Item of the Day

Not too many folks like wrinkles.  Like those on your your silk or linen dress? Not so much.

And we won’t even go there about wrinkles on your face.

We actually do love wrinkles found in New Jersey-based Civic Duty’s casual, unisex footwear line made from Tyvek, DuPont’s versatile nonwoven material used for protecting houses from the elements, car covers and, yes, even FedEx envelopes.

Designer Steven Weinreb came up with using Tyvek when he was working with a brand that created a travel sneaker packaged in a Tyvek bag. He was blown away at the properties of the material: lightweight, water resistant, breathable and highly durable. After a year of trial and error, he came up with his first Tyvek-made sneaker, one that is both recyclable and stylish.

The Civic Duty footwear line featured styles in many colors using Tyvek that has a special “pre-wrinkled” finish that “give our shoes a ‘worn’ look right out of the box.” Over time, the color fades somewhat, adding to the vintage look.

That’s why we like this old favorite, a saddle oxford renewed and freshed in Tyvek with a patent trim. Like the rest of Civic Duty’s collection, the shoes are made with glues and dyes that are environmentally friendly and packaging made from recycled materials.

Suggested retail on this Elevation sneaker: $64. Call: (888) 863-5160

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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology.

  • Anonymous

    We’re really impressed with the Civic Duty sneaker. What a great idea!!!!