Shoes, bags, jewelry: Cork is turning up everywhere you look

  • Friday, July 18, 2014 2:22pm
  • Life

Cork. It’s not just for wine stoppers and bulletin boards anymore.

Embraced by some progressive furniture makers decades ago and a staple in housewares, cork has found a larger place among shoes, handbags, jewelry and other fashion accessories.Cork is popping up in umbrellas, simple apparel items like shawls, watch bands, bracelets, necklaces, hats, belts, golf bags and shoes, shoes, shoes — moccasins, flip-flops and Superga sneakers with neon flecks, Jimmy Choo wedges and Badgley Mischka stilettos.

Malleable and highly durable, cork is also cost-effective. And we’re not just talking soles and shock-absorbent footbeds. We’re talking uppers in double straps and gold tips from Turner and vibrant color combinations in slides, though cork is often left in its raw, recognizable state.

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