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Spanish Vegan Sneaker Brand Vegtus Expands With New Line Inspired by City Dwellers

Vegtus, which claims to be the first Spanish brand to make cactus leather sneakers, announced it will soon launch its new Spring Summer 2023 collection inspired by city dwellers and urban fashion. “The city is a constant source of inspiration for us, from fashion to culture, and is reflected in the new SS23 models,” Vegtus told culturamas. The new collection (yet to be discovered) has been designed for spring and summer, bringing new colors and shapes, but the recycled materials and cruelty-free leathers will remain the protagonists, said Vegtus. Cactus leather vs. cowhide Born and manufactured entirely in Spain, Vegtus — ‘Veg’ for vegan and ‘tus’ for cactus — uses Nopal cacti-derived leather for its ethical and sustainable sneaker and sandal collections, combining trend with …


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Sokito Launches First Ever Vegan Society Certified Football Boot

Eco-friendly sportswear brand Sokito has launched a vegan football boot made with recycled and sustainably sourced materials. Called the Devista Vegan, the boot features uppers made from a leather alternative containing 45% recycled nylon. The vegan suede lining is made from 85% plastic bottles, while the foam insole is 20% recycled rubber. The soleplate is made using castor beans, which are produced using 87% renewable carbon. Other shoe components such as the heel counter, thread, and laces are also made partially or entirely from recycled materials. The Devista Vegan is the first ever football boot to be certified by the Vegan Society, and only the second in the world to be certified vegan by any organisation. It is designed in the UK and ethically handmade …


Grounded People Vegan Shoes

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Canada’s Grounded People Raises $2.5M to Expand ‘Industry-Leading’ Ethical Footwear

Ethical fashion brand Grounded People (CNSX: SHOE) announces it has received a “significant breakthrough” investment of $2.5M in capital from Vancouver-based Right Season Investments Corp. The brand, which specializes in fair wage and sustainable vegan shoes, says the capital will strengthen its leadership position and help expand its portfolio and distribution. In addition, Grounded People is preparing to launch a redesigned website and new collection of sustainable shoes beginning Friday, January 20th.  Known for its trendy unisex shoes, Grounded People says its line features ethically sourced, eco-conscious materials, produced in fair wage conditions. The brand’s PETA-approved footwear is almost entirely handmade from recycled materials in Brazil, in one of the world’s only exclusively vegan shoe factories.  The company adds it uses Blockchain technology for complete …


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PRIMAL Soles: World’s First 100% Recyclable Shoe Insoles Created from Cork

PRIMAL Soles, a startup based in the Netherlands, claims to be the first company in the world to create 100% recyclable shoe insoles made from natural Mediterranean cork and recyclable memory foam.  The company was founded in 2021 by David Even to create alternative shoe insoles that could be recycled and reused to reduce the amount of non-recyclable landfill waste produced by the footwear industry, specifically the insole industry. “Sustainability is at the core of our business model,” says Even. With maximum comfort and a minimal ecological footprint as the company’s goal, a team of experts designed an insole collection that offers wearers a soft, supportive base for the foot while also providing breathability, flexibility, and durability.   Responsibility for the entire product life-cycle According …



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UNLESS Collective and NFW Drop “World’s First Regenerative Sneaker” Made of 100% Plants & Minerals

UNLESS Collective, a regenerative fashion company, has partnered with plant-based material leader Natural Fiber Welding to create The UNLESS DEGENERATE, a biodegradable shoe that it describes as the world’s first regenerative sneaker. The UNLESS DEGENERATE is 100% composed of plants and minerals and is said to “decompose at the end of its life to birth something entirely new”. The production of the shoe involves zero plastics or petrochemicals, says UNLESS. Zero plastic waste streetwear Based in the US Pacific Northwest, UNLESS makes plant-based streetwear designed to leave zero plastic waste, stating that it operates the world’s first regenerative fashion platform. The company ensures all of its products can be repaired, recycled or harmlessly decomposed at the end of their useful life. Continued success for NFW …


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Indian Vegan Leather Shoe Producer Rapidbox Raises $4.5M in Series A Funding

Rapidbox, an India-based startup producing vegan leather sneakers, has raised $4.5 million in a Series A funding round led by SIG Venture Capital. Other participants included Tanglin Venture Partners, India Quotient, and Ananya Goenka (an investment banking analyst). The startup, which also produces other fashion and sportswear items, says it will use the funding to improve customer experience, expand its product range, and further build the brand. Rapidbox sneakers feature uppers made from either high-gauge vegan leather or polyester yarns. According to the company, the soles, footbeds, and laces are all made from high-quality animal-free materials, ensuring the shoes will be long-lasting. Rapidbox products are sold via the company’s app and on marketplaces such as FlipKart and Myntra. The brand aims to provide high-quality shoes …


Vegan Cactus Leather Shoes

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G.H. Bass Launches First Vegan Weejun Loafers with Desserto Cactus Leather

American footwear brand G.H. Bass, known for introducing the first penny loafers in 1936, announces it is releasing two vegan versions of its classic Weejun Loafer made from Desserto cactus leather.   “Cutting-edge” sustainability Launching for Fall/ Winter 2022, the new Cactus Leather Weejun Loafers feature alternative leather developed from nopal cactus leaves, and are available in Green, Burgundy and Black colorways. The Loafers include cactus leather soft liners and insoles, waxy threaded stitched seams and traditonal Weejuns lightweight outsoles.  The Cactus Leather Loafers are available on the G.H. Bass website and retail for $202. Attractive alt-leather Founded by Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, Desserto’s award-winning cactus leather quickly broke into sustainable fashion world as an attractive, toxin- and cruelty-free alternative to leather.  Following its …


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Allbirds Launches First 100% Vegan Sneakers Made from Upcycled Rice and Citrus Peels

Footwear brand Allbirds has announced the launch of the Plant Pacer, its first 100% vegan sneaker. While Allbirds is traditionally known for its natural line of shoes incorporating sheep’s wool, the Plant Pacer makes use of sustainable, plastic and petroleum-free plant leather.  88% less carbon The Plant Pacer offers the same signature comfort Allbirds is famous for, and is constructed from innovative materials like rubber, plant oils, upcycled rice hulls and even citrus peels.  The shoe’s eco-friendly ingredients mean it produces 88% less carbon than conventional animal leather, and 75% less than standard synthetic pleather. The Plant Pacer, which retails for about $135, also features lightweight eucalyptus-based TENCEL™Lyocell blend lining. Allbirds is offering a canvas version of the Plant Pacer constructed with organic cotton and …


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LØCI Raises £4M From Leonardo DiCaprio and More for Ocean Plastic Sneakers

British sneaker brand LØCI announces it has raised a £4 million seed round from high-profile investors including actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio. According to the fashion label, the investment from DiCaprio will help amplify its mission of making sustainable fashion more accessible and affordable.  Founded in April 2021, LØCI (pronounced “low-key”) produces vegan, biodegradable shoes that are crafted from certified recycled ocean plastic. Upon its launch, the brand achieved seven figures in sales in its first year, and has since expanded into 26 global markets, partnering with top retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  LØCI counts Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Olivia Wilde and Eva Longoria among its celebrity fans, which has helped propel the 15-month-old brand to global fame and popularity. LØCI says …



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Fenics: Sustainable Vegan Sneakers Inspired by the Eighties

French company Fenics produces eighties-inspired vegan sneakers with half the carbon footprint of other brands on the market. The shoes also take half the amount of water and energy to produce compared to conventional sneakers. This is largely due to the sustainable materials used in their construction. The outer part of the shoes is made from apple fibres, while the inner lining is cotton and the insole is recycled polyurethane. The outsole contains a combination of natural and synthetic rubber. The shoes are made in an artisan workshop in Spain, which is powered by renewable energy. When worn out, they can be returned to Fenics and partially recycled in exchange for a €20 credit. To keep their carbon footprint low, the shoes are only available …


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Reebok and National Geographic Launch Vegan Shoe Collection Inspired by Endangered Species

British athletic wear company Reebok and National Geographic have partnered to launch a new footwear collection inspired by the world’s endangered species, including the Nano X2 Grow and Club C 85 Vegan. Debuting Oct. 4th, the collection is also influenced by National Geographic’s award-winning visual storytelling and is made without any animal-based products. The collection features the following designs: Club C 85 Vegan – A version of the Club C shoe that honors sixteen endangered species with unique patterns dedicated to different animals, including the Galapagos Penguin, Black Rhino, Eastern Gorilla, Ring-tailed Lemur and Fiji Banded Iguana. Nano X2 Grow “Formidable Species”  – A plant-based version of Reebok’s popular Nano X2 training shoes, featuring patterns showcasing such as the Grizzly Bear, Puffer Fish, Poison Dart …


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Simplifyber: “We are Fundamentally Changing the Entire Process of Making Shoes and Clothes”

Simplifyber does not create normal apparel. The clothes and shoes made by this New York brand are not only 3d printed and “created in a lab, not in a factory”, but are also 100% biodegradable. It’s a fascinating area of innovation, bearing in mind that the fashion industry is the third most polluting industry, responsible for more CO2 emissions than the shipping and the aviation industry combined, and one which brought Simplifibyer an initial swell of interest from investors to the tune of multiple millions this summer. We were excited for the opportunity to speak with CEO Maria Intscher-Owrang, whose 20+ year career as a fashion designer and director includes periods at leading fashion houses, including Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, and Alexander McQueen. What is …


Solari Milano vegan shoe

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Vegan Italian Dress Shoe Brand Solari Milano Launches 

Vegan shoe brand Solari Milano was born to produce cruelty-free shoes to keep up with sustainability trends without sacrificing comfort and elegance. The new men’s footwear brand claims to combine being made in Italy with respect for the environment and styles that match the office or an elegant event.  Solari Milano shoes are made with a corn fabric, which is breathable, durable, water-resistant, yet soft. Solari shoes are 100% Italian, with the production based in Tuscany. The project started a year and a half ago and the product line currently consists of three models: oxfords, loafers and brogues, all made with cruelty-free products, thus safeguarding the lives of animals while contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and saving water. The brainchild of former …



AERA: Luxury Vegan Italian Footwear Founded by Former Dolce & Gabbana Exec

AERA is a luxury brand making sustainable and vegan Italian footwear. The company was co-founded by Tina Bhojwani, a former executive at Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karan. Bhojwani had been working for major fashion brands for 20 years when she decided to start a business with a more postive impact on the planet. Initially, she joined forces with university friend Alvertos Revach, who had just started an investment fund focused on sustainable businesses. Soon afterwards, shoe designer Jean-Michel Cazabat — whom Bhojwani had previously worked with — came on board. The trio decided to develop luxury vegan shoes that were indistinguishable from those made with conventional materials. Materials For the exterior of its shoes, AERA uses cotton and synthetic materials such as polyester and …


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Doghammer Launches the “World’s First” 100% Vegan Mountain Bike Shoe

Doghammer, the outdoor brand from Germany, has launched what it claims to be the first ever vegan mountain bike shoes. Called the Bike Graveler, the technical shoes are made from vegan materials including alt leather, natural canvas, and cork.  Available with the clipless pedal system, the Bike Graveler from Doghammer makes use of a Vibram sole made of recycled rubber as well as vegan glue to hold the shoe together. Vegan leather is used, as well as a removable insole made from cork which the brand claims is quick drying and odorless.  Vegan athletes More and more sports and outdoor brands are now opting for sustainable and animal-free footwear. Vegan athletes often struggle to find suitable options free from conventional leather, suede, or animal-based glue, …