REUSE: New Shoes From Old Shoes.

17. January 2022 | Material, Waste | via

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Petersons Stoop Synergy Mule by Jelske Peterson and Jarah Stoop. (Credit:

Amsterdam based footwear and accessory design company Petersons Stoop pioneers a sustainable approach to footwear production and design. The design duo and their small team take apart second hand shoes in order to give them new life. By sewing together all the separated leather pieces they created a patchwork-like material called new skin, which then was used to cut out the pattern pieces of their Petersons Stoop Synergy Mule. “Each mule is one of a kind. Showing the hand of the first maker in the unpicked stitches. Usually made in Vietnam, India or China. The next interesting layer is brought to the shoes by the previous wearer, the wear is a sign of the energy and movement that has been put into the material. By taking the shoes apart we captured this energy in the material. The synergy between Nike and Adidas makes this shoe so beautiful and distressing at the same time.” The shoes come in a dust bag made from a secondhand shirt and a second hand Nike shoe box, wrapped in an outdated Dutch newspaper. Hence, you will get the best recycled packaging possible.

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