Stella McCartney and designers at U.K. heritage brand Hunter have joined forces on a boot.
With a focus on using sustainable and vegan-friendly fabrics, the British designer has expanded her fashion brand since launching in 2001 to include swimwear, footwear, children's clothes, and activewear.
Now, after introducing a Hunter boot in her winter 2019 collection, unveiled as part of Paris Fashion Week in March, McCartney and her husband Alasdhair Willis, who was appointed creative director of Hunter in 2013, are offering fans the opportunity to purchase the versatile design for themselves.
"The design fuses iconic British heritage to trailblaze a new generation of footwear, incorporating sustainably-sourced natural rubber and an innovative material called Yulex," a spokesperson for the label stated. "Hunter has been using natural rubber since 1856, and Stella McCartney has pushed this practice even further. The natural rubber used in the boot is sourced from sustainably-managed, certified forests in Guatemala, guaranteeing that no rainforests were culled to farm the trees used and protecting the wellbeing of workers and local communities."
The stretch sock insert for the boot is made from Yulex, a certified natural rubber. This material is used to replace traditional neoprene, generating 80 per cent less climate-altering carbon dioxide but delivering a near-identical performance.
"The design reinterprets the iconic Hunter Wellington boot with statement-making, sculptural soles, and treads that have been built-out by hand. Sock inserts and webbed logo pull-tabs add athletic touches," they added.
The Stella McCartney x Hunter boot is available in black, clatter grey, and olive colourways for both men and women. The footwear can be purchased in stores and online.
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