Louis Vuitton Releases its First Sustainable, Unisex Shoe

Louis Vuitton has released its latest unisex sneaker that is the luxury brand’s most sustainable yet, featuring 90% recycled and bio-sourced materials. 

Called the “Charlie” shoe, it features a white upper made from recycled polyester and Biopolioli, a corn-based plastic, as well as a sole made from 94% recycled rubber. The laces are also recycled, and the back of the shoe is made with Econyl, derived from nylon waste. Finally, the insole and lining are made from recycled polyurethane and recycled polyester. Even the box the shoe comes in is made from 100% recycled cardboard that can turn into a transportable bag. 

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Even though the sneaker’s main focus is its environmental impact, that doesn’t mean the brand has overlooked its style. The Charlie features a monochrome colour palette with Louis Vuitton’s distinctive logo along the sides, so you can go about your day knowing that your sneakers look good and do good, too. Its genderless design allows the Charlie to fit seamlessly into any outfit.

The Charlie will be available in both low and high-top styles (retailing at HK$9,550 and HK$10,000 respectively) in EU sizes 34 to 42. 

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This sneaker is a significant step for the luxury fashion world, as it hasn’t been as fast to adopt eco-friendly practices as the rest of the fashion sector. Hopefully, this shoe will be the first of many more eco-friendly products that will pave the way for more development in the luxury space!

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