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Italian entrepreneurs, Gio Giacobbe and Edoardo Iannuzzi wanted an innovative solution to the footwear industry’s negative impact on the environment. Their idea? Design a modular shoe concept that splits the shoe into two separate parts: the skin and the sole. In December 2019, their brand, “Advanced Commuter Basic Concept” (ACBC) launched the patented zipper system, which meant that the two parts of the shoes could easily be separated and zipped back together again within seconds.
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Now customers have the chance to create different shoes (up to 12 different uppers) with one single sole whilst remain environmentally friendly as it aims at cutting down more than 45% the CO2 impact produced. How? Well the “skin” (uppers) of the Jogger style shoe is made with bio-based and 100% biodegradable TENCEL™ branded fibers, making ACBC shoes a very sustainable footwear option.
With enhanced breathability, TENCEL™ branded fibers are gentle on skin with long-lasting softness, and their ability to regulate the absorption and release of moisture make them ideal for footwear options. With travelers in mind, ACBC knew they wanted a shoe that was compact and lightweight giving customers the option to customize their look as often as they want. And they got just that, not only can the wearer interchange the components of their shoes, but they can now recycle them too. By bringing the soles back to the ACBC stores, they will decompose the materials and turn them into anti-injury flooring sheets for kid’s playgrounds as charity gifts.
Photo credit: ACBC
The TENCEL™ brand is always delighted to partner with like-minded industry friends and ACBC have designed fun and flexible shoes, without the negative environment footprint that typically occurs within the footwear industry. We are really excited to see what is next in this area of fashion, so consumers can make conscious purchasing decisions to ensure they always put their best foot forward!