A forward-thinking company from New Zealand is setting out to change the footwear industry. Just last month, YY Nation launched its Legacy Footwear Collection on Kickstarter. This collection emphasizes waste reduction in every stage of the consumer cycle by using pre-consumer, post-consumer, and plant waste to decrease the amount of plastic they create and leave behind while producing their shoes.

Shoeography.com: YY Nation Is Releasing a Sustainable Shoe Line to Transform the Footwear Industry
Traditionally, the fashion and footwear industries have been significant contributors to global waste and pollution problems. There have been some step forwards, such as using more sustainable materials to make products and turning to alternative power sources. While American solar power alone offsets more than 70 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, which is akin to planting nearly 1.2 billion trees, initiatives like using solar power aren't common enough across footwear and fashion brands at each stage of their processes. That's the change that YY Nation hopes to make a common occurrence with the Legacy Footwear Collection.

Shoeography.com: YY Nation Is Releasing a Sustainable Shoe Line to Transform the Footwear Industry

 In this shoe line, every part of the shoe from the laces and soles to the packaging has sustainable, natural, and recycled materials. Throughout the shoe, the materials include bamboo, algae, sugar cane, wool, plastic bottles, recycled rubber, and recycled fishnets. To bind the shoe, YY Nation uses plant-based adhesives that also give it additional natural strength. This impressive list of materials is in contrast with the plastic and rubber that typically make up the billions of shoes made every year. By incorporating recycled materials into the shoes, YY Nation hopes to cut down on the amount of harmful materials that end up in landfills and take decades to decompose. Americans throw away over 300 million pairs of shoes every year, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Since these shoes don't decompose well, bits of plastic and rubber get mixed into environments like the beach, harming natural ecosystems. The Legacy Footwear Collection uses "waste" from shoes that would usually go to landfills and later harm the planet.

Shoeography.com: YY Nation Is Releasing a Sustainable Shoe Line to Transform the Footwear Industry

 Just because the collection uses a combination of scraps from other shoes and materials found naturally in the earth doesn't mean that the shoes aren't sturdy. When you shop this collection, you have the choice of New Zealand Merino wool fabric or bamboo fabric for the upper materials. Both of these options mold to your feet for optimal comfort, are odor-resistant, and wick away moisture. These uppers are made even more durable through reinforcements that are weaved together with patented strength technology. You can find comparable durability in the rest of the shoe as well. The footbeds are made with algae foam that provides cushion and support. The sole uses flexible lightweight cup sole technology to protect and support your feet over all types of terrain. Whether you're part of the six out of ten households that have someone in their home who has gone camping or you prefer to stay closer to home, you can wear these shoes and expect to get comfort and durability all at once. The outsoles can withstand the elements, as they're made from a unique combination of your choice of algae and recycled rubber or sugar cane.

Shoeography.com: YY Nation Is Releasing a Sustainable Shoe Line to Transform the Footwear Industry

 All of these strong features and materials can be found in each of the four styles in the Legacy Footwear Collection: Cirro, Nimbo, Strato, and Alto. The Cirro is a functional lace-up sneaker that's perfect for everyday wear. The Nimbo is similarly suited for daily use, with a lace-free design and lightness that make for optimal comfort. The Strato offers support and lace-up security that allows you to walk wherever you need to. And last but certainly not least, the Alto is a pair of high-tops made with pineapple leather for all of the adventurers out there who need durable shoes. To find the right Legacy Footwear Collection shoe for you, check out the Kickstarter from YY Nation today. You can pre-order a pair from the collection for just $75. Even though researchers believe that data breaches exposed over 4 billion records in the first half of 2019 alone, you don't have to worry about the security of your financial information. Kickstarter is a secure platform that hosts thousands of campaigns every year and is adept at keeping its user's information safe. By using this platform to invest in a sustainable shoe out to change the landscape of the footwear industry, you'll safely be using your hard-earned money to make the planet a better place.

If today is any indication, it is officially boot season and what better way to start the season than with a fabulous, multi-toned boot like the See by Chloe Aure Platform Hiker Boots. These eye-catching hiker boots boast a colorblocked, calfskin leather upper, lace up closure, round toe, tonal debossed logo at the back, rubber sole, and a 3 1/2" heel with 1 1/4" platform. The epitome of luxury street style, the natural hued platform boots are available for $445.00 on www.shopbop.com.


Like it's namesake, these gorgeous t-strap heels are elegant, sophisticated, and effervescent. All eyes will be on your well-heeled feet with the stunning Tiannia Barnes Tamron T-Strap Heels. This spectator style pump features a two-toned nappa leather upper, pointed toe silhouette, adjustable T-strap accented with a playful tassel on the vamp, a contrasting PVC toe box, and a 3" heel. 

The luxury heels are available for $595.00 in three color options, the above Ivory/Black/Red, as well as Bright Navy/Ocean Blue/Red and Santa Red/Pink/Red. Get them on www.tianniabarnes.com.

Since 1949, the iconic brand GANT has been defining what preppy American sportswear is. Even when Bernard Gantmacher started the brand in New Haven, Connecticut, he knew that durability and longevity would be the two key pillars for every piece his company would design and produce. As consistent branding across all channels can increase revenue by 23%, GANT's consistent commitment to high-quality shoes helped it become the success it is today. This success has enabled the sportswear brand to pursue its first-ever footwear collaboration.

GANT Pursues First Footwear Collaboration in Partnership with Diemme

GANT is partnering with Italian footwear maker Diemme to create a collection of hiking boots that you can wear anywhere, from the streets of your favorite city to the trails of your favorite park. Diemme's artisanal factory, which is about an hour north of Venice, will produce this limited-edition collection. Brothers Dennis and Maico Signor founded Diemme in 1992, bringing their knowledge and love for shoes they inherited from their family's roots in creating handcrafted footwear. While GANT has long focused on durability and longevity, Diemme is known for its high-quality designs and traditional craftsmanship.

"Diemme has been on my radar for a long time. They’re the perfect example of a brand that has catapulted a heritage product range into the higher echelons of fashion without compromising on quality and craftsmanship. When the opportunity to collaborate came along it was a no brainer," said the Global Artistic Director of GANT, Christopher Bastin.

Through this balanced partnership, GANT and Diemme are making hiking boots that feature design elements from Diemme's mountaineering DNA as well as GANT's heritage. The collection will be made from vegetable-dyed, full-grain cowhide leather. The boots will feature custom tonal and non-tonal rubber trims that protect against mud, rocks, and road salt. For ultimate comfort, the boots will have a cushioned latex compound sole as well as a soft calfskin leather lining. The design for the collaborative collection, known as Diemme x GANT, is based on Diemme's class Roccia Vet hiking boot.

GANT Pursues First Footwear Collaboration in Partnership with Diemme

 The new boots will be available in three colors that take inspiration from the earth: Persimmon Orange, Solar Power (yellow), and Dry Sand (tan). Each boot will also come with laces in multiple color options so that the wearer can instantly transform their look and make it even more unique. The Diemme logo will be embossed on one side of the boot while the GANT Diamond icon is on the other. The logos are combined in a shared stamp on the boot's padded tongue to represent their collaboration.

The limited-edition collection of these stylish yet functional boots was made available in select retailers on Sept 24. The collection was also released online, making it available to the estimated 4,083,105,000 Internet users around the world. Any of these billions will be able to choose the color of boot they desire within the size range of Euro 40-46. You can visit GANT's website to browse the Diemme x GANT collection and pick out your perfect hiking boot.

Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Converse Run Star Hightop Sneakers
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Converse Run Star Hightop Sneakers
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Converse Run Star Hightop Sneakers
Shoeography Shoe of the Day | Converse Run Star Hightop Sneakers


For those of you who love the look of classic chucks but appreciate modern styling, these Converse Run Star Hightop Sneakers are for you. The modern, hightop chucks boast a chunky platform and jagged rubber sole. The build, lace-up closure, rubber toe cap and iconic Chuck Taylor ankle patch stay true to the original silhouette; while its molded platform, exaggerated two-tone outsole, and rounded heel gives it a modernistic feel. You'll love it's cowhide upper, a break from the classic canvas. Its smartFOAM sockliner offer cushioning, so you will be comfortable while looking cool. 

We love the Black/Saffron Yellow/Egret colorway for the fall season and we know you will too. Get them for $110.00 on www.shopbop.com.

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.

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