Simple Women’s Carnival Shoe Review
Organic cotton, recycled paper, and recycled car tires. When you here these materials you’re probably not thinking that these are the materials that could make a comfy casual shoe. Fortunately, Simple has mastered the ability to make unique products from as much post consumer content (including the box the shoes came in) and organic materials as possible.
Simple’s Carnival Leather sneaker is no exception and features a combo of organic cotton and eco certified leather/suede upper, certified organic cotton laces and shoe lining. The outsole is made from recycled car tires and the midsole or “pedbed” as they like to call it, is made from BIO D EVA that is gauranteed to biodegrade in 20 years versus traditional EVA that takes up to 100 plus years to breakdown.Going along with the tire theme, the outsole is siped, similar to that of a regular car tire and provide a little extra traction that you wouldn’t expect from a casual shoe.
When I wear the Carnival Leather sneakers I kind of feel like a kid again; most of my shoes these days are trail runners, flip flops, or some sort of clogs. When I put my Simple’s on I look down and see funky orange/pink laces and shoes that can get me to point A to point B in style and without putting a huge burden on our environment. There isn’t a ton of arch support in these shoes, but the midsole is plenty cushiony and I have been comfy in them after a full day on my feet. There are 2 small holes near on the inside near the arch and on the outside, I am not sure if these are for style or not, but I feel like they help my feet ventilate a bit. I have worn these shoes with and without sock and have not had any blisters yet, double bonus!
The Women’s Carnival Leather retails for $65 and comes in three down to earth colors: black, grey, and taupe. I recommend giving Simple’s fall line a peak, as they have truly gotten creative with making eco friendly shoes.