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If you’ve ever traveled to Venice Beach, you’ll know about the cool-kid charm of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, where coffee and skate shops dot the palm tree-lined street alongside stylish boutiques and Cali-themed outposts of your favorite stores.
But the crown jewel on Abbot Kinney has always been Gjelina, the casual yet impeccably curated nu-American restaurant that’s played host to everyone from Beyoncé and Leonardo DiCaprio to Prince Harry (pre-Meghan Markle) and Taylor Swift (who was once spotted there on a date with Calvin Harris). Locals will tell you that Gjelina has an unpretentious neighborhood vibe, while out-of-towners will undoubtedly have stories about the artsy air that projects from the restaurant’s “no mods” menu, down to the washed-out tones of the space’s decor and even their crisp, hand-dyed linens.
Related: Step Into Greener Style with These Eco-Friendly Sneakers
More than a decade after opening in Venice, it’s still next to impossible to score a decent reservation for Gjelina. But fans and followers alike can now score something else: a pair of sustainable, Gjelina-inspired sneakers.
These new shoes are part of a collaboration between the Gjelina Hospitality Group and Cariuma, the sustainable Brazilian footwear brand known for their eco-friendly kicks that have been spotted on Helen Mirren, Pete Davidson, Naomi Watts and many other stars. Inspired by the shades used in Gjelina Group’s thoughtfully curated spaces, the collaboration updates Cariuma’s best-selling OCA Low silhouette — a Vans-like canvas sneaker that features a low-profile design, non-slip rubber sole and classic lace-up design.
The Gjelina x Cariuma collab features one sneaker in sand canvas with the original Gjelina restaurant logo printed on the side, and a steel blue colorway with sister restaurant Gjusta’s logo on the side.
Like all of Cariuma’s shoes, everything is sustainably-produced, with laces made from recycled plastic and organic cotton, a vegan insole made from organic mamona oil and cork, and a slip-resistant rubber outsole (rubber is a renewable resource). CARIUMA also pledges to plant a tree in the Brazilian rainforest for every pair of sustainable sneakers sold.
Great for fans of Gjelina’s restaurants and sneakerheads alike, the unisex slip-ons come in sizes 5 to 13 and retail for $89. Shop the Gjelina x Cariuma collection online at Cariuma.com.
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