Demanding quality and sustainability should not be considered "nitpicky." If you are spending hard-earned time and money to purchase a tangible good or service, you have both the right and the responsibility to understand what you are purchasing.
This year, I finally got two Okabashi pairs for myself, and I'm loving them. Each was under $20; a price point that no one can complain about. They are decently comfy -- certainly more so than the Jelly fad of the 1980s -- and come in great colors. I got a green pair of clogs that I use in the garden. (These are PERFECT for that.) And, I've got a pair of red 'strappy' shoes that I've worn to work a few times with great success.
Anyone else tried these and can comment on them? Has anyone actually returned them to be recycled?