Vegan leather shoes are keeping a lot of feet comfortable right now, according to a new report from retail tech and data company EDITED.
The report looked at products sold online by more than 40 major retailers. Compared to last year, he found that there are now 52% more products labeled as ‘vegan’.
Some countries have increased their vegan products more than others; Germany increased its vegan products by 131 percent and UK retailers, including ASOS and Topshop, increased vegan product listings by 75 percent.
Beauty products make up the majority of new animal-free items. But looking exclusively at fashion, vegan shoes make up 73% of the market.
More and more consumers are shopping cruelty-free. To keep up with changing consumer preferences, companies are creating vegan products that don’t weigh heavily on the planet or animals.
a “Increased customer interest in veganism” and a “Increased online searches for related products” inspired leading UK retailer Marks & Spencer to launch a range of affordable vegan leather shoes in 350 styles. Sneakers, brogues, sandals, heels, derbies and boots are part of the collection.
Adidas, the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, also jumped on board, creating vegan shoes from plastic salvaged from the ocean. The brand has made 7,000 pairs of limited-edition sneakers, but following strong demand, it aims to produce five million pairs of plastic shoes, bringing Adidas more than $ 1 billion in revenue.
These new designs are helping people give up leather for good. The fabric of animal origin has been criticized for its cruelty to animals; while many believe that leather is a by-product of the meat industry – and therefore buying it helps reduce waste – this is not always the case. The “The softest and most luxurious leather comes from the skin of newborn or even unborn calves, prematurely cut from their mother’s womb” The warden reported.
The product also has a negative impact on the environment. The Huffington Post pointed out that leather is âBad for the environment, workers, communities and animalsâ. To prevent dead cows from decomposing, animal bodies are treated with “Highly toxic chemicals – turning it into something that defies nature: a dead animal that will never rot” reports the publication.
Those who choose vegan shoes can get around these issues and end up with a product that is not only more eco-friendly, but also more durable and stronger.
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