Product Review: Zoe & Zac Eco Friendly Shoes at Payless

July 28, 2009 by Anna   | Filed under Product Challenge


zoe & zac eco-friendly shoes

If you haven't been to Payless Shoes, they carry these green/eco friendly shoes line called Zoe & Zac. Usually "green" or eco friendly shoes isn't so friendly on the greens in your wallet. I just think, uhm...hello, if these are recycled, why do they cost twice as much as a not so eco conscious shoe? But with Zoe and Zac, they have some really cute casual walking shoes and sandals that are truly affordable. I mean, they are at Payless. And if you run into those BOGO deals, well...people should start calling you the Queen of Green!


What's it made of?
So nice of you to ask Style with Anna readers, I shall tell you. Zoe and Zac are made from eco friendly materials such as organic cottons and linens, natural hemp, jute, recycled rubber and water based glues. What does this mean? Well, the organic cottons, jute and hemp are grown with no chemicals and little to no polluting pesticides and fertilizers. Also, the elastic is made from recycled plastic bottles and the glue is water based and non toxic. That means, you don't have to give up breathing in fresh air for something you wear on your feet. I say, if you don't have to give up your air quality and no animals have to be harmed in the making, then everyone's happy!

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What about style and comfort?
Well you guys, the style is cute. In my many many days and countless hours of shopping, I've seen it all. I've seen a lot of "organic" eco chic products on the market that are seriously atrocious. I've seen a flip flop made of a recycled rice bag. I mean, I want to be green and eco friendly, I don't want to be tacky or appear like my asian grandmother glued some rice bag to my shoes. But with the Zoe and Zac's I find myself liking a lot of their shoes. Some shoes are a little 'eh'. But the Tigerlily Wedges, the Linden Flat (which is like a sporty flip flop), the Oxfords (super cute and comfortable), Daisy Skimmers (lightweight and comfortable), Mary Janes (love these), and Ballet Shoes (casual and cute)....I'm filing these in the cutesville section! I will be honest and say that I thought the ballet shoes were a little hard. I'm sure you can break it in like any other shoes, but I thought it was exceptionally hard. If you have a more arched foot, you might not find any of the Zoe & Zac shoes comfortable, with the exception of the Oxfords.

How much are they?
Everything under $30 here people. I don't care what economy we're in, these shoes are cheap cheap cheap. The oxfords in the ivory color are frickin $14 at payless. I saw some skimmers for $12. You can afford to splurge $12 for a pair of shoes on yourself. Don't be shy.

In conclusion,  I give these shoes a thumb and a half up on the comfort, 2 thumbs up on price and 2 thumbs way up on leaving a lighter footprint with these eco friendly shoes.


4 Responses to “Product Review: Zoe & Zac Eco Friendly Shoes at Payless”
  1. keion says:

    im having trouble downlading captcha but i have questions 4 anna???

    • Anna says:

      Sorry Keion! We recently updated some scripts and it looks like the contact form was busted. It’s fixed now!

  2. Michael says:

    I think many companies like payless and walmart are misusing the word eco-friendly just to fool people. Its a marketing tool that needs to stop because its not helping the planet!

  3. Brandi says:

    Sooooooo Uncomfortable!… I recently purchased a second pair…(I dont’ know why, the first pair were painful,) and I sit here right at this very moment with bleeding heels. Although the elastic back that is common in zoe& zac ballet flats is a cute touch, it is proven to be the reason for my dismay. Why..why…why…such a cute shoe with such an obvious discomfot flaw!!!!
    Less thatn an hour on my feet and I am dying!!!!

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