Renowned footwear designer Manolo Blahnik is adding some green to his shoe designs. Blahnik is creating two eco-friendly shoe styles made from sustainable materials. The footwear giant is teaming up with sustainable designer Marcia Patmos to create the shoes which will be made entirely of discarded tilapia skins, raffia and cork .
Patmos tells Women’s Wear Daily, “I am always researching sustainable materials and developments. I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it’s actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods. I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market, it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags.”
One design is a double-strap, open-toe, flat sandal while the other is a high-heel style. Both shoes will come in nude, yellow, black and electric blue. The shoes will retail for $895 dollars and be available in the spring.