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Eco purists who still want their shoes to have that “Made in Italy” pedigree will have a new option next spring with the launch of Tuoggi, a line of environmentally minded styles for men and women from the Ballin Franco factory, showing at GDS and Micam this month. Featuring leather and rubber soles, the shoes incorporate vegetable-tanned uppers that are certified to be in compliance with the European Union’s sustainability standards, and use easily recyclable finishing materials. Tuoggi styles also feature memory-foam insoles and ergonomic footbeds designed to deliver comfort while walking. The collection, comprising both casual and dressy looks (at left), is launching with about 50 styles for women and 30 for men, and will retail from $200 to $265. Targeted to trend-savvy boutiques and other accounts in the U.S. and internationally, the line will deliver this December.
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