A shoe brand with a vegan soul, Mireya Playà was created in 2016 after the eponymous designer discovered that high-quality vegan shoes were missing from the market. The brand now creates sustainably produced vegan footwear that is made to last for years and become a much-loved essential in clients' wardrobes. The brand has been featured in VOGUE, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire.

Founders

The Barcelona-based vegan brand was created by fashion designer Mireia and her father Josep, who had worked in the footwear industry for over 30 years. Mireia has always lived immersed in design, architecture, fashion and shoes. At the age of 23, she turned vegan, and couldn't find any high quality, designer vegan shoes – so she joined forces with her father to create a stylish vegan shoe brand, with the ultimate goal of a fully sustainable product.

“It is very important for me to show the world that it is possible to make shoes without harming animals, and I’m very happy that I could build a project that shares my values.”

Materials

The brand's vegan shoes are made from a bio-based synthetic material made with corn and recycled fibres. They also use a vegan suede made with recycled polyester, and the soles of their sneakers are 100% organic – they are made out of latex from sustainable forests and made with handmade processes in Lyon.

People

The brand works with factories in Spain that meet the country's legal requirements in terms of health and safety, as well as fair wages. They carry out occupational health and safety inspections yearly, and all their workers have legal contracts.

Production

The factories Mireia Playà works with are based in the Alicante area in Spain. They are recognised for their tradition and knowledge in shoe manufacturing. As a family business, Mireia  Playà prefers to work with partners whose origins are similar to theirs. In their suppliers' factories, entire families work in different departments.

Packaging

All Mireia Playà packaging is plastic-free and recyclable.

Animals

Mireia Playà is a PETA-Approved vegan brand.

To discover more like this, visit our vegan shoesvegan sandals  and vegan boots collections.

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.