Here I am at Nordstrom trying out Naya’s eco-friendly shoes and attempting to not look like as if I’ve just emerged from packing boxes with everything I own for a move the next day. Every time I move (three times in the past three years!) I discover what a poor housekeeper I am. So much dust! I’m surprised I don’t have a giant dust bunny in my hair.
In any case, it was a lovely way to escape from rolling glasses in (hopefully recycled) newsprint on Earth Day. Celebrating said holiday at Nordstrom might not sound very Earthy, but Naya designer Kasey Gibbs was there to spread the word about her brand’s “environmentally thoughtful” shoes. They use fast-growing bamboo in their heels, the footbeds and some heels are made of cork from the bark of live trees. So, you see, it was actually very earthy day at Nordstrom.
The bonus is Naya shoes are cute, without a trace of a hippie vibe (although as we know I’m not entirely opposed to that; also, of the designs is called “Sugar Magnolia” bless!). And the heels are extremely walkable. After removing my Goldenbleu platform wedges and sliding into the “Wind” design, I literally felt like I was putting on slippers. The leather — which is tanned without environmentally unfriendly chrome, a heavy metal — is super-soft.
“It burnishes beautifully and has a really nice patina,” Gibbs said.
Bonus number two is the price: between $110 and $135. You can find Naya shoes online at Piperlime, Naturalizer, Zappos and more. FCC disclosure: I took the pair in the photo home with me courtesy of the Naya folks. Next on my list is the same model with this awesome blue and green fabric. The Halimas are awfully tempting too — I find them reminiscent of old-school Candie’s, but I’d bet my Jordache jeans they’re way more comfortable.