Sliding Scale: Minimalist Sneakers

Welcome to the fifth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up responsibly-made Minimalist Sneakers. With more minimalist sneakers on the market these days than even before, we’ve picked our eight favorite pairs, all of which are high on quality, and low on everything else.
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Seven Questions: Appalatch

The world could use a few more brands like Appalatch. Founded in 2012 by do-gooders Grace Gouin and Mariano deGuzman, the North Carolina based company is defined as much by its ethos as its products. Striving to produce the best garments they can with the least amount of environmental impact possible, the company has developed an entirely domestic supply chain; not only are the clothes manufactured here, but everything from the fabrics to the threads to the trimmings are made in the US as well. Additionally, the brand utilizes a number of production methods that help them to dramatically reduce waist while still maintaining quality. And, best of all, they sell everything consumer-direct, so all of Appalatch’s socially and environmentally responsible goodness comes without a middleman mark-up.

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Sliding Scale: Slim Black Jeans

Welcome to the fourth installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up Slim Black Jeans. With a seemingly endless number of options out there, we’ve handpicked our eight favorite responsibly-made pairs, all of which boast quality construction, top-shelf materials, and a great fit.

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Sliding Scale: Chelsea Boots

Welcome to the third installment of Sliding Scale, a series in which we bring you a single product for every budget. This month we’re rounding up Chelsea Boots. A British staple, worn by just about every famous English musician that ever lived (and some equally famous American ones as well), the decades-old style is (once again) having a moment. Here are seven of the best responsibly-made options.

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Seven Questions: Foreign Rider Co.

Foreign Rider Co. founder Ralph Dunning knows clothing. A 20+ year apparel industry veteran, Dunning’s design and manufacturing expertise is vast, varied, and evident in every single Foreign Rider garment. It may sound trite or cliche, but when you put on a FR sweat or tee for the first time, you really can feel the difference. The fit, the fabrics, the construction – these are goods of the utmost quality. As the owner of several FR pieces, I can honestly say this stuff is above and beyond 99% of everything else that’s out there, and that Dunning’s decades of experience are palpable in all of it.

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