Sustainable Vegan Footwear: 87s by Ontems
Handcrafted in Portugal by skilled craftsmen, this family run company have overhauled the canvas shoe.
Ontems are actively taking steps to change the shoe industry, going out of their way to source materials to bring maximum effect with minimal impact.
Ontems ethos is to create a natural, durable and biodegradable shoe where the largest impact to the environment will be the ground you step on. Ontems spent a considerable amount of time researching, testing and developing ways to reuse and refine plastics with the help of governing bodies, recycling companies and fabrication labs but found the practice merely prolongs the timeline in which waste reaches landfill. This is more of a hinderance to the environment due to the forecasted energy consumption that is needed to up-cycle & recycle harmful plastics that usually make shoes unsustainable.
The solution- Ontems use hand picked premium organic cotton to make a softer, hypoallergenic canvas and it lasts a lot longer than regular cotton. Those with irritable skin rejoice as there is no use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals such as chlorine or chemical dyes, instead water-based alternatives are used.
But that’s not all, let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture- they are protecting the ecosystem from extra harmful waste and plastics, reducing wastage of water and ensuring a safer working environment for the farmers and manufacturers, not to mention the animals and the toxin-free environment.
How to style:
These classic sneakers deserve authentic styling. For a rad 90s look, pair your 87s with dirty denim. For an understated look, team them with the Levis mom jeans, and a signature white tee. Or switch it up with a slightly uptown feel and team them with a midi pleat skirt and a relaxed-fit shirt.
For those living in a colder climate, you might think sneakers won’t keep you warm- you’re wrong! The 87s has reinforced layers to keep you moving, even in lower temperatures. Go with the flow (back to the 70s) and pair them with wide leg corduroys, a turtleneck, and a cosy (vegan) coat- style this with or without socks.
If you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate, dress it up like Baby from Dirty Dancing and pair the 87s with some denim shorts and an over-sized white shirt.
The best thing about this shoe is it’s unisex. So, men, pair the sneakers with jeans, corduroys, chinos, and joggers. For a casual look, team with a short-sleeve shirt. And for an evening look, make an entrance with a more formal shirt.
View the 87s here: https://ontems.com/