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Ferragamo launches a line of eco-friendly men's shoes

October 21, 2010 | 10:16 am

Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo is going green with its newest collection.

Ferragamo World, a line of six casual men's shoes featuring bio-friendly soles, will officially debut at an event Thursday night in New York co-hosted by Vanity Fair and John Legend -- with the collection launching in the Los Angeles Ferragamo boutique Thursday.

Priced from $275 to $340, the laid-back footwear, which was "inspired by the urban Italian traveler," features uppers made from leather and fabric, with a sole that won't be leaving a carbon footprint.

A portion of sales from the capsule collection will be donated to Acumen Fund, a nonprofit organization that addresses poverty in South Asia and East Africa through investments in business that deliver crucial goods and services to low-income families.

Best of all, you'd never know the shoes are "green." The spiffy styles, which include a red leather slip-on loafer and work-appropriate tan chukka boot, look as dapper as Ferragamo's signature fare.

--Emili Vesilind

Photos: A look from the Ferragamo World collection. Credit: Salvatore Ferragamo