Eco-Friendly Shoes

Nike Marries Performance, Sustainability for U.S.A. Track and Field Uniforms

SPEEDING BULLETS Based on Nike’s “Project Swift” technology, which the company developed to improve the performance of Team U.S.A.’s long-track speedskaters at…

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Irony Alert? Adidas Withdraws "Shackle" Shoe After Slavery Controversy

Adidas has withdrawn plans to release a sneaker with an shackle-like ankle cuff after critics said it evoked images of slavery. A collaboration with oddball Beverly Hills designer…

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Oliberté Creates Jobs in Africa by Manufacturing Its Shoes on the Continent

WALKING TALL Although the business launched in 2009 with only two silhouettes and a handful of employees, it’s now a global brand that’s projected to sell between 20,000 and…

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9 Emerging Eco-Fashion Designers at Designers & Agents Los Angeles

CABOCLO Hand made in the north of Brazil, each pair of Caboclo shoes is made from reclaimed tire soles and naturally-treated leather. + Caboclo PIECE x PIECE Recognizing the waste…

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Energy-Harvesting Chip Turns Any Shoe Into a Cellphone Charger

Photo by Shutterstock Even the rattiest sneaker can become an energy-harvesting powerhouse, thanks to an ultrathin crystal chip that converts footfalls into electricity. Developed by…

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Gucci Announces "Sustainable Soles" Line of Biodegradable Footwear

Canal St. jelly slides, these are not. Gucci is launching a new “Sustainable Soles” line of footwear made with biodegradable plastic, WWD announced on Wednesday. Part of the…

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Grow Your Own Genetically Engineered Stingray-Leather Sneakers

SPLICE OF LIFE You don’t have to be a genetic scientist to wrangle your own phenotype. Rayfish uses a graphical user interface for would-be Doc Moreaus to drag and drop up to nine…

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Jeffrey Campbell Designs Exclusive Vegan Shoe Line for Convert Store

GREEN CONVERSION “Sustainable footwear is hard to come by and comes at a price,” Brewer tells Ecouterre. “The footwear industry is particularly tough on the…

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Is TOMS Shoes' "One for One" Business Model Doomed to Fail?

TOMS’s buy-one-give-one business model is as popular as it is oft-copied. But Cheryl Davenport of Mission Measurement, a strategic consulting firm based in Chicago, wishes the label…

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10 Eco-Friendly (and Vegan!) Flip-Flops to Slip Into This Summer

TREAD LIGHTLY Available in seven different colorways, the Flip X EcoTread by Chaco includes a contoured footbed for arch support, waterproof faux-leather toe posts, and a non-marking…

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Tom Sachs, Nike Transform Mars Rover Air Bags, Astronaut Suits Into Space-Inspired Sportswear

ABOVE AND BEYOND The joint venture, dubbed NikeCraft, launches on the eve of Sach’s Space Program: Mars, an installation that will recast the 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson…

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Keep Your Shoes in Tip-Top Shape, World War II-Style

The original DIY doyenne, Mrs. Sew and Sew taught British civilians how to extend the lives of wardrobe staples at the height of clothes-rationing during World War II. Among the raft of…

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Brooks Debuts Recycled, Biodegradable "Green Silence" Running Shoe

SILENT RUNNING Injo Gunasekara, Brooks’s senior industrial designer of footwear, named the shoe for its eco-friendlier characteristics (“green”) and his belief that…

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Tanya Heath's Convertible Shoes Transform From Heels to Flats in No Time

UP A NOTCH Available in an array of colors and styles, Heath’s convertible shoes can be paired with an assortment of heels, from a chunky two-inch platform (for hopping on the…

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Marco Scuderi Upcycles Rubber Boots Into "Footbags"

Tired of your old rubber rain boots? Make like Italian designer Marco Scuderi and repurpose it into a “Footbag.” His sturdy tote keeps more than ankles high and dry. You…

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Beyond Skin Offers Playful, Retro-Inspired Vegan Footwear for Spring 2012

FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION Dean’s material of choice is Dinamica, a suede-like microfiber derived from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. In fact, Beyond Skin is the…

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14 Eco-Friendly Ballet Flats to Put a Spring In Your Step

BEACHY KEEN Clad in sandy-hued faux suede, Vegetarian Shoes’ “Dragonfly” flat is made to order in factories across the United Kingdom and Europe, including…

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Best Charity Collaboration Ever: TOMS x FEED Shoes for Women, Toddlers

Double your pleasure? TOMS’s latest shoe is so nice, it gives back twice. A collaboration with FEED Projects, the FEED 12 alpargata doesn’t just provide a new pair of shoes…

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