Louis Vuitton debuts sustainable vegan sneakers made from corn
Louis Vuitton is the latest luxury fashion brand to debut its vegan sneaker line.
The ‘Charlie’ sneaker is the brand’s first sustainable footwear launch made from a corn-based leather alternative.
Louis Vuitton’s first ‘eco-designed shoes’ are made with 90% sustainable materials.
The vegan sneakers feature the iconic ‘LV’ monogram and are made from a mix of recycled and bio-based materials. They feature a smooth white upper made from recycled polyester and a corn-based plastic, Biopolio. Additionally, the soles of the trainers are made from 94% recycled rubber.
The tongue features patches made from renewable nylon material, Econyl, which has been championed by Burberry and Prada.
Furthermore, the Charlie sneakers even come in a box made from 100% recycled cardboard that becomes a bag with handles.
In a statement to WWD, Louis Vuitton Global Head of Sustainability, Christelle Capdupuy, said: “This allowed us to identify the levers to reduce the environmental impact of our shoes.
“The Charlie is the result of all this scientific, technical work that has been done.”
Luxury fashion brands such as Gucci and Stella McCartney have debuted their creative leather alternatives to the fashion industry. In addition, street-wear brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Vans have also launched a range of vegan-friendly trainers.
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