i-D, the fashion branch of Vice, has declared that the “shoe of the summer” is an upcycled Nike sneaker with a kitten heel. Yes, that’s a dirty old sneaker cut up with a pair of scissors with a heel slapped on the back. A designer named Ancuta Sacra’s been tinkering in her little shop of horrors and has come up with a creation so cursed, so unnatural, that Kim Kardashian is probably on a waitlist for three pairs of every design. That’s until Kim finds out they’re actually painstakingly handcrafted using recycled materials because Ancuta is partially driven by “the impact that our consumption has had on the environment thus far.” So after finding that out, Kim would be all, “ew, gross”.
Here are a few of the designs Ancuta has come up with, many of them perfect for any Wicked Witches who might also be trying out for the track team on your holiday shopping list.
As ugly as they are, at least they’re thoughtfully made.
The idea first came to her while moving, realizing that she had accumulated a surplus of unwanted running shoes. Instead of tossing them in the trash, she decided to transform them into a pair of shoes that she would actually wear. Sarca taught herself how to make shoes for her graduation collection four years ago. Preferring to be more hands on, she spent over four months taking shoes apart and putting them back together to see how they were made.
And though they’re not for me, I respect the effort that goes into making them. Or I did until I saw what happened when she got her hands on a pair of flip flops. I don’t know if you know this, but they aren’t actually called Ancuntas. They’re called Acunta’s monster.
Please lord above don’t let her get her hands on a pair of Crocs. Summer would be absolutely ruined.