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This Celebrity-Favorite Sustainable Sneaker Just Got Even *More* Sustainable

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Brace yourselves: for the second year in a row, Cariuma is making waves with *new*, made-to-order oceanic colorways in honor of World Oceans Day (June 8, in case ya missed it), and even landlubbers will want a pair ASAP. The Brazilian sneaker company has partnered with 4ocean—which has been cleaning up waterways and coastlines across the globe since 2017—to launch three limited-edition shades of their popular OCA low-top sneaker. For every pair purchased, the brands will pull out two pounds of plastic and marine debris from oceans and rivers, making an already eco-friendly shoe even more eco-friendlier.

The online sneaker market thrives on buzz, and the sustainability market does too. Meet in the middle, and you’ve got Cariuma, the sustainable everyday sneaker adored by celebrities and lauded in five star reviews. You bet your bottom dollar we’ve been on the 60,000+ person waitlist quite a few times.

Crafted from ethically sourced raw materials like bamboo, sugarcane, and mamona oil, this waste-conscious Brazilian brand offers seven styles that are stylish and comfortable for all genders. Whether you’re all in on the plastic-free lifestyle or taking baby (ahem) steps, Cariuma’s walk-the-walk initiatives make it easier than ever to shop with your morals. Case in point: each sneaker has details like plant-based vegan insoles, organic cotton canvas, and laces made from organic cotton and post-consumer recycled plastics. For each pair bought, the founders plant two trees in the Amazonian rainforest, which has been slowly devastated by deforestation. Better yet, you can walk all day in these bad boys, and will look good doing it.

Now, you can double down on the sustainability efforts, planting two trees and removing two pounds of plastic with just a click of the button. The Cariuma x 4ocean OCA Low Sneakers ($89) are currently available in three ocean-inspired color: 4ocean's trademark blue, a salty off-white, and a steely, charcoal gray. The collection is made-to-order for shipping in August 2022.

Make waves in your very own Cariuma x 4ocean OCA Low Sneakers

Cariuma x 4ocean, 4ocean Blue — $89.00

This uber lightweight pair from Cariuma has a versatile design and narrow silhouette, making them comfy to wear and easy to style. Its sturdy fabric? Made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Cushioned with memory foam with vegan insoles made of organic mamona oil and cork, they’re just as effortless after ten miles as they are kicked up on a boat.

Cariuma x 4ocean, Off-White — $89.00

Did we mention these shoes take practically zero time to break in? You can pop ‘em on and start adventuring immediately. Still, they feel sturdy and supportive. This off-white shade can blend with most occasions and dress codes. I envision pairing mine with crisp white jeans (and ideally an aperol spritz by the seaside.) While I don’t normally love logos on light shoes, this 4Ocean emblem is a subtle reminder of the shoe’s benefit; the sleek blue line running across it is a tasteful nautical touch.

Cariuma x 4ocean, Gray — $89.00

Like a stormy sky before a gale, or the glean of an anchor chain, these gray shoes have a minimalist marine feel. Lucky us—charcoal gray goes with everything. Its classic, timeless style is intentional: if you have a shoe that works for every situation, there’s no need to buy more. But since Cariuma’s materials are ethically sourced and their shipping is carbon-neutral, we’ll go ahead and take them all…

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