Reading Time: < 1 minute The shoes are made from vegan leather (Photo: Stella McCartney)
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Sportswear giant Adidas has launched a vegan version of its classic Stan Smith shoe – designed by Stella McCartney.

Lifelong vegetarian McCartney proposed she create the shoe after being gifted a pair of custom veggie Stan Smiths – and realizing how many animal’s lives could be saved if it Adidas used it to replace its leather version.

According to the designer, whose Adidas x Stella McCartney line is now in its 13th year, she ‘really couldn’t tell the difference between the real leather and the faux leather pair’.

Vegan classic

She told Voguemagazine: “Many years ago, I was given a special pair of vegetarian leather Stan Smiths by my husband and Adidas…I could not help but think [of] how many animals’ lives could be saved if Stan Smith and Adidas would change from real leather to vegetarian leather, and use non-animal-based glues.”

“We’ve been collaborating with Adidas for many years, [so] I thought this would be a great way to reach a really wide audience and enable them to understand that you don’t have to have leather shoes or animal-based glues in order to have an incredible, iconic product.”

Stan Smith and Stella McCartney are featured on the tongue of the shoes (Photo: Stella McCartney)

Customized

The shoe – called the ‘Stella Stan Smith’ – has a few special tweaks.

These include like a color block heel panel and stars (McCartney’s signature) stamped down the side.

In addition, while Stan Smith appears as standard on the right tongue, McCartney is on the right. She describes her version as ‘a modern update that retains the classic appeal of the original’.

The shoes, which retail for $300US (£235), will be available from September 10. You can pre-order them here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.