Sylven New York is an artisan women’s footwear brand that's focused on sustainability, craftsmanship, style and innovation. This vegan label combines a sustainable mindset with a passion for impeccable and purposeful shoe design. Handmade in Italy, using a cutting-edge combination of nature-derived, renewable, and recyclable, materials, Sylven New York footwear lives at the nexus of luxury craftsmanship and sustainable innovation. The brand has been featured in Women's Wear Daily, VOGUE, Nylon and the Wall Street Journal, among others. It has also received a Global Excellence Award for Best Artisan Women's Footwear Brand in 2020.

Founder

Growing up, Casey Dworkin was enamoured with shoes and fashion. She was fittingly born on Earth Day, so you could say that championing the environment is in her blood. But it wasn’t until a fire ravaged through her New York City apartment that she felt called to launch her own brand.  Losing all of her belongings enabled Casey to think about her relationship with material possessions in a new way. With a professional background in product design, Casey maintains an approach of creating timeless styles meant to be worn and loved for seasons to come.

“Sourcing new, sustainable innovations is a key part of our process, and we are actively looking to reinvent sustainable footwear from the inside out."

Materials

Sustainable materials are a pillar of the Sylven New York brand – the company imposes stringent guidelines with their suppliers to source plant-based, renewable, recyclable, and organic components across the entire supply chain. The brand's signature material is apple leather, made from organic apple waste in Italy. They also work with linings made from wheat and corn byproducts, insoles crafted from coconut husks, and vegan leathers derived from 100% recycled fibres. Every detail, from the 100% recycled rubber soles to the 100% recycled plastic heels and heel taps, is considered.

People

The brand personally audits their factories and suppliers, requiring active certifications from all of their partners. Sylven New York has also been actively involved in the #SupportGarmentWorkers and #PayUp campaigns to continue to fight for fair labour laws for garment workers across the globe.

Production

Sylven New York's production takes place in Tuscany, Italy. Over 90% of the materials and components used by the brand originate in Tuscany, allowing the company to keep transport emissions as low as possible during the production process. The brand prioritises waste reduction wherever possible, opting for closed-loop recycling systems to bring them as close to zero-waste production processes as possible.

Packaging

The brand uses 100% plastic-free packaging, as well as recycled and recyclable boxes, with paper tape. Each Sylven New York shoe is stuffed with recycled paper and comes with a recycled cotton dust bag. The company's warehouses are also instructed to be 100% plastic-free.

The company is currently in the process of spearheading a new packaging program where they will be using reusable shipping mailers made from recycled billboards. The packaging will also include a custom recipe card printed on plantable wildflower seed paper.

Animals

Sylven New York is transitioning to becoming fully vegan. With the dawn of new plant-based innovations,  minimising leather use is finally within the brand's reach – and it is the number one thing they wish to do in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

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

Read more about ethical leather and how sustainable it is 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.