Vegan trainers: a guilt-free choice (now also stylish)
Sneakers made from pineapples? High-tops made from coconuts? Hanna Cooper, founder of Voodism, a vegan online fashion retailer, picks this summer's most stylish vegan trainers for men...
MADE FROM PINEAPPLE LEAVES
Hugo Boss Men's Piñatex Blue Vegan Trainers The new Hugo Boss trainers are designed from Piñatex, which is a leather alternative made from waste pineapple leaves. I’m a big fan of this material, not just because of it’s eco-credentials but because I do love a good story. If you have time, look into Dr Carmen Hijosa, the inventor. She's a force of nature.
MADE FROM PVC-FREE MICROFIBRE
FAIR Beige Vegan Slip On Trainers These slip-on trainers are a great summer option from Portuguese brand FAIR (For All Its Rights). According to Greenpeace, PVC is the most toxic plastic, so it's great to see that FAIR makes its products from an ecological microfibre. It's made at a CO2 free manufacturing system, too, hence why they’re one of my favourite vegan brands. £122.00
MADE FROM COCONUT HUSKS
Po-Zu Hans Solo Black Vegan High Top Trainers Are you a vegan Star Wars fans? Well, by the looks of Po-Zu's Hans Solo high-top trainers, you're in luck. Perfectly timed for the latest movie release, SOLO: A Star Wars Story, these trainers are made from an eco-friendly mix of organic cotton, fair rubber and, yes, coconut husk. £60
MADE FROM RECYCLED CAR AIRBAGSAnother strong contender from Portugal are these grey sneakers from ethical brand Nae. Standing for No Animal Exploitation, this PETA-approved brand is known for using natural and eco-friendly materials such as the upper of the trainer that is made from recycled plastic bottles. They even recycle old car airbags. £100
MADE FROM ETHICAL RUBBER
TOMS Lomas Grey Vegan Canvas Slip-on Trainers TOM's are renowned for summer footwear so these grey canvas trainers which are part of their vegan collection, definitely deserve a mention. As with all of their shoes, for every pair purchased, a new pair of shoes is given to a child in need. £60
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