What makes trainers vegan?
Our vegan footwear is manufactured with no animal products with includes leather, suede, crocodile skin, sheepskin as well as silk. Faux leather is typically made from polymers affixed to a cotton backing, whilst synthetic suede is created using manufactured fibres. Beyond Skin vegan shoes and boots are made of durable Italian faux leather, microfibre suede made from recycled PET plastics, cream lacquered resin soles, recycled faux leather lining with a plant polymer coating, and a selection of vintage-inspired woven materials.
Are vegan sneakers eco-friendly?
Most faux leather is composed of plastic and cotton, and while plastics are not environmentally ideal, the impact of vegan leather manufacturing is far smaller than the impact of pollution from leather tanning. Leather is tanned using potent chemicals in parts of the world that have minimal health and safety protections for workers, and little or no environmental protections. One of the chemicals commonly used for tanning called chromium is listed as one of the top ten worst global pollution issues. On the other hand textile technology is always advancing, with innovative fabrics comprised of recycled currently in development. Overall, we feel synthetic leather is a more eco-friendly choice to leather.
Why are vegan trainers so expensive?
Beyond Skin vegan trainers are more expensive than high street brands because our shoes are produced in the EU by talented shoemakers who are protected by employment laws and health and safety regulations, avoiding the unsafe conditions and low wages that happens elsewhere in the fashion industry that usually permits prices to be so cheap. We also discovered that after oil, fashion is the biggest polluting industry, so we wanted to source only the best quality recycled synthetic materials for our shoes. As we’re striving to make shoes that tick all the boxes of not harming humans or small children, not harming the environment and not harming animals, this makes our vegan boots more expensive.
Why choose Beyond Skin vegan trainers?
Fret not! No humans, animals or small children were harmed in the making of your shoes. Beyond Skin produces on-trend animal-free footwear, such as quirky unusual trainers and sneakers, and bold thick sole buckle vegan monk straps, to vintage inspired sandals and pumps. If you're looking for fashionable women's vegan shoes and boots, then look no further!