I have been following World Vegan Month (November) on twitter. Key Learning: Exclusive vegan sneakers are here!!
Back in 2009, I posted about exclusive sneakers, specifically Nike’s “Gucci” themed Dunk High sneakers. Nike’s latest exclusive release will be the winner of their inaugural Vote Forward contest – vegan shoe style Air Max 97/1 designed by Richmond, VA vintage store owner/vegan Sean Wotherspoon.
What are vegan sneakers? Sneakers made without any animal ingredients or byproducts. Most sneakers are made with synthetic materials to make them light and breathable, but some are blended with animal leather or use glue made from animal bones. A majority of sneaker colors are made from synthetic dyes and inks, some that are derived from animals. Sean designed his sneakers with a velour interior and a multi-color (80’s love theme) corduroy exterior. To promote his sneakers, he drove a Volkswagen bus painted with the same colors of his shoe style from Richmond to Los Angeles giving away vegan food on his trip. The first pair which was scheduled to debut in Los Angeles sold for $96,000 on eBay. Currently the shoe is priced upwards to $2,000 on eBay. Recently, the exclusive release of the vegan sneaker was cancelled when a crowd of 500 people camped out in front Sean’s store days in advance. Note: Nike plans to release the shoe globally in March 2018.
Are vegan sneakers on your Christmas list?