Slip-on sneakers

These vegan slip-on sneakers are made from recycled fashion waste

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Vegan sneakers that do no harm to animals and to divert textile waste from landfills? Yes, these new slip-on shoes tick both boxes and have just been launched by sustainable Hong Kong-based brand Kibo.

Hong Kong sustainable footwear brand Kibo has just launched a new sneaker collection, its first vegan line. Called the Kibo Recycled Canvas Slip-Ons, the new cruelty-free shoes are made from recycled materials that have been salvaged from factories – fabrics that would otherwise add to the truck loading of textile waste buried every second in the world.

Kibo recycled canvas slip-ons

Learn more about the new collection with The green queen of the media, Kibo says its new canvas shoes are made from a range of recycled materials. While the upper is primarily made from cotton recycled from pre- and post-consumer textiles, as well as other blends recycled from post-industrial waste, the outsoles contain reclaimed rubber components.

The shoe’s insole, just like the rest of the Kibo line, is made from FSC-certified cork and recycled rubber foam, and it’s all assembled using only water-based glue, in a factory accredited by the BSCI, which guarantees compliance with occupational safety and human rights standards.

According to Kibo, the use of recycled fibers on the canvas upper reduces the shoe’s water footprint by up to 98% compared to conventional cotton materials.

But that doesn’t mean any compromise in terms of comfort. Kibo says its new kicks, which are the first vegan collection after the brand’s flagship line of recycled leather sneakers, still carry an almost virgin quality of conventional textiles. The design itself is lightweight and features orthopedic insoles to provide support, and incorporates Micro-Fresh technology, which means they are also anti-bacterial.

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Demand for sustainable vegan shoes

Announcing the launch of the new slip-ons, brand co-founder Natalie Chow said customers have been asking for a vegan, sustainable and comfortable offering for some time. The shoe was designed for a year, to ensure the brand lives up to all fronts.

“Our customers wanted a lightweight, durable pair of shoes that they could easily put on and take off. It took us a year to develop this to make sure that we have a material that we believe in and walk lightly on our planet. ”

Chow launched the brand in 2018, initially under the Lacess name, before becoming Kibo earlier this year. As a veteran of the beauty and fashion industry, Chow said she had become ‘jaded’ by her career and decided to create her own brand that could ‘contribute more to society while doing less. harm to the environment ”.

And consumers are clearly on board, with fast fashion brands being scrutinized more than ever by their practices, and buyers, driven by millennials and Gen Z, are turning to value-driven brands and becoming more aware of their needs. purchases.

In terms of social impact, Kibo is currently donating part of the proceeds from each pair of sneakers sold to charities helping to fight human trafficking and modern slavery. It is in partnership with Compassion first, which runs support programs for child survivors of sex trafficking.

The new vegan recycled canvas slip-ons come in two colourways, Aquamarine and Slate Gray, and are sold for HK $ 720 through the Kibo website and select retailers in Hong Kong.

All images are courtesy of Kibo.