This re-imagining of classic, old school sneakers is changing the game — and the environment.

By Hillary Maglin
Updated February 25, 2020
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Yellow unlaced sneakers on light blue background.
Credit: Courtesy of Cariuma

Some things in life are just givens. For example, just like you wear sweaters in the fall and give your partner chocolate on Valentine’s Day, you always wear your favorite pair of comfy sneakers on days you anticipate doing lots of walking. It’s just what you do. But these days, comfort doesn’t have to be synonymous with bulky, over-padded running shoes. Enter: Cariuma’s Catiba Low sneakers. The shoes’ sleek and stylish design, reminiscent of old-school street-style kicks, uses lightweight memory foam insoles which allow for all-day wear. They’re the perfect everyday shoe— plus, they’re completely sustainable.

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Designed by growing Brazil-based brand Cariuma, the Catiba Low comfortably and effortlessly elevates any look. Whether you pair them with jeans and a leather jacket or a short, casual sundress, the low-top style has a way of pulling any ensemble together with style and sophistication. And your eyes aren’t deceiving you—that is, in fact, the brand’s angular leaf logo on the shoe’s upper, which we think adds unique, Brazilian rainforest-inspired flair. 

Crafted with premium canvas, leather, and suede materials, these sneakers are handmade for comfort and long-lasting wear in all types of weather and environments.

Like all of Cariuma’s products, the Catiba Low is produced in ethical factories where workers are treated fairly. The brand then uses recycled packaging and carbon neutral shipping to get the sneakers to you. 

To buy:, from $98

By now, the Catiba Low has surely piqued your interest (you’ve made it to paragraph four, after all), which means there’s only one thing left to do: choose a color! The sneakers come in over a dozen hues, from yellow to red and Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue, with many of the styles featuring a different-colored leaf logo, just for a little extra allure. Not that they need any more.

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