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A footwear brand has seen ‘high demand’ after launching a range of vegan sneakers made from cactus leather.

CLAE unveiled its limited-edition ‘Bradley Cactus’ sneakers last month, after partnering with award-winning brand Desserto.

The sneakers, priced at €119, are available to pre-order on CLAE’s website in three colors: white, green, and black.

‘Quality and durability’

“We’re proud to introduce the first sneaker fabricated with 100 percent vegan and organic Cactus Leather…” the brand wrote.

“This material meets our demanding specifications in terms of quality and durability that our sneakers call for.”

The brand also said the sneakers feature recycled nylon laces from plastic waste and a heel tab made of neoprene.

CLAE added: “The 100 percent natural rubber sole is obtained from the latex sap of the Hevea tree. Hevea plantations are sustainable and contribute to maintaining the global balance of carbon in the atmosphere.”

Vegan cactus leather

Entrepreneurs Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez founded Desserto in 2019.

The duo says its cactus leather took two years to develop. Moreover, it has ‘competitive features compared to animal or synthetic leather, like sustainability, performance, and aesthetics’.

Since its debut, Desserto has won a slew of awards such as the 2020 Green Product Award and the LVMH Innovation Award 2020.

You can pre-order the sneakers here

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.