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Austria-based Brand Sunies Creates Environmentally Sustainable Footwear

Based in Vienna, Austria, Sunies is a fashion footwear brand that specializes in handmade and hand-designed sandals, slides, sneakers and bags for women and children. The brand’s designs, which are finalized digitally in a 3D program, are carefully developed with a special emphasis on water resistance, comfort and elegance, Sunies said, and are designed in alignment with the brand’s core focus on creativity, design and sustainability.

The Sunies Sandals are available in three styles: “Hawaii,” featuring hibiscuses and other flowers, “Sea and Ocean,” which includes shells and starfish and “Butterflies,” which features a group of butterflies. The Sunies Slides are currently available in the “Hawaii” and “Butterflies” silhouettes, and feature the design on both the sole and the strap. Both shoes come in over 16 colors. The sandals and slides are comfortable, lightweight and stylish enough to be worn for a number of activities, including relaxing on the beach, elegant nights out and in the office, the brand said.

The Sunies Kids slip on sneakers are breathable, ergonomic and slip-free, and are available in five colors. The Sunies Bag, which also features the “Butterflies” print, is waterproof and features a flat fold-over top and adjustable top, and is available in six colors.

Sunies has dedicated more than two years to create the perfect eco-friendly material, the brand said, and only works with 100% recyclable, waterproof and vegan materials. Seventy-seven per- cent of Sunies’ sandals are made from natural resources that are produced and cultivated in several regions of Brazil, such as bam- boo, sugar cane and coconut fibers, coconut oil, salt, recycled PVC granules and Vinyl-flex, a flexible and recyclable material. Additionally, Sunies sandals are PETA-approved to be 100% vegan. The shoes’ insoles are made from EVA-Foam to increase comfort, the brand said, and each of the brand’s sandals are hand-assembled with close attention to detail to reach the high value that Sunies strives for in a conscious way.

Driven by the idea of loving the planet and animals, the brand said, Sunies takes the responsibility of promoting sustainability from development, to production and to disposal. Sunies offers a return program for customers whose shoes are at the end of their lifespan and a discount on future orders from the brand. Once a used pair of Sunies returns to the brand’s headquarters, the recycling process begins to create a new pair of sandals.

Sunnies’ sandals, slides, bags and children’s footwear are available for purchase at shopsunies.com.