- Upper: Recycled PET polyester print
- Lining: Eco-polyurethane (PU), treated with corn and seed oils
Two primary things make footwear and accessories products vegan: (1) they contain no leather or other skins, and (2) they are not made using any animal-based glue.
Various terms are used to describe the materials used for vegan shoes, bags, etc. These include vegan leather/suede, faux leather/suede, and micro-leather/microsuede. These materials are typically made from man-made microfibre.
Love Sofie uses an innovative material called plant leather, which is made by mixing polyurethane (PU) with corn, soy and other plant oils. This mixture is then laminated together in layers to create something that feels and acts like animal leather. Plant leather is breathable, strong and water repellant.
This style also uses recycled polyester in the shoe upper. It takes far less energy to make recycled polyester than it does to make virgin polyester, meaning that recycled polyester has a 75% lower carbon footprint than virgin polyester.
While historically non-leather alternatives have received a bad rap for their toxicity and poor quality, among other things, modern production techniques mean that today's materials are far less environmentally damaging and of much higher quality.
Although there are some concerns about microfibres entering the oceanic food chain via washing, this is not an issue with footwear and accessories, as these items are not washed.
All of Ecoture's carefully-selected vegan shoes and accessories are made from the highest quality faux leathers and faux suedes. Our partner brands focus not only on the vegan and cruelty-free aspects of their products, but also on their ethical and sustainability impacts.
More information on the materials, ethics and sustainability of the footwear industry can be found in our blog post, Is there something wrong with your shoes?
All Love Sofie styles are ethically made in Spain with sustainable, breathable materials. The range is designed consciously, sourced responsibly and completely animal-free.
Cruelty-Free, Ethically Made, Up-cycled/Recycled, Vegan
Can be returned unworn/unused (as the case may be), unmarked and in original packaging with all tags attached, within 30 days of purchase for exchange (e.g. different size/colour, if available) or refund for store credit for the full purchase price (less shipping, if applicable). A cash refund will be processed only if an item is faulty/damaged or has been sent to you in error.
Please refer to our Returns Policy for all applicable returns T&Cs.