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By: Matt Hickman on Nov. 29, 2011, 6:58 a.m.
gray sneakers with red soles

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New Balance newSKY sneakers

For Garrett, your footwear-obsessed brother-in-law who defies logic by having more shoes in his closet than you do: From New Balance, the Boston-based athletic shoe company known for its strong social and environmental initiatives and emphasis on domestic manufacturing, comes newSKY, a fresh line of eco-sneakers with uppers made from Eco-fi, an innovative polyester material that’s composed of 95 percent recycled PET (recycled plastic bottles). Each pair of these comfortable, classically handsome kicks incorporate an average of eight PET bottles into the uppers. Available in several styles for men and women. $94.99.