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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Stylishly Sustainable: Urban Remade Shoes

I'm posting a lot about shoes recently. But then again, I love shoes.

Urban Remade are particularly great though. I discovered them through Fashion-Conscience, and I love the concept:

"The collection exclusively incorporates rare, vintage and ultra rare iconic retro textiles from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's reclaimed from seats on London's Underground tube carriages and buses." Read more here.

Not only that, but the trim is 100% recycled or repurposed leather, the Sole is 33% recycled tyre rubber. All 100% salvaged UK waste. Awesome.

District Line - Such a bad print that it's good, so good. They don't make 'em like this anymore! £66.41

Central Line - I spend 1/3 of my commute (yes there are depressingly 3 parts) on the central line, so this is fitting. A lovely utilitarian print, it says 'I'm going to work, and the central line is generally reliable. At least you're not on the circle line!' £91.96

Another 1/3 of my journey is on the Victoria Line - where this print is from. Vintage! £66.41

They don't have any London Midland fabrics. The other 1/3 of my journey. Unsurprisingly. I'll help them tear a few strips out though.....
The Island Line - 'The line from Ryde St John's Road to Shanklin was originally built as part of the Isle of Wight Railway, which opened on 23 August 1864.' Apparently. Best found print though, check it out. Snazzy. £66.41.

So they're not cheap, but you know exactly where the materials have come from and who made them. And they are of course very rare and basically one of a kind.

Own a bit of British Transport history! Yeah! Go railway!

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