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LOOK: Valentino launches recycled and plant-based sneakers that don't compromise on style

By Yoniel Acebuche Published Jan 24, 2022 4:46 pm

Sustainability at its finest.

Maison Valentino has dropped its sustainable fashion footwear Open and Rockstud Untitledtwo of the brand’s most popular sneakers with a more conscious-driven ethos of primarily using plant-based and recyclable materials in their products while continuing to reflect the aesthetic and trademark motifs of the Maison.

The Italian fashion house's "Open for a Change” collection makes use of viscose and polyurethane of corn-derived polyols as an alternative to leather. Its laces are made from recycled rubber soles and polyester, with some nylon studs taking each pair to the next level.

“Available in a variety of different colorways, these models lay on a foundation of bio-based materials, employed as an alternative to leather produced from viscose and polyurethane of corn-derived polyols,” the brand wrote in a statement.

“The path undertaken by Valentino Garavani Open for a Change is marked by the desire to change gears while sticking to the brand’s artisanal tradition,” it added.

The sideband colors of the Open sneakers are in green and black, but there is also a plain white version perfect for those who prefer a more mono look. The Rockstud edition, meanwhile, showcases colored studs. All pairs are designed with white studs near the heels.

The new line is now available in Valentino’s boutiques worldwide and online at $690 for the Open edition and $850 for Rockstud Untitled.