Gallery: Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Sandals for Spring


One of the sheer joys of warmer weather is releasing those pasty, day-glo feet from their argyle prisons and slipping them into something a little more comfortable. And of all the members of the spring shoe family, everyone knows that candy-colored jellies are the way to go if you’re looking to put some fun on your feet. Sadly, these slippery favorites have long been off-limits for eco-conscious fashionistas due to the fact that they are typically made out of PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, a petroleum-based plastic that can be toxic. But rejoice! Non-toxic plastic pioneer shoe brand Melissa and anglo-fashion maven Vivienne Westwood have teamed up to dream up a whole line of succulent sustainable slippers for your shoe-loving pleasure.

The new collaboration between Vivienne Westwood and Melissa features rocking styles that are so reminiscent of Ms. Westwood‘s signature looks that you almost forget they are made entirely of recyclable plastic! Besides being made from recycled MEFLEX, a revolutionary breathable and non-toxic plastic, these brand new Melissa Three Strap Sandals are 100% recyclable. What’s more, the shoes are totally cruelty free and devoid of animal products. A startling 99.9% of Melissa’s factory water and waste is recycled  and the Brazil-based company’s employees are paid above average wages and benefits meaning that you can feel good about buying these beautiful “soles”.

$119 from Kaight


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  1. ddjjzzjj October 12, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Melflex plastic claims need proofing. How can i find the actual test results?
    The green wash is splashing around a lot these days and i lecture so want to be as certain as i can that what i say is valid. Improvement is a step forward and that is an acceptable claim ,But eco friendly PVC sounds miraculous so please help me find the support for these claims, thanks,
    deborah barnes
    fashionRIP Project

  2. Yuka Yoneda April 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I know! Who woulda thunk it?

    If you’re concerned about price, these Melissas are both comfy and under $100:

  3. FallopiaTuba April 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Wow! I have like 8 pairs of Melissa shoes; I got them because I no longer buy leather shoes, but I wasn’t aware the company is so eco-conscious and the shoes are so eco-friendly!

    I was just at Kaight and tried on these shoes, and remarked that I couldn’t get them right then, but I’d probably be dreaming about them and be forced to go back and get them. I know myself too well! These shoes are extremely comfortable and comfort is paramount to me when looking for shoes; I walk dogs for a living.

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