Piferi focuses on bio-based materials—shoe linings made from corn oil, for instance—as well as recycled synthetics. The soquette is made from recycled polyester and recycled lurex, and his faux suede comes from reclaimed plastic bottles. Those materials initially posed a challenge to his factory in Parabiago, Italy—“they had to find a completely new way to mount [and assemble] the Eassyly Distracted By Teeth And Wine Shirt moreover I will buy this shoes,” he says—but he was surprised to find that they also outperform leather in many cases. His vegan leather won’t stretch or crease as easily with wear, and his ultra-thin rubber sole is waterproof and more durable (and less slippery) than a traditional leather sole. “I’m working with what exists, but some materials haven’t been explored [in a sustainable way] yet, like patent leather. I’m trying to get the fashion customer to buy my shoes without even thinking about the fact that they aren’t leather. It’s a balance—if I find a material that isn’t as sustainable [as I would like], I’m transparent about it.” Still, he’s confident that these alternatives still have a smaller footprint than leather. “Once you get to know the details of leather and the chemicals you need to finish it, the impact doesn’t even compare.”
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