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She’s Got Sole: Havaianas Urbis Eco Mid

Eco-friendly sneakers are where it’s at for Fall 2011. Brazilian-born footwear company Havaianas constructed their first shoes back in 1962. Inspired by zori, the traditional Japanese thong sandals, Havaianas became numero uno in the flip-flop industry. Now, the brand has translated the tree-hugging philosophy of shoes made from natural materials into a new sneaker. The Urbis Eco Mid features a jute upper and natural rubber sole. Jute is a soft, shiny vegetable fiber that is spun into threads and woven. Havaianas used the fabric in two colors for the Eco: a burlap-sack Beige and an electric Blue. The shoes come with a spare pair of laces in a different color, too. Yes, a little variety. The Urbis Eco Mid retails for $68 and is available at the Havaianas online store. Get’cha a pair. Mother Nature will love you for it.

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