Allbirds Launches Colorful Flip Flops Made from Sugar

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/allbirds-launches-colorful-flip-flops-made-from-sugar/allbirds-sugar-zeffers-flipflops-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Allbirds-Sugar-Zeffers-flipflops-1-810x680.jpg" alt="Allbirds Launches Colorful Flip Flops Made from Sugar" /></a>
                                Our love of ridiculously comfortable <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Allbirds</a> kicks is <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/allbirds/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">well-documented</a> and the brand continues changing the shoe game with their latest: flip flops made from sugar. Yes, sugar. The Sugar Zeffers (<a href="https://www.allbirds.com/products/womens-sugar-zeffers"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Women&#8217;s</a> and <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/products/mens-sugar-zeffers?variant=12243311231045"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Men&#8217;s</a>) give nod to Japanese-style flip flops but feature a <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/pages/our-materials-sugar"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">SweetFoam<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></a> sole that was two years in the making. Typical soles are made from the heavily polluting, petroleum-based EVA plastic foam, but Sugar Zeffers are made with <span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;">the world&#8217;s first green-EVA, a material made from renewable sugar cane.</span>
The revolutionary material makes for a bouncy jaunt, conforming to your foot to offer premium comfort. Along with comfort and being made from sustainable materials (both high on our pros list), the flip flops, which come in four must-have colors, are designed to be minimalist with universal appeal that everyone can slide into for eternal happiness. Allbirds is truly doing things to change the footwear industry to make it
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Ica & Kostika Launches with the 3D Printed Mycelium Shoe

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ica-kostika-launches-with-the-3d-printed-mycelium-shoe/ica-kostika-mycelium-shoe-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Ica-Kostika-Mycelium-Shoe-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Ica &#038; Kostika Launches with the 3D Printed Mycelium Shoe" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.icakostika.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ica &amp; Kostika</a> just launched their 3D printing studio with the goal of creating fashion-forward footwear via computational design. The Mycelium Shoe is just as much sculpture as it is a shoe, an intricate work of art that&#8217;s designed to make a statement. Whether that statement is on a runway, Lady Gaga&#8217;s feet, or walking down a city street remains to be seen. While we don&#8217;t know where they&#8217;ve end up, we do know a bit about how they began.
The Mycelium Shoe benefits from the latest 3D printing has to offer. First, the future wearer downloads the app and uploads a series of photos of their feet. Their algorithm then creates a 3D sketch that allows for fit improvements before 3D printing and finishing with automotive grade technologies that make up the final structure. The result is a custom fit, wearable shoe with a unique silhouette that will surely
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UNIQLO and Marimekko Reveal Limited Edition Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/uniqlo-and-marimekko-reveal-limited-edition-collection/uniqloxmarimekko-collection-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/UniqloxMarimekko-Collection-1-810x422.jpg" alt="UNIQLO and Marimekko Reveal Limited Edition Collection" /></a>
                                Japanese clothing retailer <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/home/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO</a> revealed their latest collaboration and this one takes them all the way to Finland to partner with iconic Finish design house <a href="https://us.marimekko.com/#US"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marimekko</a>. The <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/marimekko/us/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO x Marimekko</a> special edition collection includes nine items featuring bold prints inspired by nature and urban lifestyle, designed by Marimekko pattern designer Maija Louekari.
The collaboration is a fitting one, as both brands aim to create products that enhance daily life, and with Marimekko’s beloved prints mixed with UNIQLO’s casual styling, it’s a no-brainer. The collection marks a brand-new print design and includes t-shirts (2 styles, 10 colors/patterns), French-sleeve blouses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), wide cropped pants (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), short-sleeved dresses (1 style, 4 colors/patterns), French-sleeve dresses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), canvas sneakers ((1 style, 3 colors/patterns), and bags (2 styles, 5 colors/patterns). The UNIQLO x Marimekko Collection will launch online and in stores on March 29th, 2018 at 9pm
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Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017

                                In 2017, Design Milk covered everything when it came to Style + Fashion – including wearable devices, architectural jewelry, geometric games, and eyeglasses made from sheet metal. Want to see which post from this category got the most love this year? Read on to find out&#8230;
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-style-fashion-posts-of-2017/ces2017_motiv-ring-011111/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/CES2017_motiv-ring-011111-810x556.jpg" alt="Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017" /></a>
                                10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/ces-2017-motiv-activity-tracker-ring/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">CES 2017: The Titanium-Encased Motiv Activity Tracker Ring</a><br />
This lightweight, waterproof titanium ring keeps tabs on the wearer’s daily activity, heart rate, and quality of sleep for up to 5 days per charge.
  1. Contemporary Jewelry Designed by an Architect
    Architect Ayça Ozbank merged her love of urban cities and jewelry to create Mara Paris, sculptural jewelry that’s wearable.
  1. The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers
    The cozy Wool Lounger from Allbirds combines the comfort and softness of a slipper with the style of a trendy, slip-on shoe.
  1. Jiwoong Jung’s “Hidden Time” Watch Is a Minimalist Magic Act By the Hour
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LOPER Shoes Launches 3 New Styles You Assemble at Home

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/loper-shoes-launches-3-new-styles-you-assemble-at-home/proef-loper-shoes-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/PROEF-Loper-Shoes-1-810x452.jpg" alt="LOPER Shoes Launches 3 New Styles You Assemble at Home" /></a>
                                Last year <a href="http://design-milk.com/loper-shoes-hand-assembled-rope-instead-glue/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">we featured the LOPER DIY shoes</a> that you assemble at home and now they&#8217;re launched three new shoes to round out the collection. <a href="http://proefdesigns.com/loper/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">LOPER</a>, which was created by Japanese label <a href="http://proefdesigns.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">PROEF</a> and Dutch footwear designer <a href="http://www.roderickpieters.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Roderick Pieters</a>, is a brand that aims to bring comfortable, reasonably priced shoes to the market. The simple designs are put together by you at home with its contrasting rope and not glue like most shoes use.
The new Autumn/Winter collection includes a lace-up, slip-on, and sandal, each in three colors to choose from. The LOPER shoes are available via Kickstarter here. By eliminating glue they’re able to make shoe factories more healthy, old shoes can be recycled, and worn out soles can easily be replaced with new ones when needed. The designs are vegan and made from premium, eco-friendly microfiber suede, which means they’re soft and comfortable.
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Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique

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                                Shoes are something that enter our lives in our early toddler years and remain a daily part of our lives until we cease to exist. When we wear them out or find a cool pair we like, we simply buy them, but do we ever really think about how that pair came to exist? While many shoes are just mass produced, there&#8217;s a wonderful niche of companies that keep it old school by making handcrafted shoes using traditional techniques. There&#8217;s nothing quite like slipping your foot into a shoe that was painstakingly made by a master craftsman, one shoe at a time. One company that still believes in the <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/feit/" data-wpel-link="internal">beauty of shoes</a> made by hand is <a href="https://www.feitdirect.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FEIT</a>, a New York-based brand that focuses on craftsmanship and natural materials. For this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, FEIT shares a look into the making of their hand sewn hiker boot.
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Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/luxury-goods-brand-feit-shares-their-shoe-making-technique/decon-feit_tull_hiker-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/07/Decon-FEIT_Tull_Hiker-0-810x555.jpg" alt="Luxury Goods Brand FEIT Shares Their Shoe Making Technique" /></a>
                                Shoes are something that enter our lives in our early toddler years and remain a daily part of our lives until we cease to exist. When we wear them out or find a cool pair we like, we simply buy them, but do we ever really think about how that pair came to exist? While many shoes are just mass produced, there&#8217;s a wonderful niche of companies that keep it old school by making handcrafted shoes using traditional techniques. There&#8217;s nothing quite like slipping your foot into a shoe that was painstakingly made by a master craftsman, one shoe at a time. One company that still believes in the <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/feit/" data-wpel-link="internal">beauty of shoes</a> made by hand is <a href="https://www.feitdirect.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FEIT</a>, a New York-based brand that focuses on craftsmanship and natural materials. For this month&#8217;s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>, FEIT shares a look into the making of their hand sewn hiker boot.
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adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith Special Editions

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-originals-x-kvadrat-stan-smith-special-editions/adidas-original-stan-smith-kvadrat-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/06/adidas-Original-Stan-Smith-Kvadrat-1-810x540.jpg" alt="adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith Special Editions" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">adidas Originals</a> is giving the <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals-stan_smith-shoes" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stan Smith</a> a new spin with the help of Danish textile company <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat</a>. The collaboration looks to Copenhagen for inspiration by decking these special editions with <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/collection/detail/uid/5297-0742/all-colours/show" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat&#8217;s Squares</a> fabric by Danish designer Vibeke Rohland. The textured fabric features a geometric pattern of dots in various colors atop a complementary background. Instead of the usual 3-stripe perforations on the sides, the adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith kicks are finished with embroidered lines, along with a contrasting fabric on the heel patch and classic white cupsoles.
The adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith sneakers will be available in Navy, Pink, and Core Black starting July 6th, 2017.
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The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="https://goo.gl/iBwLNC" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external" >Allbirds</a>. Our partners are hand picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                As I travel more and more, traveling light and efficiently have become my main priority. Gone are those days of lugging giant suitcases filled to the brim with clothes that are never worn. Instead, I’ll now go to Europe on a ten-day excursion with just a carry-on and my backpack.
However, that does mean one thing—I can no longer bring excess clothing or multiple pairs of shoes for those “just in case” situations. You  know—one ‘stylish’ pair, one everyday pair, one pair for in case my everyday pair starts to hurt my feet, and one more just for fun. Like furniture, I need shoes that combine form and function—all day comfort, and can be worn from daytime sightseeing to nighttime bar hopping. I have multiple
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Converse Launches the Chuck Modern Colors Collection

Converse Launches the Chuck Modern Colors Collection

Converse continues their Chuck Modern Collection with the unveiling of Chuck Modern Colors, the third installment where they take a look back on the brand’s iconic 108-year old history as a way to envision the future. Bringing today’s technological innovations to the legendary sneakers, they’ve created a modern and lightweight design that’s the perfect addition to the Chuck Taylor All Star family.

The Converse Chuck Modern Colors collection looks to the archives at the colors of the Chuck Taylor All Star kicks of the 1970s. They gave the colors a fresh update with a two-layer mesh upper that gives the sneakers a unique textural depth. The sneakers will be available in Black, Olive, Deep Bordeaux, Navy, and Ash Grey at Converse stores and on Converse.com.

The adidas AlphaBOUNCE Offers More Bounce to the Ounce

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-alphabounce-offers-bounce-ounce/adidas-alphabounce-01/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/06/adidas-alphabounce-01-600x400.jpg" alt="The adidas AlphaBOUNCE Offers More Bounce to the Ounce" /></a>
                                It&#8217;s not too often these days I find myself partaking in the stress/thrill of trying to purchase sneakers on launch day. I leave waiting in line in lawn chairs and tents for the young and determined, and even online, I tend to go for the low hanging fruit of footwear that I can purchase with just a few clicks of my mouse. Yet, there I was, up late last week trying with determination (or was it desperation?) to purchase a pair of <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us" >adidas</a>.
The adidas AlphaBOUNCE is the latest performance running silhouette, a continuation of the three-striped brand’s commitment to using technology to create an adaptive and more comfortable ride. Designed with the ARAMIS Digital Image Correlation System – an optical measurement system used by NASA to inspect the exterior of the space shuttle – adidas engineers were able develop a model based upon the natural movement of the foot, and in turn, design a shoe with an underside,
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Marc Thorpe Reimagines the Driving Shoe for Tod’s

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/marc-thorpe-reimagines-driving-shoe-tods-giulio-cappellini/tods-leo-shoe-marc-thorpe-1/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/05/Tods-Leo-Shoe-Marc-Thorpe-1-600x450.jpg" alt="Marc Thorpe Reimagines the Driving Shoe for Tod&#8217;s" /></a>
                                As part of 2016 <em><a href="http://www.tods.com/en_us/portraits/the-picture-of/looking-at-tods-leo-2016-portraits/">Looking at Tod&#8217;s Leo</a></em> project, legendary architect <a href="http://www.cappellini.it/en" >Giulio Cappellini</a> reached out to NYC-based <a href="http://marcthorpedesign.com/" >Marc Thorpe</a> to reimagine <a href="http://www.tods.com/en_us/" >Tod&#8217;s</a> iconic driving shoe. The project consists of five Italian designers, who presented their designs during Salone, and now Thorpe, who&#8217;s representing New York and will be unveiling his limited edition design in New York City on May 17th.
Tods-Leo-Shoe-Marc-Thorpe-2 Thorpe’s design plays off the Leo’s history that’s rooted in driving with the illusion of movement. One of the classic and most recognizable details of the Leo is its perforated rubber sole. Continuing that idea, the perforations rise to the top of the shoe and gradually fade out towards the heel. A contrasting color, which is also the color of the interior, is layered beneath the outer leather causing a visual gradation of movement. Tods-Leo-Shoe-Marc-Thorpe-3 Tods-Leo-Shoe-Marc-Thorpe-4
Giulio Cappellini and Marc Thorpe

Giulio Cappellini and Marc Thorpe

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3D Knitted Footwear Lets You Customize Color and Size of Each Shoe

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/3d-knitted-footwear-js-shoes/e7195fb2-5a50-4260-9f81-871ef2a523d5/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/02/e7195fb2-5a50-4260-9f81-871ef2a523d5-600x338.jpg" alt="3D Knitted Footwear Lets You Customize Color and Size of Each Shoe" /></a>
                                If you’re a shoe aficionado who wishes mixing and matching shoes was possible without having to buy excessive pairs, you might want to head over to <a href="http://www.jsshoe.com/" >JS Shoes</a>. According to the Los Angeles-based company, not only are they customizable, they are also the world’s first ever 3D knitted shoes.
JS-Shoes-blue Specialized machines use a 3D knitting method that produces just enough material needed for each shoe, minimizing waste and aiding in the shoe’s lightweight, breathable design. This method also helps to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and required manpower. JS-Shoes-machine JS-Shoes-sketch JS-Shoes-sketch-2 JS-Shoes-scale JS Shoes operates on a “buy one by one” strategy, so you can buy a different size or color for each foot, if you choose. Comfortable and form-fitting, the minimalistic shoe only has three layers (the knitted upper, the out sole, and the cushion), making it easy to customize in order to mix and match. JS-Shoes-blue JS-Shoes-closeup JS-Shoes-knit JS-Shoes-outsole JS-Shoes-customize-screen JS-Shoes-yellow-pink JS-Shoes-rainbow JS-Shoes-rainbow-closeup The kicker? JS Shoes are only $80-$100/pair,
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