Element's Emerald collection for the Fall/Winter 2014 season features an unusual silhouette for its mid-top sneakers.
The intriguing new design of the Hakone, for example, is part desert boot, part contemporary sneaker. The rustic new look happens to be equipped with the same performativity as the rest of the brand's sneakers, which is evidenced by high-performance features such as the Eco Step Vibram outersole, the Ortholite insole and Phylon midsole. Other details and features include a Bamboo lining and a mesh inner sock, which was added for greater breathability and comfort.
The Eco Step Vibram sole, in particular, is made from 30% recycled rubber, showing that the brand is staying environmentally conscious with its designs and materials.