The shoe prototype inspires dialogue between fashion designers and members of the energy industry

At the tail end of New York Fashion Week, a “shoe made of air” was unveiled. Quite literally, too—the collaborative effort between the energy company NRG and former Design Director at Nike, D’wayne Edwards, is a sneaker made from repurposed CO2.

Speaking at a panel moderated by Nina Garcia, a hodgepodge of industry professionals met to discuss the inspiration behind the design, as well how the tech, energy and fashion worlds can work together on sustainability. Burak Cakmak, Dean of Parson’s School of Design, represented the fashion sector, along with supermodel-turned-fashion designer, Coco Rocha.

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