At the start of the school year, sneakers are becoming more eco-responsible

Recycled polyester fabrics and laces, apple skin upper or a sole made from 50% recycled production scraps, for the start of the school year, Balzac Paris is offering Persienne, a short line of eco-friendly sneakers.

The Pongo, one of the models of the Persienne collection by Balzac Paris – DR

On the one hand, the predominantly black and white Pongo and, on the other, the Leo adorned with leopard, two emblematic prints of women’s fashion brands.

Available from September 8 on the brand’s e-shop and sold for 175 euros, these sneakers made in Portugal are part of the eco-responsibility approach that the “digital native brand” has cultivated since its inception.

In spring 2022, the Persienne collection should expand further, but in the meantime Balzac is launching its first children’s collection and is working on the opening of a first physical store in Paris in the coming months.

Le Pampa Hi Re-Craft de Palladium – DR

Palladium has also been developing more “green” products for several seasons. The footwear brand founded in Lyon more than 70 years ago, passed two years ago under the bosom of the Chinese Xtep, is currently offering Re-Craft.

This collection revisits three of its flagship models by making them a little more eco-responsible, while giving them a more futuristic look. In canvas and rubber, its iconic Pampa model, created in 1947 for the Foreign Legion, is thus adorned with scraps of fabric intended to be discarded and a sole in recycled material.

The Pampa Hi Craft comes in five colors, including orange and electric blue. The Pallashock (109.95 euros), flagship model of the 90s with its thick sole, is also redesigned in a greener approach, just like the Palla Ace.

The sneakers concocted by Le Lissier and The Ethiquette – DR

In a completely different genre, two brands are joining forces around a sneaker based on the circular economy. On the one hand, Le Lissier, a label founded two years ago by Nicole Carrousset, specialist in the making of sneakers in second-hand upholstery fabrics, and on the other, The Ethiquette, designed by Elena Feit who creates fashion pieces with offcuts from haute couture houses.

Together, the two labels gave birth to two pairs of sneakers. The first is adorned with ivory brocade, a fabric used in the 17th century to line royal interiors, and the second with a zebra fabric inspired by the 80s. These models are sold 159 euros and available on the websites of the two brands .

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