Louis Vuitton debuts its first sustainable sneakers made from corn and vegan leather

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  16th November 2021

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Luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton has launched its first sustainable sneakers made from a corn-based vegan leather alternative


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.

The unisex sneakers will be available in both low and high-top styles and will feature the iconic ‘LV’ monogram and are made from a mix of recycled and bio-based materials.


Louis Vuitton vegan sneakers

Louis Vuitton’s first ‘eco-designed shoes’ are made with 90% sustainable 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.”

Sustainable footwear

Sustainable trainers are the hottest trend in the fashion industry and for good reason!

With the demand for sustainable leather alternatives increasing, designers have been busy creating footwear that doesn’t cost the earth.

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.

Big brands switching to sustainable materials will only encourage more brands to experiment with alternative fabrics.

We are hopeful to see more big names in the fashion industry debut their vegan-friendly shoes soon.

New to vegan footwear? Take a look at our ultimate guide for vegan shoes!

Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and former podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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