But today is the day that changes! Forever 21 has been carrying a capsule collection of Mel sandals. Mel is the less expensive line of Melissa shoes. Melissa shoes are made in a closed-loop, low-waste, decent labor standards facility in Brazil (for more info, see the Melissa listing on my I Shop page).
I was able to get a few shots of their capsule collection at the F21 in Nashville and here they are...
As you can see, the Marula sandal I originally got at Mooshoes is well represented here in a number of colorways.
I did still have concerns about the "recycle-ability" of these shoes. The company says that they can be recycled so, having had prior emails gone unanswered, I tweeted @melissashoes asking where I could recycle my Mel/issa shoes in NYC and this is the answer:
@jesseanneo Any plastic/glass recycling bin/facility would work just fine in recycling your shoes!
— Melissa Shoes, USA (@MelissaShoes) June 11, 2013
I did look at NYC's recycling plastics guide (I keep it real over here) and it looks like PVC (which is what Melissas are made of) is a recyclable plastic, although its market rate is weak so not sure of the likelihood of it getting reused. But the city will accept it and there is a chance! So, good on ya, Melissa Shoes. And I'll even throw out a "good on ya" for Forever 21 this time.
Now, I don't know if I will ever ever ever profile Forever 21 on this blog again but I guess lightning can strike twice?