At Canussa, purpose never goes out of style. This Spanish brand's purpose is making your everyday life more easier and more practical, through expertly crafted timeless accessories created ethically by skilled local artisans using eco-friendly and vegan fabrics.

As seen in VOGUE, Luxiders and InStyle, Canussa aims for responsible consumption – all their designs are crafted using materials that are not just respectful to the environment but also highly durable, guaranteeing a long life.

The four main values of Canussa are respect, quality, transparency and honesty. The ethos of the brand is ‘Designed with purpose’ and the mission is it to create stylish, practical and long-lasting fashion respecting people, the planet and the animals.

About the Founder

Canussa's founder Maria Cano comes from a background in engineering and information science – harnessing her experience in these industries, she has poured her heart into creating a business with a positive impact. Her engineering mentality is present in every single product detail, helping to make the end result practical, versatile and durable. 

“To us, resistance is very important: if a product is not durable, it cannot be sustainable and will generate much more waste in the course of time.”

Materials

The fabrics used by Canussa are highly resistant, with constant attention to sustainability – materials are recycled or recyclable where possible. The brand opts for high-quality materials to prolong lifespan and reduce overall consumption. Their up-cycled textile is RGS-approved and their exterior fabric holds an OEKO-TEX certification. Limiting the amount of waste produced and recycling what cannot be salvaged is part of their sustainable process: Canussa aims to be a 100% circular brand.

Canussa’s current choice of vegan leather is a microfibre – a highly resistant product that will stand the test of time.The brand is also experimenting with recycled microfibre and corn.

People

Every operation involved with Canussa shares the brand's ethical and environmental values, including suppliers and distribution channels.  The brand produces their designs in Spain, which has some of the best leather artisans in the world – but many workshops are disappearing as the country struggles with unemployment, so Canussa is dedicated to creating jobs and improving the local economy.

By producing locally in Spain, the brand can ensure responsible production by working closely with artisans. They are also committed to ensuring workers a right to minimum wages, holidays, sick leave, and a safe working environment – all made possible by production in Spain, as these rights are unfortunately still unavailable to many workers in some Asian countries, where a lot of fashion manufacturing takes place.

Production

The entire production takes place in Spain, and the brand works to reduce their carbon footprint – as part of this, they plant one tree for each product sold, in collaboration with Onetreeplanted.org. 

Packaging

Canussa believes in keeping packaging to a minimum and using biodegradable, recycled materials where possible, hailing from local providers. They currently use biodegradable labels made from algae and recycled paper, ship their shoes in reusable, recycled cotton bags made in Spain, and recycled cardboard boxes.

Animals

Now a PETA-Approved Vegan brand, Canussa started out making leather accessories. But after immersing herself in topics around sustainability, Maria recognised it was a contradiction to use animal leather as a sustainable brand. “Of course being vegan does not mean being sustainable,” says Maria.”But somehow I cannot see being sustainable without being vegan. I can now see the animal cruelty behind the food industry and I decided not to be part of that chain.” All the materials and components of Canussa's designs are now vegan.

To discover more like this, visit our women's vegan bags collection.

You can read more about the problem with animal  leather and sustainable vegan leather alternatives on our blog.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whilst not all brands are equal, at Immaculate Vegan we select footwear brands making high quality, stylish and cruelty free vegan sandals and shoes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.