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From worker-focused shoe companies to responsible bedroom slippers, this top list of ethical footwear innovations covers a range of styles and places on the spectrum with regards to adhering to the triple bottom line. While it's certain that Blake Mycoskie's TOMS Shoes tends to stand out (for better or for worse) when it comes to not simply footwear, but social business at large.

Increasingly, there is debate with regard to whether or not fashion companies can truly be social businesses if they're simply focused on consumption. Some social enterprises, for example, are fashion-oriented, meaning that perhaps they do sell products but community programs and services also undergird their interactions with their base. Regardless, these ethical footwear innovations continue the conversation of defining the sphere.