Montreal-based lifestyle brand Frank and Oak has debuted a circular, zero-waste sneaker with help from Thousand Fell. The eco-conscious New York footwear label, known for its biodegradable and recyclable sneakers, has lent its expertise and its Brazilian footwear supply chain to the creation of a unisex shoe made from recycled, recyclable and bio-based inputs.
The Frank And Oak X Thousand Fell Court Shoe features insoles made from recycled yoga mats, along with coconut husk alt-leather and sugarcane soles, replacing petroleum-based synthetic materials and contributing to the lifestyle label’s goal of eliminating virgin plastics from its supply chain. The water-resistant, stain-resistant upper is sealed with a quartz coating, while the shoe’s inside is lined with an aloe vera mesh to promote softness and breathability. Recycled polyester made from plastic bottles, along with natural rubber outsoles, round out the material profile. The shoe was released this week on Frank And Oak’s e-commerce site for $155 in a limited-edition neutral color way of black, white and beige.
The release follows up on the brands’ past collaborative efforts with the classic white sneaker in 2021. “For the past two years, we have seen firsthand the positive response from our customers,” Frank And Oak CEO Dustin Jones said. “We are now excited to bring a new, exclusive style made from the same innovative, fully recyclable materials.”
The shoes were produced by Thousand Fell’s supplier in Franca, Brazil—a family-owned factory with 30 years of shoemaking expertise. Testing showed that the shoe can last well beyond 2.4 million steps. When the sneaker meets the end of its useful life, consumers can print a return label on the Thousand Fell e-commerce site and send the shoes back to the brand’s New York headquarters for recycling.
“Frank And Oak is a unique brand that truly shares our mission to push circularity and responsible design to the mainstream,” Thousand Fell co-founder Chloe Songer said. “The Court shoe combines the style and sustainability that Frank and Oak stands for with the circular footwear system that Thousand Fell has innovated.”