YATAY creates vegan trainers that embrace the environment, through innovation and ethical practices. They use components and materials that are highly sustainable, but without compromise in terms of quality. As it turns out, the answers are in what Mother Nature has to offer.

YATAY is loved and appreciated by celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch, David Beckham, Brian May, Nick Jonas and Jessica Chastain.

"We say no to animal leather! We only use recycled and biological materials from certified sources. Cereals and wood are the ingredients in our recipe".

Materials

YATAY's vegan trainers use a bio leather, which the brand developed after two years of R&D. The main components of this are “bio-polyoils”, which are polymers extracted from cereal crops instead of crude oil. Their production releases fewer CO2 emissions and uses less water than traditional methods. This raw material is then combined with viscose obtained from tree pulp, and recycled polyester textile obtained from recycled bottles. YATAY's bio-leather is the first of its kind, with an 80% bio content certified from the USDA. It's also durable, waterproof, light, soft and resistant.

YATAY's lining material is a masterpiece of technology: it leaves your feet dry and fresh while caressing them with a silky softness. And it's obtained from tree pulp that's harvested from 100% sustainable plantations.

Look closely at any YATAY insole and you’ll notice tiny black flecks. That’s part of the recycled rubber they use. It adds resiliency, cushioning and comfort, and at the same time it helps the environment. Better for the planet, better for your feet.

Manufacturing

Sustainability at YATAY is not only about the materials, but also about their provenance. Their vegan sneakers are hand made by master shoemakers in the Italian region of Marche following time honoured traditions – handed down from generation to generation – and reinterpreted using modern technology. Wholly sourced in Italy, the quality of Yatay's materials and components is uncompromising whilst minimizing their carbon footprint.

Sustainability

Using sustainable materials is just one part of their ethical business approach. This vegan brand also strives to ensure their supply chain is as green as possible. Their main partner for material development and production – Coronet Spa – obtains its electric energy from solar panels mounted on the roof of their factory and adjacent land. The company has been a leader in the synthetic footwear industry for over 50 years now.

Packaging

Packaging is often underestimated when it comes to optimising the impact of a product on the environment. However, YATAY has reinvented the cover of their packaging in a Backgammon board that customers can play with instead of throwing away. The dices are set in a bio-leather bag made with YATAY's vegan leather offcuts from the production process.

YATAY are 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.

Vegan boots are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede or. Vegan boots are made of a variety of fabrics, traditionally synthetic but increasingly using innovative and high performing materials derived from nature, with many of the properties of leather (but none of the cruelty, and with a much lower environmental impact). These include apple leather, cactus leather, grape leather, Pinatex (pineapple leather) and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). Sometimes recycled plastics are also used.

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 boots, you should look after your vegan leather boots. With proper care, vegan boots 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, we find that vegan boots are as comfortable as animal-leather versions. As with all shoes, the higher the quality you can buy, the more comfortable they will be.

That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Many vegan leathers, such as cactus leather, other bio-based leathers, and polyurethane (PU) leathers are naturally water resistant, in a way that animal leather isn’t. However it’s advisable not to let them get soaked, and to wipe off any surface water as soon as you’re able to. Allow them to dry naturally.