Oh Thanksgiving. The holiday where it is completely acceptable to eat and watch TV constantly without feeling guilty. Some lazy bastards don’t even bother to shower or change out of their pajamas during this 36 to 72 hour binge/veg-out fest (totally not referring to myself). You are so good to me, Thanksgiving. You give me things like good vegan food, family, Jean-Claude Van Damme classics, and videos of Sarah Palin fans. Okay, these things aren’t traditionally associated with the holiday, but… whateva I do what I want.
Another thing I am thankful for is… Nike?! I emailed their customer support a little whiles back to inquire about their vegan shoe policy (if there was any). I was pleasantly surprised by their response –
Dear Nike, Do you sell vegan sneakers? If so, can you tell me what models? If…Discussion Thread
It is great to see that you are taking an interest in our footwear. I understand that you are looking for some non-animal shoes that Nike has to offer. I will take a look and see what I can find for you!
I am sorry, but we do not have a list of our non-animal footwear products. But I can help you in stating that we do not use anything other than leather in our shoes, in regards to animal products. If you want to try and find shoes that do not have full grain leather materials, the best place to start is looking for shoes that feature synthetic leather, mesh, or other non-full grain leather materials. The Running and Cross Training silos are great places to start, as shoes that are designed to be lightweight will usually not include full grain leather.
I hope this information helps and if you have any other questions, please let me know and I will be happy to help!
The boys in Beaverton done changed the game. I figured Nike would be the last sneaker company to use non-animal products (By the way I’m not basing that opinion on any real evidence, just on the perception that Nike has partaken in evil deeds in the past a la employing 8 year old Malaysian kids). But, if this email is accurate and truthful, animal conscious shoppers everywhere can rejoice. The choices of Nike vegan shoes are then multitude, given the growing trend towards using high-tech synthetic materials in their newest performance lines. Though I am still searching for the elusive canvas (or synthetic) Dunk or Blazer, we have the likes of the Free and Trainer Larry Fitzgerald (pictured below). If these aren’t your bag, I’m sure there are plenty of Nikes out there with synthetic uppers. I just don’t have the strength to go through all of them. But if any of you see some more SB’s or retro models, holler at me. Oh, and New Balance – get your act together!