Out now is the Tree Breezers, a fresh spin on the classic ballet style, but done with comfort in mind. The style is part of the Tree family of looks made of tree fibre — Tencel Lyocell —sourced from South African farms that minimize fertilizer and rely on rainfall, not irrigation. According to the company, compared to more traditional materials such as cotton, the tree fibre uses 95 percent less water and cuts our carbon footprint in half.

The Tree Breezers also feature soles made of sugarcane-derived SweetFoam to create a flexible, comfortable fit. The sugarcane is sourced from southern Brazil which also relies on rainwater, not irrigation. It’s also fully renewable and grows quickly, removing carbon from the atmosphere in the process.The single Tree Breezers style is machine washable and available in three limited-edition colours. It retails for $95 and available online and in Allbirds retail stores in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Boston. Look out to a new Allbird’s store opening in Auckland in July.

From footwear.com

 

Stop Press: Allbirds founder Tim Brown has been named 1 of the 3 business leaders to be recognised by 2019 Kea World Class New Zealand Awards, the country’s most prestigious celebration of individual achievement. Tim Brown, co-founder and co-CEO of Allbirds, and former All Whites vice-captain, is being recognised for his commitment to sustainable fashion and innovative business practices, including creating a revolutionary category of footwear using natural materials such as New Zealand merino wool.