Plain Tiger Spotlight: Momoc
Not just a pretty shoe
By Renee Fortune
My deep experience in nature made me acutely aware of the value of the earth and its resources. I began to notice how saturated contemporary living is with plastic, and developed a desire to lead a more sustainable life. I knew that there were many others who felt the same and I became determined to do something about it. I eventually found my niche in footwear when I went in search of shoes that were made according to eco-friendly production methods and with sustainable materials.
A number of Momoc’s clients share the common experience of being stopped by passers-by who ask where their shoes are from. When you see the Momoc collection, you’ll soon see why. In the range you’ll find ‘dancers, ballerinas’ and ‘sneakers’ – each of them with their own unique shape and design that speaks to sustainability, comfort and style; all at the same time.
There are the City by Night Vegan Ballerinas with their embroidered moon symbols and cityscape-inspired geometric design along the sides. This particular design, which reflects the skyline of Hong Kong at night, was designed by Jocob Ho. He was inspired to create a shoe that captured the feeling of returning to your family after a hard day’s work and to go for a walk in the moonlight.
The UglySneakers Eve Snake also has a story. Designer María Álvarez drew inspiration from the biblical story of Adam and Eve. In her more contemporary version of the tale, Eve does not commit a sin. Instead, she allies herself with the serpent and finds a way to live her bliss in paradise forever. For Álvarez, these sneakers are a challenge to break the rules. And, as you’ll see for yourself, there’s certainly nothing ‘ugly’ about these sneakers. They; just like the other shoes in the collection, are undeniably iconic.
Momoc shoes are the kind of footwear you’ll want to wear, again and again. But at the same time, they’re the kind of shoes you’ll want to display. These are not the kind of shoes to be stored behind closed doors. They should be admired, gazed at and put on show. I like to think of them as ‘coffee-table shoes.’
But, Momocs are not just pretty shoes. They’re also made with respect for nature. The majority of the shoes have soles made out of recycled tyres and wood. The insoles are made of chrome-free eco-suede and recycled fabric such as Piñatex®, an innovative, natural textile made from recycled pineapple leaf fibres. And each pair of Momocs are produced according to ethical standards and methods in Spain.
As Gabriela explains; in a snapshot, Momoc shoes can be summarised as follows:
- Unique, one-of-a-kind designs
- Perfectly imperfect – no two pairs are the same
- Made with locally sourced textiles
- Made with recycled, ecological and vegan materials
- Original, plastic-free packaging
- Brand transparency