Ask The Allergista: Do you know of any natural fiber shoes?

Q:

I suffer from allergies to synthetic fibers, and I've only recently discovered how severe my reactions can get. I get anything from a mild systemic response (hives, itching) to anaphylaxis and I am concerned with switching my athletic shoes to something more natural. Do you have any experience or knowledge with natural materials in athletic shoes? Thanks for your help!

A:

Hi!

Yikes... I always wear these 100% cotton socks between any athletic shoes. It works for me, anyways. I did some looking around and all I found was these... I don't think they have as much support as a typical athletic shoe. I also don't know if the actual thread is natural as the fabrics are, but I'm willing to bet that if you email the folks over at Rawganique, they will answer you.

But without any further ado, here's what I found. Click the photos:

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The bottom ones aren't really super stylish, but the top ones are cute! Just like Converse.

I wish I had a better answer for you, though!

Sincerely,

The Allergista

If anybody else knows of some natural athletic shoes, please post up in the comments!