What Are Our Vegan Leather Shoes, Bags & Belts Made From?

What Materials Are Vegan Shoes Made From

 

We seek out products made from high quality, vegan-friendly materials. Synthetic shoes from big brands are often made from PVC, which is considered toxic and is also non-breathable (cheap synthetic shoes that make your feet sweat are often made from this material). We avoid this material and look for options that more environmentally friendly and better quality, such as:

Microfibre PU (Polyurethane derived)

European made (Italian and Spanish) microfibre, which performs like traditional leather and suede. It is breathable, durable, soft, water resistant, and moulds to the shape of your feet over time. A lot of the microfibre products we stock are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and Ecolabel certified.

Plant Derived Linings

An increasing number of our shoes are now being made with bio-polyoils linings, which are derived from plant-based sources like seeds and grains.

Piñatex

Also known as pineapple leaf leather, Piñatex is a natural and sustainable alternative to leather. Its fibres are made from pineapple leaves, which are a by-product of the pineapple fruit harvest. This means that no extra land, water, fertilisers or pesticides are required to produce them!

This new material also provides extra funding to the local Philippine farmers, who harvest the fibres which are then transformed into Piñatex. The end product is a material that is waterproof, breathable and anti-allergic. (We also recommend applying a cream or polish to the material to help maintain its good condition over time).

Recycled Materials

Such as recycled PET bottles, recycled tyres, recycled airbags, recycled rubber and more. This diverts these items from landfill and also makes for a great, sturdy material. It's pretty amazing what you can recycle things into!

Cork

Cork is an amazing material in fashion. It is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and moisture absorbing, which means it keeps your feet dry and odour free. It is also a sustainable material, as the cork tree does is not harmed to harvest the material.

Many of our products feature cork, including all shoes inner soles from Brazilian brand Ahimsa. We love how comfortable this makes the shoes.

Cotton Canvas

A plant-based, natural and biodegradable material. It is also breathes very well, so makes for a great sneaker or summer shoe. Our sneakers from Etiko are made from certified organic and fair trade cotton canvas.

Natural Rubber

Natural rubber is used to make our thongs/flip flops, and often the soles of our vegan shoes.