These babies are quite literally the queens of ethically made white sneakers. The sneakers were named after a Brazilian NGO who work with Veja by providing technical support to the organic cotton farming families. The Esplar staple leather shoe is made with organic cotton lining and wild rubber soles. All Veja shoes are made in Brazil, where the working conditions exceed the minimum standards, and the workers are paid well above the minimum wage. Veja are big on transparency, and release audits, reports, and insightful behind-the-scenes videos into how all their products are made.
Matt and Nat don’t just produce a stunning alternative to your usual Nike. They hold ‘live beautifully’ at the centre of their work, instilling values in their company that ensure you can back them wholeheartedly. Matt and Nat shoes are all100% vegan and ethically made. The team visit each factory regularly, to ensure standards are met in terms of ethics, and to build strong relationships with the owners.
Swaying slightly from your standard white Nike with the addition of a brown sole, the Ahimsa woman’s sneaker is still an ideal option. The exterior is made with cruelty free, vegan leather. The interior is a mix of cotton canvas and natural cork which team up to ensure your feet stay dry and fresh. These sneakers are handmade in Brazil by a small, hard working team. Ahimsa’s mission is to question habits, inspire conscious behaviour, and respect all forms of life.
Don’t be alarmed by the zips and height! Who wants to look like everybody else anyway? The Kota was designed with the urban individual in mind. The soles have been made from recycled tires, and the canvas uppers are custom dyed. These shoes are super unique with repurposed tyre inner tubes for toecaps, and custom moulded EVA foam for arch support and heal cushioning. To top it off, you can even throw them in the wash!
Would you think I was crazy if I said these were made from pineapple leaf fibres? Pinatex is a natural ecological and water resistant fibre, making the textile brilliant for footwear. Meanwhile, the shoe inner is made from a breathable anti-allergy microfiber. Nae-vegan only work with certified factories in Portugal, where the employees are valued and respected for their work.
White sneakers are a great staple for your wardrobe, but Nikes aren’t your only option. When feeling the urge to pop into the Nike store, consider opting for a more sustainable and ethical option, and wearing kicks unique to you.