Here’s to sustainability in sneakerdom: the undulating wave-like curves on this ocean-inspired sneaker are threads made from reclaimed, recycled plastic ocean waste. The Ocean Plastic Program’s goal is to end plastic pollution of the oceans.
Prototype sneaker: Adidas, in partnership with Parley for the Oceans, and industrial designer Alexander Taylor ( Retail availability 2016)
There’s a lot more to see in “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Though it’s a mostly boy-centric show, I still found things of interest — like these silver moon-boots…
Sneaker moon boots! (well, sorta)
2014: 100 pairs were created in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing, and released on July 20 at 4:18 pm, the exact time of the landing of the lunar module in 1969. This sneaker sold for $196.90 to honor the date.
GE, Android Homme, and JackThreads collaborated on the design, using GE materials, including GE’s silicone rubber (as in original moon-walk boots) .
Still shiny — Christian Louboutain Roller-Boat.
2012. Gold pony-skin uppers with studs, for men who “treat shoes very much as objects, as collectors’ items.”
And while we’re still on in the realm of gold, let’s segue to sports…
Puma and Undefeated, Clyde Gametime Gold, 2012
Puma archive – these are an homage to the gold medal winners of the US Olympic basketball team.
Next, here’s an early pair of lady-shoes (yes I know I’ve already complained that there’s not much here for women).
For the ladies: Dominion Rubber Company Fleetfoot, c. 1925
The apology here is that, “there were still concerns that women’s participation in athletics would detract from their femininity.” Hence the high heel. *sigh* Still, it’s a unique show and well worth a visit if you live in the Atlanta area — on view through August 14, 2016.
Now for more thoughts on shoes and sustainability. If I google “average number of shoes a person owns” the consensus from scads of articles seems to be “about 19 or 20,” at least for women. In view of that pair above I’m guessing the reason we have so many is that we’re still looking for some that are comfortable.
I’ve been reading The Boomer Burden, Dealing with your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff, by Julie Hall. This morning, among sad facts like “Americans use 14 billion plastic shopping bags annually” (could that be true?) I read, “The average American buys 6.7 pairs of shoes a year.” Hmm, I am not innocent. I bought a new pair of sandals on sale last fall, and I’ve been staring hard at the soles of my walking shoes and wishing to replace them.
Now I’m off to count my shoes. I must have some I can donate.
How many pairs of shoes are in your closet?
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