for when it comes to shoes. She loves shoes. She likes to change her shoes a few times a day because she loves them so much.

Fall will be here before we know it though, and I’ll need to get her back into closed toe shoes because she’s been rocking sandals and flips all summer.

So, I had her look through the tennis shoes and she loved the Geox Jr New Jocker in Pink, so we went with those.

geox-shoesThey look super cute on her and she is in love with the lights on the side of them. She has been wearing them around in her little dresses – super cute!

Zoë is a little more of a challenge when it comes to shoes. They have to fit just right or she won’t wear them. We spent quite a bit of time looking at shoes before she settled on a pair she thought she’d like – the Keen Network H2 shoes.


The first pair of Keen Network H2 shoes we received were a little too tight on her. Thank goodness for the awesome return policy that offers!

They just sent me a shipping label to return that pair. Then we ordered the next size up and they were shipped out promptly. Their policy is convenient and re-assuring when you have a little one that’s tough to shop for.

After walking around in them for a bit, she decided that she did, in fact, like this pair. Whew. She said they’ll be perfect for playing outside at her new school. And I think she’s absolutely right!

If you’re looking for a great selection eco-friendly shoes for back to school, be sure to check out

Upcoming Giveaway

One reader will win their choice of a pair of Keen or Geox shoes during the Green Your School Year Giveaway Hop, which begins on August 13. Be sure to come back and enter then. In the meantime, leave a comment below to show them you’re excited about the giveaway!



About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natasha Rodriguez August 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

Love how awesome they are about returns! Also like the Eco shop!


2 meegan whitford August 13, 2013 at 8:20 am

really like all the colors prints and style of these shoes


3 Sarah C August 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

We have never gone into the green shoes arena, but these shoes sound great!


4 chelsea August 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

I love Keene! Their so cute and I love that they’re planet friendly too :)


5 nikki robak August 13, 2013 at 9:29 am

sounds like they have a great return policy


6 Vanessa August 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

I really love the Keen Coronado Lace Kids!! And I love great return policies. :)


7 Christina Graham August 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I never realized that Eco-friendly shoes could be sooo cute!


8 Georgia Beckman August 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I had NO IDEA that eco friendly shoes were available! I have just started “going green” over the last few months. I’m excited to be able to have these as an option when purchasing for my grandchildren.


9 Ashley Suzanne August 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Green, eco friendly shoes make me happy!
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10 Sacha Schroeder August 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

These are so stylish! My daughter would love these. Thanks for the info on the return policy. I am always afraid to buy shoes online.


11 Amanda E. August 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I would love to win a pair of these, because they are a bit out of my price range, otherwise to be honest.


12 natalie parvis
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August 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

I love these. They look like shoes my neice would love.


13 Amanda Alvarado August 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I love! Where else can you find planet friendly shoes all in one spot!? I love their selection.


14 Heather McCormick August 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I never thought you could find eco friendly shoes that are this cute!!


15 Julie August 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

My girls absolutely love shoes too! Well, all except the baby. Her little baby feet are a bit chubby for shoes. With the influence of her three older sisters though, I’m sure she’ll start loving them once she can fit comfortably into them… wait, now that I think about it she already does love shoes! We’re constantly taking them away from her as she goes around the house trying to chew on everyone else’s


16 Jennifer August 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

So cute. Thank you for this opportunity!


17 Gail Williams August 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I like the navy version of the Keen shoe in a toddler size! Very practical.


18 Allyson Bossie August 23, 2013 at 8:50 am

usually eco friendly shoes look less sturdy, and are usually cloth. I really like the looks of these shoes
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19 icefairy August 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm

These shoes are pretty! I love the Keen Network H2 style.
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