To celebrate World Vegan Month in November, here are the top brands selling sustainable trainers
The Vegan movement began around 1944 and has grown considerably. According to research there’s been a 75 percent increase in products described as “vegan” in the UK year over the past year and footwear, like vegan trainers, accounted for 16 percent of the total UK market in 2018, up from 15 percent in 2017. Sustainable and vegan footwear has had a bit of rep for being a bit, well, ‘rubbish’ in the past. But the movement has come a long way since then.
So who should you be buying from if you’re looking for vegan trainers?
Adidas got on board in 2017, collaborating with environmental initiative Parley for the Oceans. It re-released its EQT sneaker using up-cycled plastic waste collected from Maldives’ beaches.
Italian brand Rombaut’s core mission is to protect the Earth’s biodiversity. All materials and fabrics are sustainably engineered from plant-based materials, using stone, tree bark, natural rubber, cotton cellulose and coconut fibre.
The Nike Plant Color Collection has just been announced as the Summer 2019 capsule collection. It’s “inspired by alternative ways to make colour,” using plant-based dyes. The Air Max 95 and Blazer Low will be the first recipients to undergo this eco-makeover.
Veja is the ‘eco-it’ shoe brand of the moment after the Duchess of Sussex was spotted copping a pair. By combining a winning formula of simple, yet stylish designs, millennial marketing and a sustainable focus, the brand has tapped into today’s modern consumer. The plain white V-10 Low Top with coloured Vs are the next modern classics on every savvy sneakerhead’s wishlist.
Veja’s retro-influenced white vegan-leather Campo trainers blend the sleek silhouettes of its original models to form a smart-yet-sporty shoe. The side logo appliqué is made from wild-sourced Amazonian rainforest rubber.
Stella McCartney has been at the forefront of ethical and sustainable fashion way before it hit the masses. Her Loop Sneakers are stitched together without glue for an innovative shoe that can be completely dismantled and recycled.
The Cotton + Corn is an initiative Reebok has been working on with partners like Dupont Tate & Lyle for several years. These sneakers are made from a 100 percent cotton upper and a bio-based corn sole. According to Reebok, the NPC UK Cotton + Corn is the first ever 75 percent USDA-certified bio-based shoe, so you can feel good about what you’re wearing.
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