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Responding to a demand for more ethical options, Young Soles is launching its first vegan shoe collection.
Responding to a demand for more ethical options, Young Soles is launching its first vegan shoe collection. “Since our inception five years ago, we’ve been repeatedly asked if we could create the same beautiful shoes for families who are concerned with animal welfare and environmental issues,” says Louise Shill, founder and creative director. “It’s something that has been in our plans for a while, but we wanted to make sure we found just the right materials before proceeding.”
Debuting for Spring ’20, the brand took its three most popular summer styles and recreated them with sustainble materials, using OnSteam lining and OnMicro material for the uppers. Fully recyclable with comparable durablity to its non-vegan counterparts, the new collection’s construction closely mimics the characteristics of natural cowhide and is 100-percent waterproof.
“Buyers love the robustness of the shoes and sandals, and the fact that they are machine-washable,” CEO Stu Anderson says, adding that the absorbent, hypoallergenic and antibacterial qualities of the OnSteam lining are other features customers will appreciate.
Looking toward Fall ’20, Young Soles plans to roll out more vegan options, including its most popular boot style, the Signey. “We want to continue offering a wide range of footwear to suit many occasions and requirements,” Anderson says.“This is just the beginning of a new chapter for Young Soles.”