Komrads

APL Apple Leather Vegan High-Top Trainer | White & Ocean Blue

£133 — £133 £133

Ships from Belgium | FREE UK & EU Shipping on Komrads | Import duties may apply outside Belgium

Komrads has taken the first step towards a zero impact trainer. It was their dream to make a comfortable and fashionable trainer that doesn't harm our planet. A trainer for which no natural raw materials need to be harvested and which is entirely made of recycled and reused materials. 

  • Upper: eco apple leather. The apple leather is made of apple waste (peels & cores). An ecological vegan alternative to leather. 
  • Sole: recycled rubber from car tyres and old sneaker soles. The rubber is strong and of outstanding quality. 
  • Lining & Laces: recycled cotton & plastic bottles. Recycled cotton has the potential to greatly reduce water and energy consumption in sustainable fashion and apparel, as well as reduce landfill waste and space.
  • Insole: flexible recycled carbon. Carbon is a plant based substance that has absorbing properties. The insoles are breathable & anti-static.

Apple Leather
The apple eco vegan leather is produced in Italy using waste from the apple juice industry. Every year this industry leaves behind a significant amount of waste. That waste (consisting of apple peels and cores) is developed into a new raw material. An ecological alternative to leather. Moreover, apple leather is a cellulose-based material with as much as 50% of recycled apple fiber. In short, it’s a durable, bio-based and high-quality alternative to leather with a low environmental impact.

Designed in Belgium, and carefully produced in Portugal. PETA Approved

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.

As a marketplace, we sell many beautiful vegan and sustainable brands – but we don’t hold stock, so when you order a product from us, the item is shipped from the brand directly. This eliminates needless carbon emissions and use of resources from not having to have the item packaged and shipped to us, and then repackaged and shipped out again to the customer; and not having to run major warehouse operations in addition to those of our brands.

If you have purchased multiple items from different brands at the same time, each item will be sent separately and directly from each individual brand.

We manage all customer communications, so if you have any questions or issues with delivery of your item, please contact us at customers@immaculatevegan.com.

Delivery Times

Our brands usually dispatch items within 1-2 days of your order. Shipping can take between 3-10 days depending on where you are based and where the brand is based. If an item is made to order, this will be clearly indicated in the product's description.

Delivery Destinations & Costs

We currently ship to the following territories: UK & Europe, North America (US, Canada, and Mexico), Australia, New Zealand, Israel, UAE, Hong Kong, and Japan.

Note: Each of our brands select which countries in the world they deliver to, and they set their own delivery costs for each country (which will vary). If this is not clearly stated on the individual product page, then you will be able to check in the shopping bag before proceeding to payment.

Our brands also select their own couriers, which may also differ by country.

Our Prices, VAT & Import Taxes

If you order an item that ships to you from within your own country, there will be no additional taxes or fees on receipt of goods.

If you order an item that ships to you from another country, your order may be subject to VAT and/or import duties, which are the result of international trade agreements between countries and unfortunately not within our control.

Please note the following scenarios:

Customers within the UK:

  • All products shipped to you from within the UK already include VAT, and there will be no further charges.
  • Products shipped to you from outside the UK under £135 will also include VAT, with no further charges.
  • Products shipped from outside the UK over £135 may be liable to import duties on delivery of the item.

Customers within the EU:

  • All products shipped to you from within your own country already include VAT, and there will be no further charges.
  • Products shipped to you from outside your country under 150 Euros will include VAT, with no further charges.
  • Products shipped from outside your country over 150 Euros may be liable to import duties on delivery of the item.

Customers in the rest of the world, including USA & Canada:

The majority of regions outside UK & EU do not have VAT or import duties that apply except for very high value orders – however this differs by country, so please check with your local customs office if you aren't sure.

Payment of VAT & Import Duties

As the customer, you are responsible for paying any duties that apply in your region. These will be charged at point of delivery, and payable through the courier. Please note, you will be required to pay any relevant VAT & duties before your order will be released to you.

Depending on the courier used by the brand, you will have either an option to pay any additional fees online by following the tracking number available once your order is shipped, or directly to your courier upon delivery.

Unfortunately, if you fail to pay these charges and the parcel is returned to sender, we will not be able to refund your original shipping costs, although we will of course refund the cost of your item, when it has been received by the brand.

Delivery Confirmation

A delivery confirmation email from Immaculate Vegan will be sent to you as soon as the order has been sent. This email will contain a tracking number and the date the brand dispatched the item.

If you want to know the status of your delivery, please use the tracking number and link in this delivery confirmation email. This is the easiest and quickest way for you to get this information. 

If a brand is experiencing a high volume of orders, or other factors such as poor weather or postal strikes, delivery may be delayed by a few days.

If you experience a delivery issue which has not been resolved by the courier, please contact us and we will do our best to resolve this. 

Incorrect Address Details

Please ensure your address is completed correctly and a valid phone number is available at order. Immaculate Vegan does not take responsibility for lost or undelivered items if the address is incorrect.

If your order is returned to the brand, the cost of redelivery must be paid before it is despatched again.

Damages

Please see our Returns Policy

We hope you love the items you buy from us; we take the utmost care in ensuring our brands and products are of a high quality. Additionally, as shipping goods has an environmental impact, we hope to minimise returns by giving you as much information as possible about each product. 

However, we understand that from time to time things might not be quite what you expected. So here is our policy and instructions if you ever need to return a product.

How do I request a return?

Immaculate Vegan is a multi-brand marketplace. That means that we offer products from different brands based in different countries. So you need to return your item directly to the brand supplier, not to Immaculate Vegan.

If you want to return an item, you need to inform Immaculate Vegan, not the brand. Please email us at customers@immaculatevegan.com. We will email you with instructions, including a returns form with the returns address for that brand.

How long do I have to return my order? 

You have 14 days to inform us of your desire to return an item, and then a further 14 days from the date you notify us to send back the item.

Do you offer free returns?

Unfortunately because they are small, independant brands, the vast majority of our brands are NOT able to offer free shipping. If the supplier offers free returns, a Free Post sticker or code will be included in the packaging.

In what condition will you accept returns?

All items returned must be in their original condition – unused, unworn, unwashed, in the original packaging and with original labels and any hygiene stickers attached. All beauty products must be unopened, with all seals in place. Unfortunately, our suppliers will not be able to accept any items that fail to meet these criteria. 

What can be returned?

Any item – regular priced or sale price – may be returned and refunded. This includes items purchased with a promotional or discount code.

However, any custom-made / made to order products cannot be returned and refunded.

Return costs

Unfortunately because they are small, independant brands, the vast majority of our brands are NOT able to offer free shipping. If the supplier offers free returns, a Free Post sticker or code will be included in the packaging.

If the supplier does not offer free returns, you are responsible for packaging up the item and posting it back at your own cost. In this instance, we recommend a signed-for and tracked delivery with proof of postage. This is to ensure that if an item goes missing, it can be tracked.

The exception to this is when the item is faulty, in which case the brand is responsible for paying for costs of returning the item. Please inform us if you receive a faulty item as soon as possible, by emailing us at customers@immaculatevegan.com.

Any delivery costs or import taxes you may have had to pay to receive an item cannot be refunded by us upon the return of that item.

You are responsible for any item being returned until it arrives back at the supplier.

It is your responsibility to fill out any customs declaration form correctly. When filling in the customs declaration form, please consult with your post office personnel how to declare a return exempt from import duties. Otherwise the brand may be charged customs import taxes, which they will deduct from your refund amount.

Processing your return

Once your returned item is received and inspected, the supplier will notify us, and we will then send you an email confirming this.

If your return is approved, your refund will be processed. We aim to refund you as soon as we can, once your returned item has been processed by the supplier.

We are legally obliged to ensure your money is refunded within 14 working days of receipt of the returned goods in a saleable condition.

Please note that original shipping costs are not refundable unless the delivered item is faulty.

Exchanges

Most of our brand partners allow exchanges, although some only offer a return and refund. If you wish to have an exchange, please contact us at customers@immaculatevegan.com.

Duties

If you have had to pay import duty on a purchase, then you may be able to reclaim that from your local tax office, if you return the goods. Immaculate Vegan is not responsible for any additional customs and taxes applied to an order.

Returns & Damages

Immaculate Vegan is not liable for any items damaged or lost during delivery. If this does occur, please let us know and we will contact the brand and then follow up with you. 

Cancellation policy and process 

You can cancel an order that you have paid for if it has not yet been dispatched. To do this, please notify us by using the Contact Us form on our website or email us at customers@immaculatevegan.com.

If you cancel an order that has been dispatched you are obliged to pay the cost of the return shipping. Note: we are unable to refund this or the original shipping fee.

We aim to process your refund within than 5 days of receipt of goods.

Any custom-made or made-to-order products cannot be cancelled.

Note

This policy applies to products purchased from the www.immaculatevegan.com website only.

Questions?

Please contact us using the Contact Us form if you have any questions about returns or cancellations that we haven’t answered, or email us customers@immaculatevegan.com.

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