Crocs have been around for nearly 20 years, but it's only been until recently that the iconic clog has become a popular play in fashion-forward circles. With the slip on seemingly as in demand as it's ever been, a slew of other brands are following trend by releasing their own version of the clog — or slip on, or mule, or whatever you prefer to call them. Some are no doubt similar in look, but only one can take the crown as the world's first recycled clog. Enter, Ales Grey. The Steve Patiño-founded brand is poised to disrupt the market with a slip on that is both made from recycled materials and recyclable.
Ales Grey teamed up with XL EXTRALIGHT to produce a recycled, single-piece injection foam clog, called the Rodeo Drive Slip On. It is the first single-piece injection molded foam slip-on clog made entirely with XL EXTRALIGHT's new recycled compound, Sustainable+. Sustainable+ is made from the recovery of by-products, scraps, and other production waste from factories, as the foam is made of 51 percent recycled materials, while retaining all of the physical and mechanical properties of the original foam. To put things into perspective, each pair of the Rodeo Drive Slip On saves 8,000 liters of water over the manufacturing of one pair of traditional leather shoes.
“XL EXTRALIGHT approached us to be a part of their Difference Makers program, which aligned perfectly with our corporate ethos,” said Ales Grey founder, Steve Patiño. “The Rodeo Drive Slip On is an innovative use of this groundbreaking material that brings luxury, comfort and environmental responsibility to the forefront in footwear, and I’m unbelievably proud of this shoe.”
Debuting in Chalk White, Mastice Grey, Truffle Brown, and Nero Black colorways, the Rodeo Drive Slip On is not only sustainable, but it is also waterproof. The clog is noticeably lightweight and breathable as well, featuring ventilation slits along the medial side of the midsole. Furthermore, the closed-cell structure of the shoe's foam protects it from bacteria, all while giving it anti-odor protection.
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