Minimalist design, advanced technology and 90% recycled materials. This is NORM’s project, the Belgian sustainable sneaker brand entirely made in Europe. Three friends and sneakers addicts, Antoine, Arnaud and Nicolas – all active in the footwear industry for a decade – were confronted by the astonishing figures of CO2 emission from shoe manufacturing, and its impact on the planet. Solutions had to be found.

The first unisex sneaker designed by NORM is the result of three years of research and development. More than a product, it’s a holistic concept that claims the creation of new standards: eco-design, transparency and modernity.

1st Norm | Sustainability
The focus is on three aspects: recycle, reduce and reuse. NORM products are conceived to reduce their carbon footprint from the very first step, by choosing recycled materials, using cutting-edge technology and working with the best possible suppliers. Products are designed to last and to be recycled at the end of their lives.

2nd Norm | Transparency
Their costs, suppliers’ names, their location and their carbon footprint. Everything is shared. Nothing is hidden or modified. The more you know, the better purchasing decision you will make at the end.

3rd Norm | Modernity
Norm's vision is to propose unisex, season-less, and urban sneakers that you can wear every single day.

4th Norm | Impact
They do everything that is in their power to reduce their impact on the environment. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to be carbon neutral. So they came up with solutions to compensate for their footprint and started planting trees and rebuilding ecosystems.

Thanks to the knitting technology, the single piece upper construction made from 6 plastic bottles enables the reduction of material waste by 65% and offers optimal comfort.

NORM sneakers are consciously assembled in Portugal, and two trees are planted for each pair sold.

PETA Vegan Approved.

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.