Don’t Feel Guilty About Your Fetish
One of the toughest things about going green has been suppressing my passion for gorgeous footwear. Usually shoes touted as vegan are made from PVC or other un-sustainable/toxic materials. When Mink’s founder Rebecca started in 2000, it was nearly impossible to find a factory in Italy who would even entertain the idea of making vegan shoes, but finally she unearthed a family-run business open to working with her – they even helped her to create a natural rubber glue that, to their surprise, turned out to be more durable than the conventional animal-based glues.
Now, Rebecca’s delighted to see ethical shoe-ware on the rise. But even as others jump on the eco-shoe bandwagon, MINK stands apart with a collection of hot kicks. Some with vintage fabric, some with natural materials such as cork and rubber as well as organic cotton and organic linen that are dyed with soy-based inks. Even the shoebox was created without adhesives and even doubles as a bag to eliminate the wasteful practice of putting a box into a bag - a concept I think every designer should latch on to!