© veja - the army shoe in black with crepe soles
centre commercial is the flagship store in paris of eco-conscious shoe brand veja. a hub of contemporary cool, it features an enticing mix of offerings for savvy urban dwellers. officially launching today is the store's centre commercial shoe collection, a new series of men's shoes inspired by traditional british footwear and military uniforms. the collection is handcrafted in a family workshop in brazil, using ecologically tanned leather. this means that contrary to most leathers that are processed with heavy metals, the material is chrome-free tanned, using acacia tree extracts instead and thus reducing water pollution. the range also includes shoes with crepe soles made from 100% amazonian rubber. mind you, the vast and ecologically highly important amazon forest is the only place on earth where rubber trees grow in the wild. all uppers and leather soles are made of full grain leather from the pantanal region. the centre commercial shoe collection is available at select stores across the planet, including oliver spencer [london], selfridges [london], centre commercial [paris], merci [paris] and isetan [tokyo], but can also be purchased online.
© veja - the army shoe in cognac with leather sole