The new collection from shoe company, Above+Below London™, uses ‘rare, vintage and ultra rare’ iconic textiles from the 1950s through to the 1990s. The shoes are made from fabrics reclaimed from seats on London’s tubes and buses, after being recognised by Robert Taylor (art graduate) and Caroline Read (film maker) as genuine relics of London’s design heritage. They managed to rescue the fabrics before they were lost forever to landfill or incineration.
The range features 11 designs, all named after tube lines and designed by an ex-Central St Martin’s graduate. They’re manufactured in the hills of Portugal and sold through uber-cool Hoxten boutiques. And for every pair sold, they plant a tree near the M25. (Thanks, Andy P.)