Friday, January 25, 2013

Eco-Chic Shoes by Coclico

Coclico founder and fourth generation shoemaker Sandra Canselier
The Rachel flat ($259)
The Drew bootie ($390) and the Penelope ($295)
The Adele bootie ($342)

Stylish, quality, comfortable footwear that's also eco-friendly might sound too good to be true, but New York-based Coclico is rising to the challenge. Its flagship SoHo store features boots and booties as well as heels, flats, clogs, wedges and sandals. Made in an array of colors and styles, each design is durable, fashionable, and perfect for marching around those merciless New York pavements. And they look hot, too.

With a manifesto of finding beauty in the "simple, rugged, and understated," it's no wonder Coclico has quietly become a favorite accoutrement of the New York woman, especially since they actually look better as they get more worn in and gain character. (Coclico uses vegetable-tanned leathers, for example, which tend to look better with age.)

The line was founded by Sandra Canselier, who happens to be a fourth generation shoemaker. "Coclico is all about finding beauty in the understated and intentionally simple, offering stylish women fashionable, practical, and eco-conscious shoes," she says. I founded Coclico when I noticed a lack of interesting and high-quality shoes.”

In terms of sustainability, Coclico is made from organic linens, recycled cork for internal platforms, recycled foam, vegan-tanned leather lining, and hardware that’s blessedly lead and nickel free. Most materials are sourced close to the company's production facility, located in Mallorca, Spain. 275 Mott St., 212-965-5462 (

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