Reading Time: < 1 minute The animal-friendly shoes come in four different colors (Images: PONS Avarcas USA)
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US-based footwear and accessory line PONS Avarcas has released
its first ever collection of vegan shoes to keep up with growing demand.

Vegan sandals

The shoes – which are made in Spain and inspired by some of the country’s
most popular styles – are usually made using leather but the brand now offers
vegan versions of the ‘Classic Style’ sandal in black, gray, brown, and taupe.

Founders Noelia Pahissa and Jose Fuentes developed the
leather alternative in collaboration with Spanish artisans to closely resemble the animal derived product.

Plant based

The new line was inspired by a shift in lifestyle for Pahissa
and Fuentes – who are not only business partners but a married couple.

Pahissa told VegNews: “The new collection reflects some of
the changes we’re making at home such as introducing a plant-based diet and
being more ecologically responsible.”

Growing demand

Pahissa also said the pair ‘saw a demand for vegan Avarcas
in the US market’.

PONS Avarcas is by no means alone in growing the range of vegan footwear options on the market.

Other recent vegan shoe releases include a new range of Birkenstocks,
and a sustainable Star Wars collection by PO-ZU, while celebrity Kat Von D’s hotly
anticipated vegan shoe line
is due to debut later this year.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.