At Paris Fashion Week, vegan footwear designer Mats Rombaut - the man who brought us lettuce slides - debuted unisex biodegradable sneaker heels as part of his Dysmorphia collection.
The “sexy orthopedic-inspired” heels range from utilitarian-looking sandals to thigh-high multicoloured velvet boots and heeled cowboy boot/sneaker hybrids. And they're all designed with sustainability and inclusivity in mind. Rombaut’s shoes are made from a biodegradable thermoplastic and have a removable steel heel.
While some of Rombaut's heeled sneakers are available now, his full collection will be released in March 2020.
At London Fashion Week, it was Romanian designer Ancuta Sarca who brought us a sneaker-heel fusion in the form of a Nike kitten heel. The designer has made a name for herself by repurposing old sneakers. She combines mostly pointy toe heels with a sneaker tongue and laces.
“I had too many old Nike trainers and heels at home that I didn’t wear anymore, so I decided to transform them in such a way that I could wear them again,” said Sarca. “I have started developing this idea since then by collecting old sneakers and heels that people don’t want to wear anymore and I am repurposing them and giving them a second life.”
“I read in an article that it is estimated that there is over £30 billion worth of clothing sitting in wardrobes across the U.K. that has not been worn for over 12 months, which is shocking,” Sarca told Forbes. “As a fashion designer, this made me question myself and how can I contribute to changing this.”