Does the phrase “vegan footwear” conjure nightmarish visions of being trapped in a Hacky Sack circle as a jam band noodles at volume eleven?
That gag reflex should ease up with the help of people like Gina Ferraraccio, a Nolita designer and longtime vegan who’s allaying our hemp-infused fears with Cri de Coeur, a sweet collection of vegan shoes made from suede microfiber, canvas, chambray, and rubber composite.
They’re undoubtedly adorable (and affordable): peep-toe flats in a light blue wash, strappy gladiator wedges, T-strap sandals, two-tone pumps, sling-back heels.
To round out her mission, Ferraraccio partners with The Carbon Fund to offset dainty footprints and also plants a tree for every pair sold. And that certainly suits her label well, since cri de coeur means “impassioned plea of the heart” in French.
We’re certainly appealing for more.