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Reformation Just Relaunched It's Eco-Conscious Shoe Line With Ambitious New Sustainability Goals

ELLE logo ELLE 4/05/2021 Monisha Rudhran
a pair of feet on a table: Reformation has stepped into footwear (again). The relaunched shoe collection features new sustainability credentials and an ambitious environmental agenda. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Reformation has stepped into footwear (again). The relaunched shoe collection features new sustainability credentials and an ambitious environmental agenda.

Shoes are one of the most environmentally disastrous parts of our wardrobes. Their problematic status is prevalent in every part of their lifespan: from the often untraceable leathers and large amounts of plastic and glue used in their construction, to the nature of that construction makes them incredibly difficult to break down or recycle—troubling when it's reported that 90% of shoes end up in landfill.

Reformation, the trendy clothing brand for the aspirational 'cool girl' who also cares about sustainability, are aiming to do better with their new shoe collection, Ref Shoes. While there has been a past iteration of Ref Shoes, as well as sought-after collaborations with the likes of Hoka One One and New Balance, the new designs are a level up. Both in regard to the occasions you'd wear the strappy sandal offering and their environmentally conscious efforts.

"Despite material innovation in the sneaker space, the dress shoe category remains mostly static and footwear still represents between 18-25% of the total carbon emissions of the fashion industry," Kathleen Talbot, Reformation's Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Operations explained to Harper's BAZAAR.


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"We've focused on making Ref Shoes 2.0 more sustainable across the entire supply chain, starting with deeper traceability of our leather and working exclusively with Leather Working Group Gold and Silver rated tanneries that use best-in-class water, energy and chemical management practices. We also focused on cutting virgin plastic by 75% in this collection, replacing virgin plastic in key components with recycled or bio-based alternatives."

The brand has also originated an innovative partnership with Looptworks, a company that works to upcycle and repurpose discarded products into limited edition items. Similar-but-different to the recently launched Re/Done jeans reselling platform, Reformation customers will be able to use the program to trade in items that no longer serve them or spark joy.

While the new spate of Reformation shoes currently on offer cater a little better to the incoming warm weather of the Northern hemisphere, there's nothing stopping Australian Reformation fans from foraying into sock-and-sandals territory. With minimal leather thong sandals, strappy '90s-inspired heels and sweet slides, we imagine this collection will be a popular one.

The new Ref Shoe collection is priced from $148 to $416 and is available to shop online now at Reformation.

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