With the climate crisis looming over our heads and comfort dressing being our current modus operandi, is there a more perfect pairing than sneakers and sustainability? We can safely say no, there is not and Valentino tends to agree. As part of the Italian Maison's commitment to combating climate change, it is blending the two pillars for its new project, Valentino Garavani Open for Change.
First revealed as part of the Valentino SS22 collection, Valentino is reimagining its Open and Rockstud Untitled sneakers with sustainability at its core. Available in five different colourways, namely a base of white with a yellow, forest green, black and plum stripe and rainbow Rockstud hardware, the shoes reflect Valentino's desire to experiment with innovative materials and techniques to reduce its carbon footprint.
Crafted from bio-based materials, the upper consists of a leather alternative made using viscose and polyurethane derived from corn polyols. The laces are constructed from recycled polyester, while the hallmark Valentino studs on the Rockstud style are the result of recycled nylon. The sustainable theme extends to the shoe packaging as well, where recycled cotton and paper sourced from sustainably managed forests are a welcome break to the unnecessary use of plastic.
Both models are cruelty-free and are products of a transparent, fully traceable European supply chain, a feature that Valentino has insisted on to guarantee the highest standards of quality craftsmanship.
For the Valentino Garavani Open for a Change project, Valentino has unveiled a new logo alongside the updated styles. Taking cues from the instantly recognisable symbol for recycle, with its three rotating arrows, Valentino presents an earth green motif with the same recurring arrows encircling the iconic "V".