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Meghan Markle has been photographed wearing a pair of vegan Stan Smith shoes made by designer Stella McCartney in collaboration with Adidas.

The vegan shoes, which launched on September 10, are called the ‘Stella Stan Smith’ – and have a few special tweaks including a color block heel panel and stars (McCartney’s signature) stamped down the side.

After their launch, Madonna reportedly picked up a pair, and now Markle has become the latest celebrity to sport the trainer during her 16-day Royal Tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand with husband Prince Harry.

Vegan leather

Speaking about the trainers, McCartney told Vogue magazine: “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.”

The shoes have a few small tweaks including McCartney’s trademark stars down the side
The shoes have a few small tweaks including McCartney’s trademark stars down the side

Markle and vegan leather

This is not the first time Markle has opted for vegan leather: during a 2017 interview, she revealed her love for trousers made from the fabric, saying: “My wardrobe for my part in Suits isn’t like Working Girl – dressing for work doesn’t have to be so on-the-nose these days.

“The key is to have your own point of view attached to it. Personally, I love cropped pants in vegan leather, a great fitted blazer and a button-down [shirt].”

She has also spoken about her ‘part-time’ plant-based diet – which she appears to have recently ditched, reportedly on the advice of royal doctors, who allegedly told her to eat more meat during her pregnancy.

Maria Chiorando

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.