Allbirds unveils sustainably-made flip-flops

These flip-flops are sandals you can feel good about splurging on.

Forbes says footwear brand Allbirds has launched a selection of flip-flops made from sustainable Brazilian sugar cane that aims to replace “plastic foam in traditional shoe soles, which is often made from dirty oil and is highly polluting.”

The launch of these sustainable soles follows a string of other notable releases, such as unveiling kids sizes called Smallbirds and making a line of “‘tree’ runners and loungers made from eucalyptus fiber,” Forbes says their latest launch allows customers to “purchase interchangeable straps at $15 for the Japanese-inspired flip flops, which are available in four summery colorways.” The sandals themselves cost a cool $35.

Only available for a limited time, Forbes says the technology used to created these flip-flops — called Sugar Zeffers — may have a bigger impact on footwear going forward, with the company planning to make the technology available to other shoe manufacturers.

“We know there’s interest within the industry, but what we’re hopeful for is that it will expand beyond that,” co-founder Joey Zwillinger told Forbes. “There’s something about sugarcane-derived adhesives in solar panels that pieces together a green cycle that is really special.”

 

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Vans teams up with Van Gogh Museum for new collaboration

If you though you could never own a Van Gogh, think again.

According to Glamour, footwear brand Vans is teaming up with the Van Gogh Museum to create a collection of apparel and shoes inspired by the artist’s famous works, all to make the masterpieces accessible to the masses.

“It’s our mission to make Van Gogh as accessible to people all over the world as we possibly can,” Van Gogh Museum director Axel Ruger told Glamour. “People from all over the world really love Van Gogh and want a piece of him, as it were. We’re always looking to find new ways [to] make his work [feel] relevant today.”

With the collection featuring 16 pieces that range in price from $40 to $140, Glamour reports that products from the Vans X Van Gogh Museum are “centered around four specific pieces from the artist’s canon—Skull, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, Self-Portrait as a Painter, Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman—as well as letters he wrote his brother, Theo.”

Choosing pieces that offer a window into Van Gogh’s personal life and personal growth as an artist, Faye Fredericks of Vans’ global apparel design team told Glamour that every aspect of the the product seeks to communicate the notion of a masterpiece.

“”If you even look at the labels, we put brushstrokes on those—we really wanted to represent a masterpiece, so we paid attention to every little detail, and we were really critical about it,” she explained. “I don’t think anybody expected [the collaboration]. We always make sure to put our DNA in everything, but I think everybody was really surprised by this.”

Ready to shop the collection? Click here.

Cyrus creates stylish collection for Converse

If cool kicks are on your summer shopping list, look no further.

Singer Miley Cyrus’ new collaboration with Converse has finally arrived, according to PopSugar, and with it comes a lot of glitter, color and creativity. And for Cyrus, the design process was about giving her fans exactly what they’d expect of the colorful performer.

“I definitely had my fans in mind and in my heart when I was creating,” she said. “I put what they love about me and what I love about them into the design.”

Her designs range from pink-soled high-top Chuck Taylors to platforms with glittery laces, PopSugar says the star’s styles run the gamut — and even includes some clothing items, such as sweatshirts and track pants.

Perhaps the best part about her collection is that it’s totally inclusive: “No age, no gender, no sex — I wanted everyone to feel included,” she said of her designs.

Ready to shop the Converse x Miley Cyrus collection? Click here.

Beckham embarks on first Reebok collection

When you think “Victoria Beckham,” there’s a pretty good chance that words like “posh” or “fashion” pop into mind. But what about the word, “athleticwear”?

Well, now you can associate Posh Spice herself with the very word, because the first photos of her debut collection with Reebok have been released, and they all depict an ‘ode to Shaquille O’Neal,’ according to Harper’s Bazaar. So far, the photos show ’90s-inspired athleticwear modeled by Beckham and O’Neal, whose height disparity is on full display while standing next to the 7-foot-1 basketball giant.

Wearing matching looks from the collection, Harper’s Bazaar says Beckham shared photos of the unlikely duo in a series of Instagram posts, giving a peek of Shaq-inspired T-shirts, as well as her son Romeo wearing a sweatshirt from the line featuring a silhouette of Shaq delivering a signature slam dunk.

As for the specifics of the line, Harper’s Bazaar reports that the unisex line is will be available “soon,” and is the first installment of her collaboration with Reebok, which is rumored to include both apparel and footwear and debut later this year.

Shoe brand to release size-inclusive line

A model and a shoe brand walked into a design room — what they came up with was not the punch line of a corny joke, but size-inclusive shoes that are the perfect fit for any body.

According to Glamour, Jeffrey Campbell announced a collaboration with model La’shaunae Steward that provides a capsule collection of size-inclusive shoes. The five-piece collection promises that the designs will “fit your every curve,” says Glamour, keeping in mind that when they say their shoes “are made for everybody [they] truly mean everyBODY.”

So where did the idea for a size-inclusive footwear collection come from? Glamour says Steward and friend-slash-Jeffrey Campell creative direct Sanam Sindh once had a conversation about a lack of boots for curvy customers when the idea was hatched:

“I was telling her how a lot of the boots don’t fit thicker legs, and as my friend—who knows how the fashion world doesn’t celebrate fat brown women enough—she saw this as an opportunity for me, an underappreciated curve model.”

In helping to bring the line to life, Steward is not only opening the door for more inclusive designs to be created in the future, but also for consumers to see themselves represented by a brand.

“I grew up never being able to afford the things I like and for [a brand I’ve] loved since a young teenager to believe in me and to acknowledge me is amazing,” Steward told Refinery29 in an interview.

And she is amazing.

Disney teams up with designer for luxury shoe collection

Disney may be all about fairy tales and magic, but they may pale in comparison to the magic that is a brand-new Disney-inspired footwear collection.

According to PopSugar, fashion influencer and designer Chiara Ferragni has teamed up with shopDisney to “create a limited-edition capsule collection of footwear inspired by Minnie Mouse.”

The line, which is a total of only five pieces, offers both mules and sneakers as its primary styles, though don’t let that fool you: PopSugar says each pair is draped in “sparkly embellishments and luxe fabrics” that make these shoes just as stylish as they are comfortable.

As if you already weren’t getting the royal treatment, PopSugar reports that all styles are made in Italy with velvet, suede and patent leather.

So how much does a pair of these modern-day Disney glass slippers cost? By far the cheapest option clocks in at a lofty $299.95, while the most expensive totals $469.99.

Perhaps we’ll wait for a fairy godmother to send some our way!

To peruse the line, click here.

Hunter boots make debut at Target

Hunter boots are no longer reserved for those willing drop upwards of $100, thanks to a brand-new collaboration with Target.

According to Refinery29, the British retailer is partnering with everyone’s favorite one-stop shop to release “exclusive versions of the brand’s rain boots, raincoats, and backpacks.” Additionally, Refinery29 reports that the collaboration will also mark the first time Hunter will sell homewear items, including coolers, hammocks and sunshades, with over 300 products total included in the line. The best part — most of the collection will be priced under $30.

However exciting, the partnership does appear to be an oddball match; but for Hunter’s creative director Alasdhair Willis, one image changed the way he viewed the brand and its accessibility, reports Refinery29: a photo of Kate Moss wearing Hunter rain boots at a music festival in 2005.

“Our boots, outerwear, and backpacks are now worn at festivals across the globe, come rain or shine,” he said in a release. “Recognizing our shared spirit of adventure, getting outdoors and appeal to the whole family, we wanted to create a collection that celebrates that, whether that be a summer gathering in the backyard, weekends away, or at a music festival.”

With a communal, outdoor spirit in mind, the collaboration couldn’t come at a better time: Refinery29 says the collection will make its debut in Target stores and online on Sat., April 14.

L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham team up for bridal shoe collection

Bridal style is all about feeling beautiful and confident on your big day, and a brand-new collaboration is here to make sure you feel nothing but special at your wedding.

Cue L.K. Bennett and Jenny Packham’s new line of bridal handbags and shoes, which Cosmopolitan says includes “16 footwear designs with varying heel heights, bling, and appliqués” that “also includes four different handbags.” Inspired by Old Hollywood glamour, Cosmo says the line specifically drew on the styles of icons such as Bette Davis Vivien Leigh.

From classic T-strap heeled sandals to kitten-heeled slingbacks, the line employs timeless styles that are as classic as they are elegant. The styles — both handbags and shoes — feature delicate lace, bows and dainty embellishments that offer enough detail to make the accessories visually interesting without being distracting.

For Packham, combining her self-titled brand’s timeless style with that of L.K. Bennett’s was an easy project:

“There is a strong synergy between the L.K.Bennett woman and the Jenny Packham bride, so it seemed natural and very exciting for me to collaborate with their design team,” Packham said in the statement. “A project of passion, the combination of the Jenny Packham aesthetic with the renowned design heritage and quality of L.K.Bennett has resulted in a beautiful collection of shoes and bags of which I am very proud.”

Cosmo says the collection retails between $295 and $745, and is currently available at L.K. Bennett stores and on L.K. Bennett’s website here.

Hadid teams up with Stuart Weitzman for new shoe collaboration

Celebrity shoe collections seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but none are quite like the latest collaboration between Gigi Hadid and Stuart Weitzman.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the model worked alongside the famed shoe company’s new creative director, Giovanni Morelli, to create a line of mules that “reflect her own fashion sensibility.” So far, the collaboration offers two styles, says Harper’s Bazaar, which include “the EyeLove (in ballet and deep indigo suede, with one eye motif) and the EyeLoveMore (in frosted grey suede with multiple eyes) – each lined with shearling.”

Working off of an evil eye motif, Hadid told Bazaar that adding the symbol to her shoe designs is about much more than making a fashion statement.

“The evil eye is a powerful symbol meant to protect those who wear it from negative energies,” she said. “It’s emotionally comforting and beautiful and captivating to look at.”

While pieces from the line are not modest — they range from about $638 (£480) to about $765 (£575) — the collection isn’t all about high fashion and high price tags. In fact, Bazaar says that the line continues their long-standing relationship with Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that “aims to increase educational opportunities in the developing world.” The Hadid and Weitzman collection has already committed $105,000, says Bazaar, which will help build schools in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos.

Fashion and philanthropy — what could get better!

Cyrus collaborates with Converse

Everyone loves a comfy pair of sneakers, but thanks to Miley Cyrus, your next pair of kicks will be comfortable AND cool.

According to InStyle, the “Younger Now” singer recently took to Instagram to show off a few designs from her forthcoming collaboration with Converse. In four separate posts, InStyle says Cyrus revealed different samples from the line, giving followers a glimpse of a pink low-top sneaker with a sparkly silver platform, as well as a white high-top pair with a sparkly pink midsole and another white low-top style with a silver midsole.

Even in the midst of the glitter-fest, Cyrus did not forget about crafting an equally-stylish, yet un-sparkly shoe. Sharing a unisex styleInStyle says the singer posed with a white, low-top sneaker with a black and white bandana-print midsole, making for one ultra-modern, polished look.

Although no release date has been mentioned, one thing is for sure: we can’t wait for these super-sparkly kicks!