Look out Chuck Taylor, there’s a new sneaker on the block, and it believes in recycling… with style: Above + Below London.
These kicks are made from 100% reclaimed materials, primarily cut from the covers of old London Underground (aka, the Tube) and London Bus seats. The leather trim is 100% recycled or repurposed leather and the rubber sole is from old tires! What about production, you say? Above + Below doesn’t believe in low wage labor and unfair trade, so their up-cycled trainers are made in Europe, sweatshop-free.
The project of reclaiming these seat covers started 10 years ago, lead by Robert Taylor, a Central Saint Martin’s grad, and film maker Caroline Read. They saw the value of rescuing these iconic materials, dating from the 50’s to the 90’s, from a one way trip to the landfill, and created a new product with a lot of character (and quite a history!).
Bright, vibrant, well-made shoes with an eco-concious design… Brilliant use of ingenuity!
Want a pair for yourself? You can buy here