Phoenix by Wair
The Phoenix sneaker has a classic design yet it also models the future. Specifically, a future where the circular economy makes sure that no resources go to waste. Named after the mythical bird, the Phoenix rises from the (tr)ashes.
Why they’re good?
The team at Wair specializes in finding opportunities to loop waste back into the production cycle. And they do it in a more radical way than most. The Phoenix model is crafted from a variety of discarded textiles. It includes uppers made from old workwear and denim, and recycled tablecloths for the inner lining. They also thoughtfully select their other materials. For example, the soles are made with 70% recycled rubber and the laces from 100% recycled cotton.
On top of their waste recovery efforts, we love that Wair’s shoes are crafted in Portugal at a family-owned factory. In other words we know that the makers are treated fairly, which is not a given for the mainstream mass producing brands (see examples, here, here, and here).
Colourways: Blue on blue, White & Blue, Black & White, Blue & White