New Balance newSKY

New Balance newSKY

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Being environmentally conscious doesn’t necessarily mean ending up with a product like the Smart Car that is—be honest—heinous looking. New Balance went back to the drawing board with their new line of newSKY shoes and ended up with a shoe made up of fabric constructed of 95% recycled PET plastic bottles. The recycled bottles are spun into fabric that eventually ends up as the upper of the shoe and the laces. In order to stick with a solid profile and a shoe that’s comfy, they took out all the extraneous stuff and what’s left is one of the most minimalistic, beautiful pairs of kicks we’ve seen in a while. Available with a gray upper and red, white or black accents, this is one case where less really is more.

The Martin Wholecut Oxford Is Handmade from a Single Piece of Italian Leather The Martin Wholecut Oxford Is Handmade from a Single Piece of Italian Leather
The Martin Wholecut Oxford Is Handmade from a Single Piece of Italian Leather PARTNER

For those who find attention-grabbing brogues and ornate details a bit too flashy but who still want a pair of attractive, well-made dress shoes, The Martin Wholecut is the answer. Handmade in Italy out of a single piece of Italian calfskin leather, the rich, supple dress shoes feel exceedingly comfortable and look sleek without being over the top. Each is outfitted with a leather lining, a matching leather sole, and is even painted by hand. Plus, thanks to the Blake construction, The Martin Wholecut Oxfords feel light and flexible.

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