Louis Vuitton just delivered its most sustainable vegan sneakers to date.
The Charlie sneakers, accessible in a boot or exemplary design, include a mix of reused and bio-based materials.
The outsole is made with Biopolioli, a corn-based bioplastic, the soles highlight reused elastic, and the tongue fix is made with Econyl, a material made with regenerated nylon.
Like all of the brand’s footwear designs, the shoes are made in Fiesso d’Artico, Italy, and they have the famous LV logo. Yet, in contrast to the rest of Louis Vuitton‘s contributions, both Charlies are marketed as unisex.
A step forward. Applying the concept of circular creativity, #LouisVuitton’s new unisex Charlie sneaker stays true to the Maison’s innovative mindset, with an eco-responsible design made of 90% recycled and bio-sourced materials. Discover more at https://t.co/3kJWA0zMSJ pic.twitter.com/DhJuKn95yS— Louis Vuitton (@LouisVuitton) November 15, 2021
The new vegan sneakers are a sign of what’s to come from Louis Vuitton. The French fashion house’s website highlights responsibilities to utilize more reused and upcycled materials, just as to consent to a 100% “eco-design” process by 2025.
It has additionally sworn to utilize 100% reused or reused materials in its fashion shows, presentations, and store windows by 2025.
In June, Gucci presented vegan leather shoes, made with 77% plant-based materials, including wood mash, wheat, and corn. Furthermore, last year, Spanish design house Balenciaga uncovered the 100% vegan Zen Sneaker.
Recently, Stella McCartney reported the dispatch of its Reclypse assortment, which highlights sneakers made with recycled fishing nets and old carpets.
The brand—which is renowned for using sustainable materials—offers several plant-based sneaker options, including its Stan Smith collection, designed in collaboration with Adidas.
“So many young people came into our stores to enquire about the Stan Smith,” Stella McCartney herself told Vogue of the range in 2019. They were asking questions about what the trainer was made with, telling our staff about why it was important for them to choose a vegan shoe over a leather one and what it represented. This is the future.”