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Footwear brand Mercer Amsterdam has launched a new range of sneakers featuring vegan suede from Alcantara. 

The material is often used in the interior of high-end cars such as Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini. 

Moreover, Alcantara describes itself as the ‘first completely sustainable Italian-made industrial product’ as it has been carbon-neutral since 2011.

Vegan sneakers

Mercer’s new sneakers are available in three colors: Midnight Black, Shadow Black, and Pearl Grey.

They all feature a Vibram rubber outsole ‘making sure for an extremely plush ride every step of the way’ and retail at €250 ($290).

 “I think Alcantara and Mercer go very well together because we both combine high-end design and sustainability,” Founder Pim Mercer told Plant Based News.

‘A game-changer’

Earlier this year, Mercer launched vegan leather sneakers made from Italian wine waste

The ‘W3rd Wine Pack’ also featured mesh made from recycled PET bottles and an algae-based EVA sole. 

In a statement sent to PBN Pim said: “It’s important for us to try and change the high-end sneaker industry. It doesn’t need to be all-leather all the time. 

“The best experience for me is when someone says ‘I love this sneaker’ without knowing the backstory. 

“This goes to show that sustainable, vegan, and plant-based footwear can be as nice and luxurious as real leather. And that is a game-changer in a mostly all-leather and plastic industry.”

You can shop Mercer’s latest vegan range 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'.