US-based footwear and accessory line PONS Avarcas has released its first ever collection of vegan shoes to keep up with growing demand.
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.
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."
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 is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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