Sustainability has been a major priority for a variety of industries as rampant consumerism and industrialization have led to environmental issues such as deforestation and water pollution. About 100 million tons of carbon dioxide is released into the air every year just from air conditioners alone. To combat these negative effects on the environment, many companies in the footwear industry have been searching for a sustainable alternative that is still strong enough to stand up to daily wear and tear. Raum may have found that alternative.

Raum Footwear Provides Sustainable Alternative for Minimalist Shoes

The shoes from Raum are considered stylish earthing footwear and they are made without synthetic materials. The design of the shoes allows your body to be conductive to the planet's electrical energy, which is said to have a range of healing attributes. The main feature that allows for this connection is a copper rivet in the flexible sole of the shoe. This rivet encourages the flow of electrons from the earth into your body. Each shoe's rivet is located at the KD1 acupuncture point, allowing it to touch your foot without you even feeling it. While the rivet acts as a superconductor of the earth's healing electrons, you'll enjoy the shoe in complete comfort. 

Raum Footwear Provides Sustainable Alternative for Minimalist Shoes

The flexibility of the sole is also one of the unique features of the shoe. You can fold the shoe in half or roll it in on itself without compromising the integrity of the shoe. It will bounce right back to its original shape. The soles also mold to your feet over time, making them extremely comfortable. With more flexible shoes that allow you to walk comfortably and won't make you trip, you may be able to avoid injuries like mild ankle sprains, which can take seven to 10 days to heal. The soles in Raum shoes are also zero-drop, which helps promote natural walking as humans were built to do. 

Raum Footwear Provides Sustainable Alternative for Minimalist Shoes

The other materials in the outer part of Raum shoes are vegetable-tanned leather and luxe suede. The soles are connected to the upper part of the shoe with a single piece of thread made of 100% cotton. This allows each pair to be re-soled and used for years, rather than having to throw it in the landfill once the shoe starts to wear. Each shoe is also fully lined with sheepskin, giving your feet both warmth and breathability. 

Raum Footwear Provides Sustainable Alternative for Minimalist Shoes

The founder of Raum, Tyler Pinkos, had worked in the footwear industry for many years before venturing out to start Raum. When he made this venture and joined the 400 million entrepreneurs around the world, he knew that he wanted to bring a product to the market that would be stylish while also being practical to wear every day. They make the footwear in small batches and each shoe is completely handmade. Although the company is based in California, it partners with a small atelier in Europe who employs about 10% Syrian refugees. In this way, Raum is able to ensure that each pair of their shoes is high-quality while also helping Syrian families find financial stability. 

Raum Footwear Provides Sustainable Alternative for Minimalist Shoes

 Anyone who is interested in purchasing sustainable, all-natural footwear that allows you to connect to the earth through the soles of your feet would love the shoes that Raum makes. They come in a variety of colors, from bold scarlet and tumeric to natural moss and walnut, so that you can find a pair that suits your style. Best of all, you'll know that your choice in footwear minimizes harm to the environment.

Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Bottega Veneta Puffy Intreccio Square Mules
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Bottega Veneta Puffy Intreccio Square Mules
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Bottega Veneta Puffy Intreccio Square Mules
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Bottega Veneta Puffy Intreccio Square Mules

If you watched the Brandy and Monica Verzuz battle, then you most likely saw the simple and classic mules Brandy paired with her eclectic outfit. We certainly did and we loved them. While we're sure they were designer, we're just not sure that is was the stunning Bottega Veneta Puffy Intreccio Square Mules you see above. In all honesty, we love these more than the ones Brandy wore because of its intricate and beautiful details.

These darling slides are anything but simple. These beauties boast a leather upper, woven into squares. It also features an elongated square open toe, a single-band vamp, and a 3 1/2" covered heel. Available in several colors that includes Yellow, Sky Blue, Nero (black), Optic White, Beige, and Cipria (a dark German chocolate brown), these luxury shoes are available for $1,270 on www.neimanmarcus.com.

Who ever said doing charity work isn't rock and roll? The nonprofit of heavy metal band Metallica, All Within My Hands (AWMH), has partnered with a 137-year-old boot brand, Wolverine, to help support the future of the workforce in the United States. Together, these two forces intend to provide trade school students with scholarship funding. They plan to do this by launching two special edition boots inspired by none other than Metallica.

Wolverine Releases 2 Metallica-Inspired Boots To Fund U.S. Trade Programs

 When you order a pair of the Wolverine x Metallica Scholars 1000 Mile Axel boots or the Wolverine x Metallica Scholars Hellcat Ultraspring™ boots, 100% of the proceeds will go to AWMH to help support students learning skilled trades. These trades are essential in keeping our society running, but often go underappreciated. Tradesmen include people like metal fabricators, who are responsible for creating metal for manufacturing and need to undergo safety training as part of their documented quality control programs because the job can be dangerous. Skilled trades often present some form of danger to those working in them, yet don't receive much support to help tradesmen work safely.

Wolverine Releases 2 Metallica-Inspired Boots To Fund U.S. Trade Programs

 Wolverine and AWMH hope to change all of that. Metallica guitarist James Hetfield says that this partnership is driven by the same vision the band had when they created the Metallica Scholars Initiative. That vision is to build and sustain a strong American workforce. To do this, they aim to help trade school students achieve their dreams through the workforce education programs that community colleges around the country offer.

Three community college trade programs will benefit from this particular partnership. Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lone Star College in Houston, Texas, and WSU Tech in Wichita, Kansas will each receive a $100,000 joint grant from Wolverine and Metallica Scholars. Each school will also receive Wolverine boots to give students a jumpstart in their careers. Whether a student becomes a part of the 84% of contractors who use modular construction processes on projects or they become a welder who builds the parts for that construction process, they need sturdy boots to work in. Wolverine boots are just that.

Wolverine Releases 2 Metallica-Inspired Boots To Fund U.S. Trade Programs

 The limited-edition Wolverine x Metallica Scholars 1000 Mile Axel boot features Metallica-inspired details and is based on the popular Wolverine 1000 Mile boot silhouette. The specialized features include metal-tipped laces, a metal guitar pick tag, a metal heel plate inspired by the Metallica Key, and an AWMH metal toe kicker. This boot is made of Chicago-based Horween Chromexcel leather, silver hardware, and a classic Vibram® lugged outsole.

Wolverine Releases 2 Metallica-Inspired Boots To Fund U.S. Trade Programs

 The second limited-edition release, the Wolverine x Metallica Scholars Hellcat UltraSpring™ boot, represents a delicate combination. This boot has both a traditional work boot's durability and the modern Wolverine UltraSpring™ cushioning. Stitched onto the boot is a custom-molded Metallica Key logo, making it unlike any other boot Wolverine sells. It also has a custom metal Metallica Scholars guitar pick tag.

Wolverine Releases 2 Metallica-Inspired Boots To Fund U.S. Trade Programs

Wolverine Releases 2 Metallica-Inspired Boots To Fund U.S. Trade Programs

Wolverine Releases 2 Metallica-Inspired Boots To Fund U.S. Trade Programs

 Both boots are now for sale on Wolverine's website. All of the proceeds from these boots will be donated directly to provide funding for the 2021 Metallica Scholars recipients. By purchasing a pair of these boots, you could help a student who will one day operate manufacturing mechanical equipment that's made with some 16% of the world's steel or a student who will eventually build solar panels for farms pay for school to learn the special skills they need to succeed.

"By ensuring community colleges and trade programs across the country have the resources they need, we can support students who are choosing to join the skilled trades and together be one step closer to closing the gap," said Tom Kennedy, the global brand president for Wolverine.

To learn more about the partnership between Wolverine and AWMH and their initiative, visit Wolverine.com/projectbootstrap.

It's not easy going from the comfortable of wearing nothing but slippers and sneakers for months, back to wear heels. This pandemic has definitely changed the fashion game but thankfully there are lots of footwear styles out there that are still comfortable and stylish. Kick off your house shoes and slip into these delightful Kate Spade New York Surie Mules

The slip-on silhouette boasts a studded leather upper, pointed toe, soft leather lining and footbed, and a very wear-friendly 2 1⁄2" heel. So whether you have been barefoot at home or venturing in flip flops and sneakers for the past six months, these stunners will ease you back into wearing heels with no problem. We love them in both the Sky Blue and Parisian Pink for the fall season. The best part, this darling is on sale for only $49.60 on www.6pm.com. Get them while they last.
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Malone Souliers Maureen Pumps
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Malone Souliers Maureen Pumps
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Malone Souliers Maureen PumpsShoeography Shoe of the Day | Malone Souliers Maureen Pumps

We have reached the time of the year when we transition from summer to fall, from sandals and open-toed shoes, to boots and closed toe footwear. We also love the wearing non-traditional seasonal colors. Which is why we love these Malone Souliers Maureen Pumps. Boasting a sheepskin leather upper, pointed toe, twin thin straps across the vamp and an Ombre Bubblegum/Light Pink hue, you can understand why we love everything about this style. It's a cool twist on a classic pump; something the luxury footwear brand is known for. This feminine 3 1/4" stiletto heeled pump is exactly what you need to punch up your wardrobe as you transition from summer to the fall season. Get it now for $625.00 on www.shopbop.com.

 

Shoeography Shoe of the Day - JustFab Raquell Slingback Pump

Shoeography Shoe of the Day - JustFab Raquell Slingback Pump

Shoeography Shoe of the Day - JustFab Raquell Slingback Pump 
Shoeography Shoe of the Day - JustFab Raquell Slingback Pump
 

Denim anything is an iconic classic, so continually adding it to your wardrobe is a must. We're looking forward to the transitional season with a very chic and extremely affordable pair of denim footwear to add to your wardrobe. Feast your eyes on the JustFab Raquell Slingback Pump. This stunning pair of two tone denim-on-denim slingbacks is exactly what you need as we head into the fall season. The medium and dark heels boasts a slightly elevated vamp, pointed toe and a thick 4" denim-covered block heel. They run slightly small, so we recommend sizing up a bit. 

We promise you won't be disappointed, especially with a $59.95 price tag. Get it now on www.justfab.com.

The team at Projext & Co. is launching their first product with the aim that it can change the future of the footwear industry. Scooter One Shoes are innovative premium leather sneakers, made without harming animals or the planet. This is in strong contrast to fast fashion brands that prioritize keeping consumers on pace with the latest trends over the potentially dangerous impact on the environment.

Scooter One Sneakers - www.shoeography.com

The idea behind Scooter One Shoes was to create a sneaker that could withstand changing trends and become the staple sneaker for the next generation. With its minimalist design and features for all-day comfort, the shoe combines function with style.

Each pair of Scooter One Shoes is made of Prime Fiber Leather, which is a mix of vegan and upcycled leather cast-offs. This method of production helps reduce waste, as it utilizes scraps from other manufacturers. The vegan leather coating also gives the shoes a protective shield against stains, scratches, and water, allowing wearers to have confidence that their shoes can withstand the elements no matter where they go.

Scooter One Sneakers Waterproof - www.shoeography.com

An innovative blend of Merino wool and Tencel fabric fibers lines the interior of the shoes. Called Souffle Fit Technology™, this lining keeps the wearer's feet sweat-free and comfortable, even without socks. The unique combination of materials allows your feet to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The sole of each shoe is made with Popcorn Technology™ to ensure that it is flexible, shock-absorbent, and durable. All of these features make the shoes perfect for casual use or for engaging in the daily 10 minutes of physical activity that can help you improve mobility and live longer.

Scooter One Sneakers - www.shoeography.com

Scooter One Sneakers - www.shoeography.com

"Scooter One Shoes are meticulously engineered to be lightweight, durable, comfortable and weather-resistant. Wear Scooter One Shoes all day, and stride in confidence knowing these leather sneakers look good and do good," said Denny Chiang, co-founder and CEO of Projext & Co.

Major retailers and brands have latched onto fast fashion, as it allows them to quickly capitalize on ever-evolving trends and ideas in the industry. The fast fashion ideal encourages consumers to buy inexpensive clothing more often, getting them the latest trends and giving retailers big profits. However, this rotating inventory of products creates a massive amount of waste. It was estimated that three out of every five of the 100 billion garments produced in 2018 would end up in a landfill within a year.

Scooter One Sneakers - www.shoeography.com

The team at Projext & Co. has over 20 years of experience in the footwear industry, giving them the necessary knowledge to engage in mindful manufacturing. The production of sneakers with fast fashion methods generates 313 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, which equals the annual emissions of 66 million cars. While the team may not be able to avoid having to create some toxins through processes like shipping, which accounts for about 90% of the world's trade, they have been able to use natural materials and innovate technologies to create a long-lasting product. With a shoe that can last years rather than months, the Projext & Co. team can help reduce the amount of waste that goes directly to landfills.

Scooter One Sneakers - www.shoeography.com

Projext & Co. has launched the Scooter One Shoes on Kickstarter to raise enough funds to manufacture the shoes. While about 25% of the total funding early-stage entrepreneurs need comes from credit cards or bank financing, they often need to use crowdfunding resources like Kickstarter to make their idea come to life. Through Kickstarter, consumers can pre-order their pair of Scooter One Shoes. The shoes come in sizes for men and women and are available in white, black, or gray. If the campaign raises enough money, the team is planning to start production in October 2020 and ship out the pre-orders in December 2020.

We love a self-made story. Someone with raw talent teaching themselves something they've always wanted to learn and bringing that talent and idea to fruition. That is the story of self-taught fashion designer, Franky Baca, who created his first garments in 2013 and launched a full collection in 2014. With many of his fashion pieces being gender neutral, a unisex shoe was the next logical step - which led to the Franky Baca 1 Low Sneakers.

Franky Baca 1 Low Sneakers


Franky Baca draws inspiration for his designs from nature, architecture, classic paintings, film, and his Bay Area home neighborhood; so it's no surprise that his namesake sneakers is comprised of leather, and composite materials to ensure durability. The gender-neutral style is simple, yet versatile with unique features. It boasts a blood orange patent leather tongue, removable grey patent lace guard emblazoned with this designer's signature; and detachable mesh ankle support for a comfortable and insulated fit with or without laces.

Franky Baca 1 Low Sneakers 
Franky Baca 1 Low Unisex Shoe

Franky says "My goal in creation is for the customer to question why something is strange, and why is something still beautiful to them. I want to challenge them to what they knew about beauty. I always wanted to design clothing and loved fashion but I was hesitant because I didn't want to design for others. I thought it took away from my individuality, I was selfish. I realized I could never be them and they could never be me, and I knew I wanted to move forward. We need to inspire people any chance we get."
Available in white/bone/blood orange/silver, the F.B.1 sneakers can be yours for $110.00, down from the original price of $220.00. Sizes run from as small as a women's 5 1/2 to a men's 12. Get yours now on www.frankybaca.com.

PNKElephant Icconic Slides
PNKElephant Icconic Slides
PNKElephant Icconic Slides
PNKElephant Icconic Slides
 


I know it might not seem like the time to go shoe shopping (we know you don't leave the house much these days) but it is actually the perfect time to snag some lovely new footwear. Remember, no matter how much weight you put on, your shoes will always fit. Unlike clothes, shoes don't punish for you for indulging a bit. We recommend you start with the PNKElephant Icconic Studded Slides. Proving that there is nothing basic about classic black, this modern slipper/sandal hybrid gets an edgy update of hardware. Known for it's oversized bow at the toe, the Icconic Slides grabs all the attention. A square toe and makes this flat shoe even more contemporary.

 Officially dropping August 10th, you can pre-order these now for the intro price of $73.95 (they are normally $87.00) on www.peblair.com.

Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Voyette Latoy Ankle Boots

Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Voyette Latoy Ankle Boots

Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Voyette Latoy Ankle Boots

Although the idea of wearing anything in these high temperatures may be the last thing on your mind, we couldn't help but fawn over these stunning ankle booties. We're happy to say they are made for this weather. You see, the Voyette Latoy Ankle Boots feature a mesh upper with leather trim, so there's lots of breathability. These gorgeous nude darlings are draped oh-so-chicly and adored with a bejeweled brooch and boasts a statuesque 4 1/2" heel. To claim your own, head over to www.voyette.com and pick these up for $299.99.

American companies of all shapes and sizes base their operations in different countries around the world. Whether it's a small company selling embroidered patches that are effective in marketing a business's corporate identity or a large corporation that has retail locations in every state, reshoring allows companies to find diverse talent while cutting costs. The footwear industry is no exception to this trend, with manufacturers for major brands spread across various continents.

How the Dominican Republic is a Cornerstone of American Footwear Companies

Although it is a relatively small country, the Dominican Republic is attracting many American footwear companies looking to reshore. In fact, the DR is a top 10 footwear exporter to the United States. In 2018, the U.S. was the DR's most important export trading partner of footwear and had an export value of about $253 million.

This popularity is made possible by the Dominican Republic Free Zones, a globally-recognized network of 74 free trade zones. The DR Free Zones were intentionally designed to improve business productivity, scale targeted industry sectors, and reduce global business barriers. As the DR Free Zones celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, the network has certainly seen success in its goals.

Footwear companies have been particularly successful, especially after the President of the DR created the National Footwear Commission in 2014. This organization helps footwear brands by focusing on supply chain development, the promotion of exports, and strengthening training programs. American retailers deal with about $44 million in inventory shrink, according to statistics from the National Retail Security Survey, but footwear companies that manufacture in the DR Free Zones don't have to worry about lapses in communication that can lead to inventory shrink. When companies reshore to the Dominican Republic's Free Zones, they benefit from high-quality connectivity as well as tax incentives, government support, and the country's political stability.

How the Dominican Republic is a Cornerstone of American Footwear Companies

Global footwear brands that have operations in the DR Free Zones include Timberland, Sperry, Vans, and Allen Edmonds. These brands and others have seen success because of the highly competitive local supply chain that has had an increased capacity for producing most of the raw materials and components manufacturers of footwear and leather products require. The workforce in the DR Free Zones also have a significant amount of skills and specific knowledge when it comes to high-end leather shoes for European and American markets.

While the footwear industry is a major part of the DR Free Zones, other industry sectors have found success there too. From electronics and medical devices to textiles and jewelry, a wide range of sectors rely on the DR Free Zones for their manufacturing needs. The DR Free Zones also provide outsourcing services, such as Business Process Outsourcing and Contact Centers, contributing to a managed services market that was projected to reach $170 billion worldwide by 2019. This service has been particularly helpful for American companies looking to reduce costs and maintain quality, as the DR has a highly skilled workforce and is geographically close to the United States.

As a small country with an impressive incentive structure and vibrant community, the Dominican Republic is proving to be a place that can make things happen. Even if you don't know it, your favorite American footwear company may be relying on the DR Free Zones to get you high-quality shoes. By continuing to support these companies, you can help them and the people of the Dominican Republic prosper.




Welcome back to shoe love. After a much needed and brief break, we are back with more gorgeous footwear. Today's Shoeography Shoe of the Day is the ultra chic Eleanor Anukam Iruoma Pump. Accentuated by a series of round, edgy hardware, this pointed toe stiletto is guaranteed to turn heads. Featuring a silk satin upper, this beauty is sure to leave lookie-loos green with envy. The adorning gold ball detail descend in size from large to small pulling gazes from top to bottom of it's statuesque 4" satin-covered heel.

What makes the Eleanor Anukam Footwear brand even more amazing? They specialize in shoes for tall and plus size women, ranging in sizes from 9-13. We love the Iruoma Pump in Emerald Green with gold accents, but it also is available in monochromatic Black/Black, Royal Blue/Pewter, and Black/Pewter.

Normally retailing for $375.00, you can get all four colors at the great sale price of $99.00 on www.eleanoranukam.com. We recommend you hurry before they are gone.
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