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Manolo Blahnik creates sustainable shoes

Manolo Blahnik is to launch a range of eco-friendly footwear.

The show designer has teamed up with Marcia Patmos on the project. The pieces will be launched in the spring and are made of sustainable materials such as cork and raffia. They will also feature material made from tilapia skins, a part of the fish which is usually thrown out.

"I am always researching sustainable materials and developments. I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it's actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods," Marcia told WWD. "I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market - it doesn't have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags."

Manolo has helped create two different shoes. One of them is a flat version which boasts an open toe area and two straps, while the other is a high heel of the kind he is most known for.

The footwear will be available in nude, yellow, bright blue and black.

They will be sold at Manolo Blahnik shops for $895.

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