Life

How I repaired my Melissa shoes by Miska Mandic

Being a vegetarian / vegan who also happens to be an environmentalist can sometimes make it hard to find shoes. Especially when you throw in a personal sense of style. Often vegan shoes and wallets are made of cheap and badly made faux leather which isn't biodegradable, falls apart quickly and goes to landfill; on the other hand, the long lasting, repairable and well wearing shoes are made from leather which poses quite a conundrum to vegetarian environmentalists like myself!

This is why I love my Melissas. They're sturdy, not tested on animals, made of a non toxic rubber and are entirely recyclable at the end of their life. I have pairs of Melissas that I've worn for over 5 years and I've never thrown out a pair yet. I was so upset when recently after 3 and 4 years of heavy wear two of my Melissa sandals tore at the strap. So here I am with two pairs of beloved shoes, unwearable because of torn straps, but otherwise in tip top shape.

Read More