Unless somebody fell into the machine where they melt down the old shoes into new material, or something like that. This is “Desire + Triton” by Melissa, and it’s made from some plastic material called Melflex, which is not your grandmother’s PVC by any means:
Melissa Shoes are made from MELFLEX plastic, a patented, hypo-allergenic, recyclable, and extremely flexible PVC. The shoes are totally cruelty free and devoid of animal products. The Brazilian-based company is totally rad in its recycling of 99.9% of factory water and waste, and they also go the distance by recycling overstock styles into next season’s collection. Even better? Melissa Shoes employees are paid above average wages and benefits.
I suppose I could argue that 99.9 percent might be technically only partially rad, but I suspect it’s far better than the industry average. And since the shoe is “extremely flexible,” it’s also presumably free of cruelty to your feet unlike, for instance, this atrocity. The price of $58 is also at least reasonably uncruel.