Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Don't keep your feet off the seats!

Ignore all those signs on the Tube in London to keep your feet off the seats and instead stick your feet in the seats by wearing these trainers made from genuine London Underground seat fabric. (Illustrated is Central Line)

The collection, from Above+Below, exclusively incorporates rare, vintage and ultra rare iconic retro textiles from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's reclaimed from seats on London's Underground tube carriages and buses. Each fabric relates to a particular underground line

These fabrics are relics of London's unique design heritage and Central Saint Martin's college graduate Robert Taylor and music promoter/film maker Caroline Read collected and preserved them before they were lost to landfill or incineration forever.

The shoes use recycled tyre rubber in the soles, restored Tube and bus seat textiles in the uppers and re-used leather cheque book wallets in the trim.

As well as the shoes' excellent recycling credentials, Above+Below supports "Love London" and will donate a tree for each pair they sell, to be planted by Trees for Cities. The trainers can be bought on line - prices are shown in dollars (US and AUD) sterling and Euros and scarcity value of your chosen fabric.

Above+Below from Urban Remade

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