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Braille sneakers affirm inclusivity

Braille sneakers
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Inclusion aims to eliminate stereotypes that have left people who don’t fit in with society’s perceived norms feeling like outcasts.

Over time, these stereotypes have been slowly disappearing as louder voices are being heard to discredit them – particularly led by Gen-Z – persuading some brands and companies to reconstruct their standards.

As is the case in fashion, with collections that are now accessible to as many people as possible, whether in terms of size, gender, culture or ability.

The Caval brand is carrying on its well-established collaboration with Handicap International NGO with a new sneaker line, reported The Star. The duo has partnered with street artist The Blind – who creates works in Braille – to create two pairs of sneakers with a sole marked with the words “Humanite” (French for humanity) and “Inclusion” in Braille, enabling fashion fans to show their support for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Made in Europe, the shoes are available in two models – one all-black style with white Braille writing, and one blue and white colourway.

What’s more, the entire shoe is made with recycled or eco-friendly materials, including the laces.

For many years, Caval has committed itself to design products that would today be considered inclusive. Indeed, the brand’s mismatched, or asymmetrically designed sneakers are designed to call attention to difference.

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