British vegan brand Allkind was launched in March 2020 after defining a gap in the market for luxurious, high-quality vegan footwear that doesn't compromise on style. Allkind’s purpose is to offer beautiful and desirable vegan footwear free from animal derivates, with a core focus around ethical and sustainable production. The brand has been featured in Tatler, Harper's Bazaar, GLAMOUR, the Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Marie Claire, Stella Magazine, Vanity Fair, Hello!, and more.
Allkind has won PETA's award for the Best Vegan Shoes 2021
About the Founders
Kate Barrett and Hayley McCardle are fierce environmentalists who noticed that vegan shoes were often not entirely vegan – glues and other components could still derive from animals. So together, they set out to create a brand that truly celebrated their conscious values.
“We offer designer luxury shoes, free from harm to animals and kinder to the environment. We make timeless fashion goods free from animal ingredients, without compromising on style. Our values aim to make you proud to own our products, and allow you to wear them with a clear conscience.”
Allkind only ever uses vegan materials – from the uppers and linings of their shoes down to the glues, every part of the shoe is animal-free. The brand also chooses recycled materials wherever possible, including recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles and/or bio-oils from non-GMO corn crops. These materials are also water-based and solvent-free, minimising their environmental impact.
Other fibres used by the brand include recycled rubber and organic cotton. They are aware that there is no perfect solution to fashion's impact on the environment, but they are working hard to improve their eco credentials even further.
Ethical sourcing is at the core of the Allkind brand – their sweatshop-free products are made in the EU in a fair-trade environment governed by European union employment and health and safety regulations. This vegan label very carefully selects their supply partners – they only work with a small number of like-minded factories and individuals.
The highly skilled individuals who work in Allkind's partner factory are paid a fair living wage – more than a minimum wage. They also enjoy a safe and clean working environment. Allkind is a member of Sedex, one of the world’s leading ethical trade service providers, whose aim is to improve working conditions in global supply chains, aiding companies in improving their responsible and sustainable business practices.
Allkind's vegan shoes are made in Elda, a traditional shoe-making town in Spain. The brand also uses many local materials, thus minimising their carbon footprint.
All of the brand's packaging is 100% recyclable and printed using vegetable inks. The company prioritises recycled and recyclable options where possible, and even their business cards are made from recycled t-shirts. The inner supports that keep the shoes pristine are also made from recycled materials – not plastic as is the norm.
Kate and Hayley believe that choosing not to take part in animal agriculture shouldn't mean that you have to give up luxury. Dedicated to breaking this myth, they aim to offer a fully vegan choice – without compromising on glamour.
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What are the best vegan trainers?
That’s a hard one as ‘best’ is personal! Immaculate Vegan has one of the largest collections of vegan trainers from a wide variety of brands from across the globe. Take a look! Our best sellers come from BeFlamboyant, Humans are Vain, Yatay, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, Ration.L and Komrads.
What are vegan trainers made from?
Vegan trainers (and sneakers) are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. Vegan shoes are made of a variety of fabrics, traditionally synthetic but increasingly using innovative materials derived from nature with all the properties of leather, such as apple leather, cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). Many synthetic trainers are now made using recycled plastics from ocean trash.
Are vegan trainers waterproof?
That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas trainers are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But most of our trainers are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well durable and 100% vegan.
Are vegan trainers durable?
The quick answer: yes! But you can make them last longer by taking care of the shoes. Just as you would care for animal-leather trainers, you should look after your vegan leather trainers. With proper care, vegan trainers can last anywhere from two to five years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.
Are trainers the same as sneakers?
Yes! As far as we are concerned they are.
The British call them trainers, because they can be used for sports or training.
The Americans call them sneakers, presumably because, being soft-soled, they're suitable for sneaking around in!
But to confuse things further, they are also called tennis shoes in the US.
What are vegan sandals made of?
Vegan sandals are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. There' a wide variety of materials that can be used to make vegan sandals, including polyurethane (also known as PU), apple leather, pineapple leather (Pinatex), cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). In addition, some vegan sandals are also made from recycled materials, such as recycled polyester or other recycled fibres.
Are vegan sandals durable?
Many vegan sandals now are made using high quality and durable materials, and many of the new vegan leathers are of very high quality. But you can make your vegan sandals last longer by taking care of them well. With proper care, vegan sandals can last for many years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.
Are vegan sandals better for the environment?
Vegan materials tend to have a much lower carbon footprint and be much be kinder to the environment than animal leather, which is one of the most environmentally damaging materials used in fashion. Whilst there are vegan materials such as PVC which are toxic and harmful, none of the vegan sandals or products at Immaculate Vegan contain PVC. We also choose to partner with brands who are creating the most sustainable vegan sandals possible, using the most sustainable vegan materials.
Are vegan leather sandals comfortable?
There's really no difference here between vegan and non vegan sandals – it all depends on the quality and fit of the brand and the styles you choose. We partner with premium footwear brands at Immaculate Vegan to bring you vegan shoes that are high quality, stylish and comfortable.
Are vegan sandals good quality?
Whilst not all brands are equal, at Immaculate Vegan we select footwear brands making high quality, stylish and cruelty free vegan sandals and shoes.
Are vegan sandals waterproof?
That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas and fabric vegan sandals are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But some of our vegan sandals are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well as durable and 100% vegan.
What are vegan boots made of?
Vegan boots are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede or. Vegan boots are made of a variety of fabrics, traditionally synthetic but increasingly using innovative and high performing materials derived from nature, with many of the properties of leather (but none of the cruelty, and with a much lower environmental impact). These include apple leather, cactus leather, grape leather, Pinatex (pineapple leather) and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). Sometimes recycled plastics are also used.
Is vegan leather and vegan suede durable?
The quick answer: yes! But you can make them last longer by taking care of the shoes. Just as you would care for animal-leather boots, you should look after your vegan leather boots. With proper care, vegan boots can last anywhere from two to five years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.
Are vegan boots comfortable?
Yes, we find that vegan boots are as comfortable as animal-leather versions. As with all shoes, the higher the quality you can buy, the more comfortable they will be.
Are vegan boots waterproof?
That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Many vegan leathers, such as cactus leather, other bio-based leathers, and polyurethane (PU) leathers are naturally water resistant, in a way that animal leather isn’t. However it’s advisable not to let them get soaked, and to wipe off any surface water as soon as you’re able to. Allow them to dry naturally.