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Maybe not, but they’re certainly helping.

How?

Proceeds from the sale of the shoes go to the conservation of endangered land in Costa Rica. Oh—and they cost $18,000.

I’m not going to lie—I’ve definitely entertained the thought of spending way too much money on shoes before, but never that much, and never for flip flops. In fact—when I do buy flip flops, they come on a plastic hanger and cost $6.

However, if I could afford $18,000 shoes, these would be the ones I would buy. Not because they’re particularly nice, but because they’re nice to the planet.

 

As I’ve said before, I’m all for shoes with a purpose. And because these ones, designed by L.A. artist David Palmer for Chipkos, promise to save 100,000 square feet of rainforest per pair sold, I’m all for them too.For those of you who think the price is a little (read: a lot) steep, that’s not all that comes with these shoes. You also get to meet the artist and enjoy a two-night stay at Montage Hotel in Beverley Hills. Another odd feature: according to tree hugger, the shoes also come in amahogany case—you know—that wood that comes from rainforests?Hmm.That strange fact aside, this company is actually trying to do some good, so if you’re in the market for some expensive flip flops, here’s where you can purchase a pair.Can’t afford to spend $18,000 on shoes?

You can still save 100 square feet of rainforest with Chipkos’ standard flip flops.

What do you think? Would you spend $18,000 on flip flops for a cause? What’s the most you’ve ever spent on shoes?

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