The recycled tire soles on these gorgeous chrome-free boots might just make a dent in the one billion tires that we toss a year.
By rachelsarnoff on August 03, 2009
Got boots? You might think about another pair, when you see the picture-perfect boots with recycled tire soles from Green Bees
that we’re giving away this month. No, they’re not vegan, but these
leathers are processed traditionally, without heavy metals or
formaldehyde, then treated with natural oils so that they develop a
natural patina that changes in appearance over time.
Designed in California by the daughters of a family-run company that has manufactured shoes
for decades, these boots are fair-trade hand-made in Mexico from
locally sourced materials, such as the recycled tire soles. Green Bees
discovered that the rubber from one tire can be used in four pairs
of soles, which becomes more important this fall when the company will
introduce both men’s and kids’ shoes. “We want a family of four to be
able to wear Green Bees and know they’ve taken one tire out of the
landfill,” explained co-founder Irene Clancy.
Said soles probably won’t make a dent in the one billion tires that
we throw away annually to sit in a landfill leaching chemicals into our
soil and groundwater for thousands of years, but it’s a start. Plus,
for every Green Bees purchase, Trees for the Future will plant a tree.
But back to the boots. The delicately embroidered Thencha is a new
take on an old classic fusing together the classic styling of an
with the rugged comfort of a cowboy boot; the Erma features the same
shape, without the embroidery. In oh-so-perfect colors like coal, honey
and rustic, they feature a low heel, traditional styling and an
extra-wide shaft for that perfect, worn-in look to transition you from
beach-day barbeques to leafy picnics in the park.
The ever-so-generous Green Bees team will give us two pairs to give
to you. Your choice: At $270 (Erma) or $298 (Thencha) a pair, that’s
nearly $600 in boots! Go on, get some!
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