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London Transport trainers

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Central Line

London Transport seat designs have been used in many unexpected places, from bags to household furniture. Now you can take a little piece of the capital with you everywhere you go with these trainers, courtesy of Above + Below London. The trainers are made using recycled (and carefully cleaned) upholstery fabric from tube lines as well as British Rail carriages and First buses. To make them even more eco-friendly the leather trim comes from recycled wallets and the rubber soles are from old tyres.

Their e-store features information on each design – the pattern on the pictured trainer was used between 1956 and 1967 on the Victoria and Piccadilly Lines, from the 1960s on the Central Line and later on the Metropolitan Line – as well as information about the tube lines themselves. The shoes are priced according to how rare the fabric is and, as this particular pair use an 'ultra rare' fabric, they will set you back £90. This design is relatively subdued compared to some of the other colourful offerings, so there is something for all tastes and transport preferences.

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