Brazilian footwear brand Melissa collaborated with Paris couturier Jean Paul Gaultier to created an exclusive 10cm chiselled heel plastic stiletto sandal that is 100% recyclable.
Founded in 1971, Melissa is one of the world’s largest footwear manufacturers, and holder of an exclusive technology for injected thermoplastic. Other designer collaborations with Melissa include: Vivienne Westwood, Zaha Hadid, Judy Blame, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Karim Rashid, and The Campana Brothers.
The intricacy of the design of the shoe '' Jean Paul Gaultier X Melissa '' comprises both opaque and transparent plastics in varying strap widths and a metal cigarette heel. The newest technology advances in production have had to be implemented to satisfy the demands of this model which goes on sale internationally, June 2010 with a retail price of £160. ''Jean Paul Gaultier X Melissa'' comes in: black, caramel, beige, lime and tangerine.
“I believe plastic is only limited by a designer’s creativity” – Edson Matsuo, Creative Director, MELISSA.