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Allbirds Release Limited-Edition Collection to Celebrate NZ Bird of the Year

To celebrate the New Zealand Bird of the Year, Allbirds has released a limited-edition collection dedicated to the winner.

More than two-thirds of New Zealand’s native birds are threatened with extinction. To help shine a light on the crisis and to give the country’s unique birdlife a voice, each year New Zealand Forest & Bird runs ‘Bird of the Year’ where the public can vote for their favourite bird.

Last year’s title was taken out by the KererĹ« – the New Zealand wood pigeon – and to mark the win, sustainably minded footwear brand Allbirds has once again partnered with New Zealand Forest & Bird to launch a limited collection of shoes to celebrate the nation’s Bird of the Year

To support the New Zealand Forest & Bird’s conservation work, and in homage of the Kererū, the Allbirds design team have come up with two feather-inspired shoes: the Sober Kererū seen in the low-profile Tree Runner style and the Tipsy Kererū in the high-top Tree Topper style.

Allbirds’ Tree fabrication is a renewable material that is much easier on the environment than traditional fabrics. The tree fibre — TENCELTM Lyocell — is sourced from South African farms that minimize fertilizer and rely on rainfall, not irrigation. Compared to traditional materials like cotton, it uses 95% less water and cuts their carbon footprint in half. Along with this tree-based upper, the shoelaces are made from recycled bottles and the soles are made from sugar.

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“One of the reasons New Zealanders love Bird of the Year so much is because of the passion, quirky Originality, and light-hearted trash-talking that goes into promoting our native birds. Everyone involved has a lot of fun,” says Forest & Bird spokesperson Megan Hubscher.

“Partnering with an organisation that is similarly dedicated to a more sustainable future is important for Allbirds and we are excited to be continuing the relationship” says Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of the Sober Kereru and Tipsy Kereru shoe will be donated to Forest & Bird New Zealand in support of their work.

You’ll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on a pair as last year the Bird of the Year collection sold out within just two weeks.

The shoes are available now both online at Allbirds.com or in-store at the Allbirds Auckland boutique in Britomart.

Click here to shop the Allbirds limited-edition collection and here to vote for the next Bird of the Year. 

 

Why the latest Ziera shoe range will put a spring in your step

Global trends and ultimate comfort put Ziera a step ahead this spring

Bold colours, textured fabrics, and new technology all feature this season.

Ziera’s collection for spring and summer is all about making a strong statement, whether that’s for work, play or party.

Head designer Rosie Jamieson and the design team have taken global trends, such as animal prints and bold colours, and combined them with Ziera’s world-leading technology to create a range that will take women anywhere, anytime, in style.

Ziera's latest range is designed with every version of "you" in mind.

Ziera’s latest range is designed with every version of “you” in mind.

“We’re celebrating individuality, confidence and self-expression,” says Rosie. “As well as the bold patterns and strong silhouettes, we’re going big on natural, handcrafted heritage looks, with intricate tooling, laser cut detailing, burnished leather, and the ever-popular espadrille.”

“Thanks to Ziera’s team of experts, Ziera’s Lightweight Heel is 50% lighter than before, which makes a real difference for women who are on their feet all day.
“We’ve gone one step further with the new rubber mix soles on our casual styles – it saves an amazing 100 grams per foot on our Pearl and Pamela sneakers,” says Rosie.

“And, of course, our Pillow Walk technology features contouring, arch support, memory foam and cushioning to keep you comfortable, no matter how high the heels are or how far you walk – no more sore feet!”

In another ground-breaking move, Ziera has launched a range of vegan-friendly Flex styles, which are completely free of animal products and derivatives and, what’s more, they’re machine-washable!

Key trends for Spring Summer 19-20

– Animal prints
– Bold colours
– Artisanal influences
– Relaxed florals
– Vegan-friendly styles
– Heels that don’t hurt

Whatever type of shoe you need, Ziera has an on-trend solution so you can enjoy your life and not be distracted by discomfort.

Ziera – where comfort and style meet all day, every day, for every version of you.

Leopard print Addie flat shoe: AUS$219.95:

Zebra print flat sandal: Arcadia, AUS$229.95:

Floral lace-up Nancy sneaker: AUS$189.95

Metallic silver lace-up: Odie, AUS$249.95:

 

Bold statement colour Jinx mules, available in azalea pink, lemon yellow & black: AUS$239.95: