Sustainable Boots Made From Repurposed Materials
Sustainable apparel developer and manufacturer Frank And Oak has launched Nevasca, a winter boot made with recycled materials including recycled rubber and plant-dyed leather.
Named after the Portuguese word for ’snowstorm’, the Nevasca boot is handcrafted and ethically made in a factory outside the city of Porto, Portugal. Billed as a “high-performance winter boot traditionally crafted in Portugal and built for northern climates”, the boots are made using discarded coffee husks combined with recycled rubber to create sturdier toe caps and mudguards and recycled wool felt to produce a warm but breathable lining.
According to the company, Nevasca is designed to be a bridge between a style that is light enough to wear throughout the day but offers warmth and comfort, has great traction and repels snow and slush.
“It’s a complex product because there’s the aesthetic component, the performance component and the sustainability component,” the company said.
Frank And Oak founded in Montreal, Quebec in 2012 by Ethan Song and Hicham Retani, has been manufacturing and marketing a line of sustainably focused clothing including outerwear, denim and cotton t-shirts for several seasons. The Nevasca boot marks the kick-off of the company’s eco-conscious footwear line, the founders said.
Inspiration for the boot came from recent innovations in sustainability in other footwear products such as sneakers and sandals. “Living in Canada, we needed to apply all this learning and technology to footwear for our climate,” the company founders said.
Available in two colors for both men and women, the unisex style is water-repellent and lined with recycled wool felt for extra warmth. Stylishly fashioned, the boots feature round brown laces for the cognac boots and black laces for black boots, with an extra pair of bright-red striped laces.
© Scrap Tire News, January 2020