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Teva Reunites With Cotopaxi on Outerwear, Slipper-Inspired Shoe

Earth-loving brands unite: Teva and Cotopaxi are taking on sustainable gear together.

On Tuesday, the Deckers-owned footwear brand and the Salt Lake City-based outdoor apparel maker announced an adventure-ready capsule collection made up of cool weather shoes and jackets. The limited collection, including a multicolored ReEmber slip-on shoe from Teva as well as Cotopaxi’s Teca Cálido jacket, is designed around the style and functionality of each brand.

The mountain-inspired products draw on recycled materials, featuring color blocking reminiscent of soaring peaks and valleys. Teva said its $85 slip-on-meets-sneaker silhouette offers “a sleeping back for your feet,” pulling influence from Cotopaxi’s bright and colorful apparel. The shoe features a 100-percent recycled ripstop upper for a rugged look and feel, as well as a topographic printed liner, a 50-percent recycled EVA midsole, recycled collar, collapsible heel, and 50-percent recycled rubber outsole.

Made up of footwear and apparel, the collection celebrates the great outdoors and is made from recycled inputs.
Meanwhile, the complementary Cotopaxi outerwear—a hooded, reversible quilted jacket—is made from repurposed taffeta factory scraps from other apparel brands, as well as upcycled polyester insulation. The $150 co-branded piece comes in two autumnal color ways, featuring a color-blocked outer shell and topographic print on the inside. Designed to be folded up, the jacket can be stuffed into its chest pocket for storage and packing. Cotopaxi / Teva

“October is the perfect time for us to launch some fall and winter essentials that are incredibly versatile, with the insulated version of the Cotopaxi Teca jacket and a cozy, warm Teva ReEmber slipper-sneaker,” Mark Magruder, Teva’s senior product line manager, told Sourcing Journal.

Cotopaxi and Teva first teamed up in July of last year on a sandal capsule with a near immediate sell-out on the Original Universal style made with Cotopaxi’s ripstop material, he added. “That signaled a significant appetite for more product from our two brands—it was a no-brainer to come back together for a second round.”

“Beyond the demand, we always love partnering with brands that embody our values in giving back to both people and the planet,” Magruder said.

Annie Agle, senior director of impact and sustainability for Cotopaxi, noted that “the future of capitalism centers on collaboration, not competition.”

The brands have come together to donate $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs organization.
“Brands need to come together to take responsibility for the negative impacts on sustainability as well as join forces to deliver positive societal support,” she added. In addition to partnering to produce the line, the brands have collectively pledged to donate $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Denver and Hollywood in support of youth leadership, education, and access to the outdoors. The two chapters were chosen specifically by the brands, which identified those communities as being in need of special support. Mel Culpepper, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood, said the grant would help the organization meet its goal of improving access to wellness and the outdoors. Cotopaxi / Teva

“By leveraging our collaboration to address systemic inequality, we hope that our two companies can stand together to help support a better way of doing business,” Agle added.