Ancuta Sarca goes far beyond sportswear shoes
Shoes are a great reflection of how the world changes, how consumers' needs adapt to new customs, and how new designers are more attentive to current issues.
Ancuta Sarca, a Romanian-born designer based in London, has been gaining her place in the competitive world of footwear by upcycling techniques and reusing leather pieces found in thrift stores to create her own hybrid designs. AS’s shoes go far beyond athleisure, sportswear, or any other definitions, it’s an obsession ready to happen.
In her latest collection for AW'21, the designer created handbags with deadstock leather from sneakers, bringing a delicate aesthetic totally different from the original piece. But she definitely has an unforgettable mark, matching unwanted Nike with vintage kitten heels, which have become Cher's favorites.
AS doesn't work with Nike anymore, but the brand's new collection for SS'21 will reuse leather from UK shoe factories. Creating more sustainably may be more full of obstacles, but this hasn't stopped the designer, as you can see in these pieces. These red AS 10 mules are crafted in Italy, for those who want to earn their own stripes. The model has a very sporty aesthetic, just like the AS 60 mules in black leather and neon yellow, but this one has a lower heel.
If you want to be a little more discreet — as if it were possible — the AS 65 is made entirely of black leather, with only a blue detail on the tongue. And since it's a summer collection, the AS 65 sandals have a leather structure and look like sneakers but do not cover your feet. They're just a little like sneakers.
If a design is made to solve problems, Ancuta Sarca has checked the entire list. Her creations have no gender, they were created having the well-being of the planet and the next generation in mind, and you no longer have to choose between vintage heels and sneakers. Do you want anything else? ✍️
The future doesn’t allow waste, so don’t miss those.