When it comes to shoes, there are two things you need to know: you don’t need to wear shoes to have a positive impact on the environment and you don.
If you’re not willing to do the latter, there’s not much hope of a positive outcome.
Urban renovation projects will change how the city is designed, with the aim of providing a better environment for everyone.
They’re not a substitute for traditional buildings, but they can be a part of a sustainable plan for urban renewal, particularly in urban areas where people can’t walk in the centre of the city.
But are they effective?
A study of three cities in France and Italy found that only a quarter of the shoes that were used to construct buildings were deemed effective at meeting the city’s energy and water consumption goals.
That’s a huge discrepancy, says researcher Julien Bourguignon, a researcher at the Ecole de l’Ecole des Hautes Écoles.
“I’m not a designer, but I know what it takes to make a sustainable product,” he says.
In the past two years, a new generation of urban designers and engineers have started to develop innovative urban footwear and accessories.
The first major urban shoe designer, the French-Italian design company Purologistique, recently launched a shoe called Boulevard, which is designed to help people walk on the pavements and streetscape.
This innovative footwear is the result of two years of work between two partners: Purolignon and a team of about 20 engineers.
Bourguignons research into shoe designs shows that while the design is very functional, it can be too costly.
“The average price of a pair of shoes is around 40 euros.
So, for that we need to sell 1,000 pairs,” he explains.
While he is keen to encourage people to use his shoes, he’s not interested in advertising the idea of “bicycle shoes” or “bike shoes”.
“I prefer the design of shoes that are simple and easy to wear,” he tells us.
Purologisme hopes that with its shoes, the city will be able to reduce energy consumption and reduce water use by up to 75 per cent.
But it’s not the first time that urban designers have tried to address energy issues with their shoes.
Earlier this year, in the United States, the British shoe company Clarks released a limited edition line of shoes called the Urban Boot, which features the word “Urban” in bold font.
Its sole, which contains a leather and polyester sole, is designed as a sustainable way to create sustainable footwear, but it still costs more than $30 to make.
More and more urban designers are focusing on shoes that help people avoid walking into buildings, rather than using traditional construction methods.
This can mean creating innovative materials that are more durable and water resistant.
André Breton, head of the design agency Urban Design, recently spoke about how he created a pair of shoes called Urban Air, which were designed to avoid using traditional building materials and instead use eco-friendly materials.
“The first thing we wanted to do was to change how our shoes are made, because they are so heavy, and we wanted a shoe that would be lighter, that would feel like a real shoe, not like a gadget,” he told The Guardian.
“I thought about the way we used to use shoe soles.
They used to be so strong and they were very expensive.
So we went into this whole space of materials and materials that we could make with and the way they were manufactured and how they were made.”
And in the process, Breton says, they found the way that the sole of a shoe is constructed is an important part of the experience of walking in the city and also the experience we have when we go out and shop.
Urban footwear has the potential to change our behaviour and the environment around us, Bretons team say.
However, if you don´t want to be in the shoes, you can still have a role to play in their creation.
To make your own Urban Air shoes, head to Urban Designs in London.
The next time you are walking, take a moment to think about how you might be influencing the way the world works, and make a difference in the way it lives.