A recently-launched brand of high-fashion, vegan footwear based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Cri de Coeur was founded by longtime vegan and Parson School of Design graduate Gina Ferraraccio. Borrowing a name from a French expression which means "to cry from the heart," the (mostly) made-in-Portugal line is Ferraraccio's response to the lack of stylish shoes that are both ethically-produced and animal-friendly. Partnering with The Carbon Fund to offset her inevitable carbon footprint, Ferraraccio also pledges to plant a tree for every shoe sold.
For me personally, socially conscious means of production would mean little if it wasn't for the exquisite craftmanship and blatant sex appeal. The Scout, a very "now" ankle boot made from sueded microfiber is surprisingly sturdy and comfortable to wear. The Adrina a strappy canvas gladiator wedge combines 1940s glamour with a very wearable contemporary style.