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.
The Nike Air Max 90 is an excellent model to make as vegan, since it can be used for running, and it’s got classic style. The upper is made of synthetic leather and mesh. It comes in black/black or grey/white. Personally I am hating the black colorway, it looks like a pair of old man shoes. But as NiceKicks put it, wear it if you work somewhere that makes you wear black shoes.
I don’t think these are widely available on the web. Don’t be fooled! There is a black/black leather version of this, and it looks exactly the same.
For more pics of the grey. For more pics of the black.
I can’t believe this is my first post on a Nike Dunk. Maybe it’s because I’ve never seen canvas dunks. Maybe I didn’t have faith in Nike to design and manufacture and exclusively vegan model of my formerly favorite kicks. Or maybe it’s just because I’m really sick of seeing Dunks worn by everyone in every conceivable colorway. But if there’s anything I’m learning about sneakers, it’s classics don’t go out of style.
So here is the the Dunk Low Pro SB Sandalwood. As some of you know, the SB stands for skateboarding, and that spin-off has been churning out really cool Dunks and Blazers, as well as their own new designs, with regularity. This Sandalwood model upper is mad out of a “burlap-like” hemp and the typical hard rubber like bottom found in most Dunks. The color is, uh, sandalwood, a puke-like green. What is more interesting is it is apparently made of a “veggie canvas” to make them more waterproof. It’s probably a load of crap, but who knows? Nike’s R&D budget is ridiculous, so I wouldn’t put that past them. Jury is out on these, but I applaud Nike for giving a shout out to us.
Very Late in December Stefan Janoski tweet-leaked a grey canvas (ahem, vegan) colorway of his signature shoe.
Excellent. I was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be a canvas model available after checking out his new SB site (go there for better pictures). Looks like there is nothing really special about this one though. It’s a plain grey upper with an embroidered swoosh in same grey, white round laces, and white stitching on the toe. As with all the Janoskis, the sole is vulcanized rubber. I don’t know how I personally feel about these models, and why there is so much hype about them, but I guess people are all about the simplicity and the clean silhouette.
Sorry for the pic, this is just a leaked photo (see below for a better pic of a different model). More updates to come!
This collabo was released in November, but when I came upon it I had to post. If there was a pair of kicks I would describe as the ideal, it would be these. Why? Because 1) They are classic basketball sneakers which will never go out of style; 2) They’re also a skate shoe designed by the guys at Huf, a great skateboard shop in SF and who’ve had their hands in numerous dope collaborations; 3) They are bare– stripped down to its essential elements – the fabric, the two colors, and minimal branding; 4) THEY’RE VEGAN!
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!