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Upcycled Kitten Heels

Ancuta Sarca Turns Old Nike Trainers Into Chic Kitten Heels

— May 24, 2022 — Art & Design
London fashion designer Ancuta Sarca has unveiled a new lineup of reworked Nike shoes for footwear brand Browns. Sarca sourced 100 pairs of old Nike sneakers and has revamped them into a collection of exclusive Y2K-inspired heels.

High heel silhouettes such as the mule, slingback, and kitten heel are reworked with Nike uppers and heavy influence from Formula 1 cars, adding a sporty touch to every outfit. The hybrid footwear is praised for its unconventional approach to sustainable production, with many realizing the real effects of overconsumption and fast fashion. Sarca challenges what she perceives as the masculine aesthetic of Nike by creating a feminized version of the popular trainers.

Consumers will be able to purchase the one-of-a-kind Ancuta Sarca heels at the Browns website or select retail locations.

Image Credit: Ancuta Sarca
Trend Themes
1. Upcycled Fashion - There is a growing demand for environmentally friendly fashion, and upcycling can provide a sustainable solution for fast fashion waste.
2. Sustainable Footwear - Consumers are becoming more aware of the negative impact of footwear production on the environment, creating opportunities for sustainable footwear businesses to disrupt this industry.
3. Crossover Designs - Hybrid footwear designs are gaining popularity as a creative way to merge fashion with sustainability, allowing for unique, eco-conscious fashion innovation.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - The fashion industry has a unique opportunity to balance its environmental impact with customer demand for distinctive, sustainable products.
2. Footwear - Innovation in footwear design and production is needed to address the environmental effects of fast fashion waste and to cater to consumer interest in sustainable products.
3. Retail - The retail industry has the opportunity to promote and showcase sustainable fashion lines and conscious consumerism, offering a unique shopping experience for a growing market.
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