Pikolinos shoes encourages cooperative projects and promotes sustainability by employing a “zero paper” policy in its factories and offices. They also use vegetable dying where possible, and water-based dyes and solvent-free glues to reduce environmental impact. This year, they created a special Maasai project, which helps fund development projects in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Plus, they’re stuff is really cute and on-trend. Check out our fave Pikolinos styles in the gallery!
Oh Tatsujiro Fukasawa, you do know a woman’s weakness, don’t you? Fukasawa, 40, attempted to kill a female colleague he’d been stalking by pouring hydrofluoric acid into her shoes. Hydrofluoric acid acid can be absorbed via the skin and cause everything from skin abrasions to internal organ failure. The woman realized something was wrong when she developed gangrene on her left foot. It’s not known how much permanent damage the acid has caused.
For his part, Fukasawa denies the charges. Police are also investigating what they believe may be a related case: the same woman said she was forced to go to the hospital this past October after experiencing pain while wearing a pair of boots. [Japan Times]
Iris Apfel is the grand dame of quirky, eccentric style. And luxury shoe maker Jimmy Choo wanted to honor Apfel’s signature look by designing a shoe after her. Dubbed the Iris, the five-inch heel will almost certainly never be worn by the diminutive 90-year-old New Yorker. And we’re not sure who else will be picking up a pair either — considering they’re going for $1495 a pop. Do you think Iris digs ‘em? She is a pretty hard sell. [Jimmy Choo]