Corail is a contemporary sneaker brand with a difference: instead of polluting our oceans, their products actually make them cleaner! Since 2019, the brand has employed a crew of fishermen in Marseille, who go out to sea every day to collect the plastic rubbish floating on the surface. This is then taken to the Corail lab to turn into their fashion-forward vegan sneakers.
Available in a wide range of colour swatches – and accompanied by a collection of sleek everyday backpacks – this is one new brand you'll want to know about.
About the Founders
Corail's story begins with a friendship. Long-time friends Alexis Troccaz and Paul Guedj were on holiday in Marseille when they came face to face with a sea that was very different from the one on the postcards: far from glittering blue waves, this sea was littered with rubbish.
This shock of seeing the reality of plastic pollution up close was the catalyst for the two friends, who had always had their sights set on an eco-friendly business venture. They quit their jobs and took action to get their new brand going. As big sneaker fans, they came up with the idea to create designs made from recycled plastic from the ocean.
“We promised each other that one day we would set up a business with a positive ecological
At Corail, the process starts with bottles. Since 2019, the brand has employed a crew of fishermen in Marseille, who go out to sea every day to collect the plastic waste floating on the surface. They harvest the rubbish with a trawl that collects all surface materials, which are then taken to the Corail lab – a workshop where the bottles are produced in an ultra-short circuit.
Aside from their fully recycled sneakers (from the outer to the insole and outsole, recycled materials are used in every step
of the way), Corail also produces bags which incorporate plastic waste, recycled polyester, solvent- free waterproof patinas, and zips made from recyclable metal.
Corail uses an artisanal workshop near Porto, Portugal, which has been making shoes by hand for generations. Providing high-quality finishes as well as robust and durable assembly, the workshop's expertise is a guarantee of quality.
The workshop operates the best possible conditions, respecting Portuguese and European laws regarding wages and the working environment.
All of Corail's packaging is recycled and recyclable, and the brand keeps packaging to a minimum.
Corail is a vegan brand.
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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.