Something is changing in the luxury shoe sector thanks to new sustainable “vegan” brands. Alfredo Piferi, formerly the head designer at Jimmy Choo, debuted his collection composed of sleek and 100% vegan boots and curvy sandals with removable components, like a rhinestone bracelet or soquette ruffle at the ankle. Piferi focuses on bio-based materials—shoe linings made from corn oil, for example—as well as recycled synthetics. The soquette is made from recycled polyester and recycled Lurex, and his faux suede comes from reclaimed plastic bottles. Pilfer was surprised to find that his vegan materials also outperform leather in many cases.


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