Reformation’s new collection of sustainable footwear is a foot above the rest


When you think about reducing your carbon footprint, several things come to mind: bringing your own lunch container to reduce waste, replacing disposable items in your skin care routine, and purchasing durable clothing. Changing shoes didn’t seem like the logical first step – until now.

It was only a matter of time before Reformation, known for its durability and stunning pieces, entered the shoe space. The brand launched its new “Ref Shoes” category on Thursday with 11 vintage-inspired styles ranging from $ 128 to $ 218. It was a long time coming, but even Reformation founder and CEO Yael Aflalo admits it hasn’t been easy.

The collection includes sandals, flats and heels made from materials such as chrome-free leather and jute, with a manufacturing process that saves an average of 52% on CO2 emissions, 70% on water and 65% waste compared to other American shoe brands. This was no small feat given the many challenges in making sustainable clothing, especially footwear, but it was important to Reformation given that footwear contributes about a fifth of the negative impact of the business. clothing industry on the environment.

“When it comes to the footwear space, we were really surprised at how much progress had to be made and it was particularly difficult to find factories that met our standards,” said Alafo. “We asked tough questions and challenged our suppliers to meet Reformation’s crazy high standards in an effort to impact production practices and provide people with better alternatives. “

It seems like all of this hard work has paid off as the new collection is mind blowing, proving that you don’t have to sacrifice style for durability. The range includes simple silhouettes paired with delicate details like braided laces, stiletto heels and spaghetti straps. We especially love this pair of green block heel sandals, and we feel good knowing they’re good for the planet too.

“Shoes are the most requested item by our customers, so it made sense that the next step in our mission was to bring sustainable fashion to everyone,” said Alafo. “We are delighted that we can now offer our customers more sustainable options from head to toe. “

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