Following on from its “Vegan Tabi” release, the NYC-based sustainability-focused footwear brand ILYSM is set to launch its latest “Metal Tabi” sneaker. Designers Alice Wang and Sara Jaramillo continue to tap into the current tabi trend. Taking inspiration from 15th century traditional Japanese socks, ILYSM builds on its reinterpretation of that aesthetic adding a 21st century touch.
The all-black sneaker features a Tencel lining on the upper created from renewable wood pulp and an insole crafted from more renewable cork, resting over two layers of recycled foam keeping your feet comfortable and your conscience clear. As with previous releases, the tabi takes into account consumer worries, conforming to the shape of the individual’s foot all the while being fully machine washable for ease.
ILYSM continues to prove that it’s possible to create trend-setting products whilst having a minimal impact on the earth. Finding the balance between using high-quality materials, functional integrity and innovation, its practice of sustainable manufacturing throughout its entire process is a lesson in conscious consumerism.
The “Metal Tabi” is currently available for pre-order on ILYSM’s website ahead of its official release date on February 10 and retail for $129 USD.
In other tabi news, take a look at Maison Margiela’s latest take on the classic “Mary Jane” silhouette.