etsy-shoes.jpgYou couldn't find shoes with a smaller carbon footprint than these beautifully sewn, hemp and cotton ballet flats from small-run Etsy seller The Generation. Tread lightly in a natural pair like these ones pictured above, or browse for more colourful styles, including pumps and sandals in lime green, pink or red.

These would make great slippers for padding about the house, and are a much more elegant alternative to some of the fluffy monstrosities we tend to find in high street stores. It's inspiring to see how much care an attention has gone into making each pair of the shoes, with their pretty linings and attention to detail: each one has more than 25 layers of sustainable cotton fabrics, securely stitched with hemp threads instead of chemical adhesives.

$58 on Etsy