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Photo courtesy Above+Below London

Take your feet off the seats and put the seats on your feet!

by Kamilah Fabien

Skinflint is going Trendy this week and what’s trendier than recycling?

Well probably lots of things are. But with many recent initiatives to reduce the amount of waste produced there have been some very innovative ways of recycling.

How does a shoe made from recycled products strike you? And if you like that idea what about the fact that these shoes are made from recycled upholstery from the Tube?

Above+Below London is committed to doing their bit to help the environment and designed sneakers with upholstery from ten London Underground lines. These sneaks are 100% percent recycled.

The upholstery from the Underground was collected by owners of Above+Below London throughout the 1950’s and 1990’s and the soles of the sneakers are made from recycled tire parts.

Even the leather used on the upper parts of the sneakers was recycled from old check books.

These kicks are great for the environment

Aside from being 100% recycled, the owners of Above+Below London have committed to donate a tree for every pair of the sneakers that are bought.

They are working together with Trees for Cities to plant these trees inside the M25.

Above+Below London’s website is also designed to use less energy because of its black background.

Designer kicks

Robert Taylor and Caroline Read, Above+Below creators, have been collecting upholstery from tube and bus lines for several years.

Dame Vivienne Westwood (well-known UK designer) used the fabric to make some elevated court shoes and those served as the inspiration for the current line of sneakers.

Where can you buy them?

Urban Remade is the main place where you can these shoes and this store is affiliated with Above+Below London.

You can also buy these sneakers at The Natural Shoe Store and the London Transport Museum.

These designer kicks will set you back between £70 and £90 and we know that it’s a lot for a skinflint, but they are one hundred percent recycled and good for the environment.

And if you think of it as paying to make a statement rather than as paying 90 quid for a pair of sneaks you might find that the price is just right.

 

 

 

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