Autonomie Project Ethletic Low-Top Sneakers


Pros: fair trade, made with sustainable materials

Cons: a new pair squeaks a little when you walk, the shoe laces are kind of short

I got a pair of Autonomie Ethletic sneakers for Christmas.  After wearing Converse for a while...I decided to give it up given they're owned by Nike now and as much as I can, I like to walk the sustainable walk, including footwear.  The Ethletic sneakers are great shoes.  They've been nice and sturdy so far and comfortable.  They look really similar to the Converse style (mine are black and white and don't look a whole lot different from my b&w Converse) but they're fair trade and made with sustainable materials. 


There's not a ton of arch support, but there's not much in Converse sneakers either, so no loss there.  And if you need arch support, I'd say just go a size bigger and put one in.  The only other cons are that they squeak a little when they're new (but did my Converse...I think it's just a factor of having rubber soled shoes).  And the shoelaces are a bit short, but that's easily solved. 


I haven't compared it to my old, falling apart Convese, but I do feel like perhaps my Ethletics are a little tighter on top.  By that, I mean the closure where the shoelaces are doesn't come together as much (more of the tongue shows and the shoelaced bit is wider).  Honestly, that doesn't matter much, it's just a slightly different design than the Converse and makes the shoelaces (which might be the same length as normal shoelaces) feel shorter.


All in all, I'd highly recommend them for any sneaker wearer looking for a fair trade, sustainable alternative.

Autonomie Project Ethletic Low-Top Sneakers

Army style low-top sneaker made with 100% Fair Trade-certified organic cotton canvas upper and tough rubber sole. The sole is produced and stamped with FSC-certified all natural and sustainable latex. That means the rubber was actually tapped from a tree in a well managed and growing forest instead of being made from chemicals like other rubber products. All dyes used on the canvas are PCP and AZO free. A Fair Trade premium is paid to both the rubber producers in Sri Lanka and to the shoe stitchers in Pakistan. Certified by the Fair Labeling Organization and the Forest Stewardship Council. 100% Vegan. Available in: Green, Blue, All-Black, Black/White, White

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