Comfy and trendy aren’t always two words that work together in the same sentence but street trainers – or sneakers – successfully crossed that great divide back in the 1980s, and new designs often get the kind of publicity reserved for Kpop and royal babies.
From Converse and Lacoste to Nike and Adidas, each brand has had its time to shine as the latest label to be wearing on your feet. And what’s exciting for vegans is that the industry is keeping pace with a changing world, so we can now happily be part of the scene without causing any harm to animals. Check out our picks for this season.
Wills Vegan Store – NY Sneakers, $145
These breathable and water-resistant sneakers come in various colours. They’re created using with Italian vegan leather made from plants and bio oil sourced from organic cereal crops grown in Northern Europe in a carbon neutral process. Phew! Free shipping to Australia.
Matt & Nat – Hazel, $98
This Canadian company continue to impress with their vegan ranges, always using vegan leather and recycled materials. The Hazel sneakers are created from smooth vegan leather with a round toe and six lace-up designs so they can work back with almost every look. We love both the White and Lily.
Beyond Skin – Esme Silver Vegan Trainers, $145
Are you looking to get noticed? Check out the Esme minimalist style trainer from Beyond Skin. Handmade in Spain these hi-tops were created using silver faux leather, making them 100% vegan. Launched in 2001, Natalie and her team know what women are looking for and they deliver season after season.
Stella McCartney – Stella #stansmith Adidas, $430
It’s hard to walk away from Stan Smith. Although a little on the $$$ side, Stella’s signature Stan Smiths will stay on our Wishlist forever. Created in Italy using 100% recycled polyester, these sneakers have all the Stella and Stan signatures from the logo print on the tongue to the perforated star side panels. You’ll be making a statement.
Veja – SDU Hexa, $155
Using recycled polyester, this sustainable label, Veja, has created the very cool and understated SDU Hexa sneaker. Made with a breathable mesh and vegan suede upper, this style is not hard not to purchase!
Converse – Custom Chuck Taylor All Star Pride High Top, $80
From their rainbow soles to custom made options (with your choice of flag inspired colours, laces and limited-edition patches), we love the new vegan All Star Pride High Top from Converse. Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride, they might not be your everyday go-to sneaker, but they’re a “must have” from us!
Tips from PETA when shopping for vegan shoes:
+ Non-synthetic materials: Nearly all running shoes are made exclusively with synthetic materials to keep them light and breathable, but some are made of synthetics blended with animal skin (leather).
+ Glues: The synthetic materials of running shoes are put together using strong glues. In some brands, the glue is derived from animal bones.
+ Dyes: Most shoes are made with synthetic dyes, but some brands may colour their shoes with inks and dyes derived from animals.
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About the Author
Sally is a director of The Vegan Company.
Sally has extensive experience working in high end fashion and beauty across media and communications, starting out in London (does mentioning the 90s date her?!) before settling in Sydney.
She loves a start up, so when the chance came to put her skills to work with early stage companies she formed her own business and went for it, consulting to a number of fantastic businesses that have gone on to be great successes.
As a qualified colour and style consultant, Sally is not afraid to tell you who wore it best! With 4 children (counting, of course, the 4 legged fur ball) and a home in Sydney’s inner west, Sally loves her busy life: running, cycling, walking, sports and good food and wine….definitely good wine!
Having grown up in the mincemeat environment of Northern England, working on The Vegan Company has altered Sally’s perspective on life, and opened her eyes. She genuinely feels that she can make a change, one step at a time, one day at a time! She is proud to be part of this new wave, and for her, this new world.
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