The sneaker brand that makes a difference, feet first. This Belgian label takes inspiration from old Soviet canvas sneakers, but reimagines the design with people and the planet in mind, without compromising on quality, comfort, or design.

Founders

As owner of a marketing agency, Mark Vandevelde was no stranger to hunting down specific objects for photoshoots – and for one shoot, he was looking for a specific sneaker, which was virtually nonexistent: the Russian equivalent to the All Stars, used during the Cold War. The strong story behind this shoe fascinated Mark, and with his partner Greet Goegebuer, he decided to bring the sneaker back to life – this is how Komrads was born. Later, Mark's agency was sold, and the new owner did not wish to take on the sneaker brand. By then, Mark and Greet had become aware of the impact of the fashion industry on the planet, and the social justice issues pervasive in it. So they decided to make a change, to create a product that makes a difference.

“We are not merely engaged in maximizing profit. Instead we strive for ‘happy profit’. We work together with people and organisations who are also committed to bettering the planet. That is something we’re very proud of. At Komrads, we incorporate sustainability at all the levels of our company, we made it part of our DNA.”

Materials

Working only with reusable or recycled materials, Komrads prioritises plant-based textiles such as apple leather, made from apple waste from the food industry. The soles of their shoes are made from recycled rubber, and other materials include recycled cotton and recycled PET bottles. The insoles are crafted from recycled organic carbon.

Production

All production takes place locally in Europe, limiting transport to a minimum and reducing the brand's CO2 impact.

People

Another reason why the brand chose to manufacture locally was to maintain control over working conditions in their factories. Twice a year, the owners personally visit the factories. They also have an independent spokesperson on location, whom they have weekly calls with regarding conditions at the factory.

Packaging

All Komrads packaging is recycled. They also choose to work with a delivery partner which is CO2-neutral.

Animals

Komrads is a PETA-Approved Vegan brand.

To discover more like this, visit our vegan trainers 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.