Public School’s Lab-Brewed Bio-Leather Sneakers

Through Slow Factory’s One x One science incubator program, Public School NY teamed up with Dr Theanne Schiros (of Columbia University and FIT) to make sneakers designed from leather grown in a natural fermentation process. The method (similar to how kombucha is made)  results in a material that can be formed to any mold, without excess—drastically reducing the waste produced. “The idea of a bacterially …

adidas Skateboarding + UNITY Collaboration Collection

Representing, supporting and celebrating the queer skate community

Jeffrey Cheung—an artist, activist and skateboarder—co-founded UNITY with Gabriel Ramirez in order to represent, support and celebrate queer skaters within a culture historically infamous for its homophobic tendencies. The skate collective organizes skate days that create safe spaces for people of all sexual orientation, gender, color, age and ability; give away decks to queer people of color; and mobilize the community for skate protests—not to …

Converse Unveils the Sustainable Chuck Taylor All Star Crater

Three sneakers reference Nike's Space Hippie effort, but remain true to their iconic silhouette

The 100-year-old Chuck Taylor All Star remains not only Converse‘s most popular offering, but also one of the most universally recognizable sneakers. The brand’s desire to develop the shoe with more sustainable materials could have comprised the classic style, but designers decided to “preserve the DNA of the world’s most iconic sneaker”—a brief that seems simple at first, but proves more difficult as you attempt …