Eco-Friendly Footsies

Hey, remember being ten years old and prancing around in colorful dollar-store jelly shoes all summer long? I do, and lately I've been recreating those days thanks to Melissa. They are an eco-friendly shoe company that specializes in recycling overstock shoes into new styles as well as recycling factory waste. The shoes are creative, artsy, AND sustainable...cool on all levels! I discovered the Brazilian company a few months ago when in Wilmington, NC at the always-marvelous Edge of Urge boutique, where I found a pair of wild neon green peep toes in my size AAAAND on clearance! Matt and I decided to go on a photo adventure today to properly document the awesomeness of said jellies. img_1399

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My obsession for Melissa shoes intensified a wee bit when I found out about the company collaborating with various designers from all walks of the industry, including one of my style icons, Vivienne Westwood.

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Uhhhh yeah. Thanks to an undisclosed special helper, I recently got my hot little hands on a pair of my very own Vivienne Westwoods for way cheaper than what the super-limited quantity would suggest you'd pay on Ebay (they're sold out everywhere). The heart Lady Dragons came in amazing color combos like lavender/black, fuchsia/red, peach/black, and baby blue/red. I picked the most versatile option so I could still get away with occasionally wearing them to work: grey/navy.

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I'll admit they look uncomfortable, but with the two Melissa pairs I own, that's not so. The soles are cushioned nicely, which is more than I can say about most high heels I've owned. The one obvious downside to these bad boys is sweaty feet in swamp-ass Florida weather. But you know as well as I do - sometimes you just have to pick fashion over function!

Here are a few more Melissa styles/collaborations I am coveting (but definitely not buying due to lack of funds!)...

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And because the blooming tabebuia trees in Winter Park are so amazingly gorgeous right now, here are a few more shots from today...

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More on Melissa here: http://www.melissaplasticdreams.com/