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HERE'S TO REALISING THAT VEGAN TRAINERS ARE ACTUALLY NICE

At least if brands like Veja and Stella McCartney have anything to do with it

12.05.2021

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Being a staunch vegan in terms of what you eat is one thing, but being a staunch vegan in terms of what you wear? That requires a level of commitment that not everyone is prepared for. It means no leather. No silk. No wool. But that’s a slightly dramatic assertion given how many of your clothes are PU (aka fake leather) and polyester, isn’t it? Besides, vegan clothes – at least when they’re from brands like House of Sunny and Nanushka – are actually very desirable now. And more still, sustainable. You can’t leave the house without shoes, though. Here are the best vegan trainers.

the skate-inspired ones

RE/DONE + NET SUSTAIN 90s Skate recycled faux suede and leather sneakers

RE/DONE + NET SUSTAIN 90s Skate recycled faux suede and leather sneakers, £380 AT NET-A-PORTER

We wouldn’t recommend mounting a skateboard in these RE/DONE skate-inspired shoes, but they’re suitable for most other daring activities. Plus their soles are also partly recycled, which is a clear win for sustainability.

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the RUNNING ones

VEJA MARLIN V-KNIT TRAINERS

VEJA MARLIN V-KNIT TRAINERS, £145

It’s hard to choose just one pair of VEJA vegan trainers but, if we must, we are going for the Marlin. If only for the thrill of the new, but also because they’re the brand’s most sustainable performance trainers to date. And if fluorescent green is not your thing, they come in a variety of other colours.

the iconic ones

ADIDAS SAMBA VEGAN SHOES

ADIDAS SAMBA VEGAN SHOES, £70

From Superstars to Stan Smiths, all the most iconic Adidas trainers are now available as vegan trainers – including Sambas!

the COLLABORATIVE oneS

GOOD NEWS X H&M IMITATION LEATHER SNEAKERS

GOOD NEWS X H&M IMITATION LEATHER SNEAKERS, £79.99

These Good News x H&M trainers are Vegea™, a grape leather that’s made from the organic waste of winemaking. May you enjoy many glasses of the stuff in them.

the DENIM oneS

STELLA MCCARTNEY Loop Square Mesh Sneakers

STELLA MCCARTNEY Loop Square Mesh Sneakers, £395

Vegan trainers are the only trainers that Stella McCartney knows. We enjoy the novelty of these ones being denim, but whether or not you go so far as to wear them with jeans is your choice.

the BLACK oneS

NOVESTA Star Master Classic SHOES

NOVESTA Star Master Classic SHOES, £55 AT DOVER STREET MARKET

In life there are many unavoidable truths, but one of them is this: if it’s stocked at Dover Street Market, it’s – for want of a better word – cool. Novesta is no exception.

the WHITE oneS

ELLIOTT Low Classic VEGAN Leather White TRAINERS

ELLIOTT Low Classic VEGAN Leather White TRAINERS, £129.99

Sometimes all you want from vegan trainers is simplicity. Or just a pair from Elliott.

the GREY oneS

SUPERGA cotu classic GREY SAGE SHOES

SUPERGA cotu classic GREY SAGE SHOES, £55

Grey doesn’t have to be a signifier of misery if Superga’s vegan offering has anything to do with it.

the TRAINING oneS

REEBOK NANO X1 VEGAN SHOES

REEBOK NANO X1 VEGAN SHOES, £120

The Reebok Nano X1 vegan shoes are designed for doing exercise in, but we won’t judge you if you don’t.

the COLOURFUL oneS

VIRÓN 1968 CLOUD CAMO SHOES

VIRÓN 1968 CLOUD CAMO SHOES, £137

We don’t envy anyone tasked with deciding what Virón shoes to get – they all make us groan in wonder.

the GREEN oneS

EKN KEIR GREEN SHOES

EKN KEIR GREEN SHOES, £83 AT AVESU

Honestly, Portugal just gets more alluring by the day. As well as being one of the few countries currently on the UK’s green list, it’s also the birthplace of these EKN shoes. We would like to go there immediately.

the ALMOST WHITE oneS

MERCER LOW TOP 4.0 VEGAN TRAINERS

MERCER LOW TOP 4.0 VEGAN TRAINERS, FROM A SELECTION

A plain white vegan trainer with a satisfying pop of colour? Look no further than Mercer.

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