I’ve tried out these stylish sustainable sneakers…

…and the rest of this weeks Shoes News.

Yatay’s vegan kicks

 

I’ve written about Yatay, the new Italian sustainable sneakers brand, in my responsible shoe guide, but it wasn’t until this week that I actually got to try a pair out for myself (they were a gift from the brand). And I am impressed! As you can see, they look great, and they feel great, too. At over £200 per pair, they don’t come cheap, but Yatay is aiming to make beautiful quality fashion trainers (there are plenty of brands charging more!), and the kind of sustainable technology they are investing in is worth it, in my opinion. The more brands that experiment with the kinds of materials that Yatay is using and prove that they work, the more chance there is that other brands will follow suit. Ultimately, this would make the production of sustainable shoes easier and more affordable for more brands in the future, and that has to be a good thing. ANYWAY…

 

Yatay ‘Neven’ high top sneakers, £260, and low tops, £220 (yatayatay.com)

As well being certified vegan, the shoes are completely sustainable. The uppers are made from recycled materials and Biopolyols (derived from natural vegetable oils rather than petroleum), and its the nicest faux-leather I think I’ve ever come across. The linings are made from recycled polyester and water-borne polyurethane, and they have hemp laces, which I wasn’t sure about at first but now I’ve seen them in person I really like them. The soles are made from a bio-based polyurethane which biodegrades within 500 days of being disposed, and even the lightweight boxes, each made from five recycled plastic bottles, allow for more efficient and eco-friendly transportation, with an environmental impact approximately 90 per cent lower than a traditional shoebox. It’s basically an all-round win!

 

 

Vans Patchwork Pack

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Meet, Vans’ new Patchwork Pack, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Using block colours of canvas, leather and suede, the designs are available in the brand’s classic Era, Sk8-Hi and Slip-on styles. As usual, the Slip-ons are my favourites – they are the most practical trainers in the world and because they have no laces, always take a print really well. These were due to launch at the end of last week but have been delayed – I will add links in when they go live!

Are you ready for these non-Superga looking Superga?

This week Superga – which in Italy is actually shorthand for tennis plimsolls, like Hoover is for vacuum cleaner – launched the least Superga-like trainers I’ve seen them do! Capitalising on the ever-popular 90s trend (which, as someone who came of age in the 90s, I still find extraordinary), the brand has launched these unisex ‘Dad’ trainers with some appropriate campaign images. Takes me back…

Superga 9TS trainers, £105, available in four colours (superga.co.uk)