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Granola style gets a makeover as designers up the sustainability chic factor.
Photography by Nancy Campbell. Fashion editor: Lauren Parker.
(Top) Sylven New York boot features a vegan upper made of repurposed apple peels, renewable plant-based vegan lining and a regenerated rubber sole. (Bottom) Chelsea boot by BC Footwear features PETA-approved vegan leather upper and OrthoLite Hybrid insole made of 20 percent eco-content.
Native D’Orsay flats are “beast free,” meaning no animal products are used. Toms slide sandals feature OrthoLite Eco X40 insoles made from plant derived and recycled materials.
Beyond Skin ankle boot upper is 100-percent recycled vegan leather, sourced from Italy with plant based coating and manufactured ethically in Spain under EU protected regulations.
Shoetie by All Black features a repurposed Tilapia fish skin and kid leather upper.
(Top) Earth shoetie features an upper lining made of recycled silky Impertex and thick Tricot materials, a chrome-free leather sock lining, and water-based non-toxic glues. (Bottom) Platform sandal by Californians is manufactured in a fair wage factory in Los Angeles, which also greatly reduces the carbon footprint related to shipping.
Salt + Umber handwoven slingbacks are made in a family-owned factory in India using zero heavy machinery that reduces carbon emissions, and the leather is sourced from LWG gold rated tanneries committed to rainwater harvesting, renewable power, and chromium and metal free products.
Slide by O2 Monde features a iopolyurethane upper made of renewable plant resources.
Manufactured in a family-owned factory in Buford, GA, that reduces shipping to 7 percent of the average imported shoe, these Oka-B flats are made of 25 percent used shoe scraps combined with a 100-percent recyclable bio-based material.