Dare To Wear The Newspaper Recycled Shoes By Colin Lin?

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Already a big thing in Asia, Colin Lin’s newspaper recycled ballet flats come to you as the green alternative to the regular Christmas Shopping list! Her flats look lovely and they have such a great conscience!

Handmade from three and a half pages of Taiwanese language newspaper, each pair is equally focused on comfort and fashion as it is on the environment issues. (the story continues right after the jump with more images!)

Colin Lin Newspaper shoes

Colin Lin’s newspaper shoes take 3-4 hours to make (each) and retails for $100-150. She also does bags, from the same material, selling for appx $260 (the bags take 2-3 days to complete). Taking out the usual chemicals involved in the shoemaking process, Colin Lin’s shoes have a cotton lining in the back and also a plastic coating for the shiny looks.

Colin Lin Recycled Newspaper shoes

I wonder how Louboutin (and all the other glitzy designers) would feel about eco-conscious shoes and if ever JLo will consider singing a song about green shoes… Colin Lin is the anti-star by saying that she’s alright with other manufacturers copying her idea:

“I only contribute very little to recycling all the newspapers dumped everyday around the world. But other footwear and bag manufacturers may want to copy my idea and so contribute their own share to dealing with the problem.”

Colin Lin Recycled Newspaper shoes detail


#1 café au lait on 12.14.09 at 6:19 am

what a very good idea!!

I wonder if it’s solid enough tu support belgian weather,
I can wear them.

#2 Adriana on 12.14.09 at 8:00 am

Brilliant idea. There can so much be done with recycling.

Belgian wheather is the same as Dutch wheather it’s sooooo cold now I almost were my inside doors UGG’s outside….brrrr….

As for Louboutin, this shoes are far more friendly for our feet though I’m not a real fan of flats.

#3 Ellington on 12.14.09 at 3:48 pm

I like these and they would be fabu to dash about in during the late Spring/Summer here in Canada. This is a stellar idea! :)

#4 Daydreamer on 12.15.09 at 8:06 pm

This is so great!

Totally love the idea but in such humid place like Thailand, it wouldn’t be so great to wear.

#5 Tiita on 07.24.10 at 6:48 pm

Im allergic to newspaper but if i werent they’re definetly cute!!!I would wear them!

#6 Amit Dasgupta on 04.08.11 at 11:22 pm

Its fabaulous!
I want to learn about the product, & try to implement in Bangladesh

#7 Stephanie lim on 04.14.11 at 8:42 am

Hi, how do I get those newspaper shoe?

#8 kpriss on 04.14.11 at 10:11 am

Hello Stephanie. I have conducted a little search myself and it seems Colin Lin’s newspaper shoes have disappeared from the retailers that used to carry her products (amongst others Anthropologie dot com). However, she said she was in the shoe business for 26 years at the time this new broke so I think she didn’t give up on that…

#9 stephanie lim on 04.14.11 at 6:05 pm

So, you are not selling the newspaper shoe? Do you know how to get them?

#10 kpriss on 04.15.11 at 5:01 am

Oh, no, we’re not an e-store. As far as Colin Lin’s shoes go, they were available via shop.moxsie.com . Sadly, not anymore it seems. I’ve searched high and low on the internet, it’s like she vanished! However, I suggest you write to the good people at moxsie, asking them when and how you can get a hold of Colin Lin’s shoes!

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