Vegan Sneakers – Can they compete with the classic sneaker brands? We road-tested them.
by Cheryll Mühlen
Corn leather, appleskin, Mirum, Vegea – you name it. There are plenty of vegan sneakers as an alternative to leather shoes. The key challenge? Not to use synthetic materials because, while they may be free of animal products, making them and disposing of them creates massive ecological problems. Although the same could of course be said of authentic leather. The aura of a biodegradable natural product that leather still has is a complete illusion, especially in the world of sneakers. A glance at the Statista forecasts suggests sales of some 2.6 billion in 2023 – in Germany alone. Meaning it is not merely worth casting a glance at ecologically produced sneakers; it’s virtually compulsory with a view to saving the planet.