PLAYING FOOTSIE

All too often, shoes made of eco-friendly materials come off looking a little, well, unremarkable. Practical, yes. But stylish? Not so much. Luckily, designers Gina Ferraraccio and Julie Dicterow had fashion on their minds when they launched vegan show and bag line, Cri de Coeur, in 2008.

As shoe lovers who are also vegetarian, the Parsons grads spotted a void in the contemporary market for ethically-produced footwear that was also fashion-forward and decided to do something about it. With Cri de Coeur (means “cry from the heart” in French), the duo uses designer quality construction and high-end sustainable textiles to create shoes that are cruelty-free AND runway ready.


Along with their sharp eye for current trends and knowing what women really want, Cri de Coeur is also known for their use of sustainable materials. The Bo T-strap Pointy Flats are crafted in Ultrasuede made from recycled plastics. The heels used for boots like the Paige Double Zip Flat Boot (pictured) come from reclaimed wood. Their eco-PU "leather" is biodegradable.  Every single style -- from fringe-trim satchels, to two-tone messenger bags and metallic platforms --  is more covetable than the next.  And since all Cri de Coeur products are produced in sweatshop-free factories, every purchase is completely guilt-free.

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