Into the blue
Protecting the environment has always been high on my agenda. When I was ten I wrote to my local Tesco asking them to provide more recycling facilities (which they did!), and my first ever stint at journalism, for the school newspaper, was an essay on sea pollution on my native Isle of Wight. Sadly, I didn’t get my preferred headline – Isle of Shite – past the teachers, but you can’t have it all I suppose.
Anyway, what has all this got to do with shoes, you might ask? Well, two shoe-related ocean conservation stories landed in my lap this week, and I am thrilled to tell you about them both. Vegan shoe brand and sneaker label of-the-moment Veja has teamed up with Surfrider Foundation Europe to create a one of a kind sneaker made from recycled plastic with the hope of raising awareness of ocean pollution. We all know about the horrific amount of plastic that is ending up in our oceans (269,000 tonnes, in fact), but cigarette butts are also a problem – 4,500 of them are thrown away annually, the majority from cities like London. As such, the sole of the sneaker has been made to resemble stubbed out cigarettes. They’re available from June 7th for £70, £5 of which will go to the foundation. veja-store.com
Classic Shiny Turquoise sandals, from £59.50, salt-watersandals.com
If that wasn’t good enough, as of June 1st, 10% of every sale of a pair of turquoise Salt-Water Original Sandals will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society. You all love wearing your Salt-Waters on the beach, so it’s great that the brand is supporting the very society that works to clear the seas of the litter that is so dangerous to the sea life we go there to enjoy, as well as making sure those beaches are clean and the water is safe. So if you were thinking of getting yourself a new pair this summer, make them turquoise, and wait until June 1st!!
PUMA X The Kooples
PUMA has teamed up with unisex shopping brand The Kooples to reimagine its iconic Clyde sneakers, released next month. Now, excuse me while I have a sneaker geek moment, but here’s the story behind the Clyde, originally released in 1973. A basketball player called Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, nicknamed after Bonnie & Clyde because of his ball stealing skills, loved PUMA’s Suede sneakers. He asked to have some custom made that were lighter and wider and so, the Clyde – almost identical to the Suede to the untrained eye – was born. Fans of the Netflix series The Get Down might recognise them as Shaolin Fantastic’s footwear of choice. The Kooples’ version come in black or white leather and will be £150. Available in store from June 5th.
Three of the best…tropical toe pleasers
Well, the weather is just fantastic isn’t it? To celebrate, here are three totally tropical raffia choices for the bank holiday. Because what says summer better than shoes that look like they were made from your Spanish holiday sunshade?!
Ancient Greek Sandals, £140, net-a-porter.com
Finally, just a note to say that from now on, you’ll be getting your Shoes Headlines on a Saturday morning rather than a Friday, due to my new work commitments at the Evening Standard. But it means I get more time to find you the best stories, so it’s all good!