These Nike Sweet Classics in black canvas with white sole are inspired by the Brazilian football team and their quest (yet again) to destroy the world in the World Cup this summer. The splash print of a monkey screaming gives a unique design to the shoe but doesn’t overwhelm . Also featured: a Brazil flag stitched on the tongue, monkey print on the insole. See Sneaker Freaker for origins.
UPDATE: a reader pointed out to me that the heel panel where it says NIKE is made out of suede or leather. It is definitely not canvas, and while it could be some synthetic material, I don’t think we should take the risk in assuming that it is. Consider this a retraction… sorry everyone!
This Vans 106 SF is a eco-friendly twist on one of their classic models. It’s not necessarily vegan – for a list of vegan Vans, click here. However, it does feature a hemp and fabric upper and water resistant bamboo lining. And the glues are water based. There are a bunch of colors, but I’ve picked out my faves here: evergreen/lemon, blue, red, and black. Check the Vans Store for availability and other colors.
The Adidas Nizza Hi “Zip” is making its way to Originals store this upcoming season. This model is made of all synthetic upper, and comes in four different colorways – red, grey, navy, and black. They all have a single color block upper, with contrasting tongue patch, and white (looks like vulcanized) sole and toe cap. As indicated by the name, there is a heel zipper that stretches from the collar to the sole, letting you take them on and off without touching the laces… Interesting. Check out your Adidas Originals retailers soon!
I’ve never seen the All Court before! I am so used to the Blazer and Dunk. These add a little twist on their classic bball shoe design. Nike recently released a mid version of these in leather at 21 Mercer St. in New York, but now they’re releasing them in low navy canvas. I actually prefer the canvas (aesthetically) to the leather ones. I like the simplicity of the monochromatic colorway contrasted with the white rubber toecap and sole; it reminds me of the Jack Purcell Converse. I could use a little bit more color on the laces or the eyelets but I’m just nitpicking.
Right now these are available at Shelta in Sweden (shout out to all my Swedish readers! Thanks for your support!). Hopefully they will be available in the states soon, possibly by the end of this month.
Onitsuka Tiger is releasing this canvas (vegan?) model, the Layup 72, this spring, after almost after 40 years in hiatus! I guess they finally got the hint that people really really like their Chucks. Unlike the Chuck Taylor though, this one has some unique features: vulcanized sole, white eyelaces, and branding on the tongue, outside ankle, and heel pad.
Three colorways, – orange, yellow, red – are available now in Europe (if anyone has a link put it up!). I guess us Americans will have to wait a few months!
Sup Yall. So first, sorry I haven’t posted in a while, been busy. Second, a disclaimer – this post is on a pair of shoes which are vegetarian, not vegan. While I’ve heard from vegans that Converse are, I was notified from the company itself that they do not guarantee animal free shoes. But, I have decided to post these, and other shoes, which are “vegetarian.” Ugh I hate using that word but I guess it is accurate. I know this is site is called vegan kicks, but hey, there just aren’t enough vegan shoes (I like) out there.
So here we have the Converse First String Specialty Ox in low. You can get it in light blue or grey. These aren’t your average Chucks though. These have a thicker midsole with additional rubber around, a comfort system inner, and a chambray upper. A vintage rubber license plate appears on the heel of the midsole.