Dog Hammer, the German outdoor brand, has launched what it claims to be the first-ever vegan mountain bike shoes. Called Bike Graveler, the technical shoes are made from vegan materials, including alternative leather, natural canvas and cork.
Available with the clipless pedal system, the Doghammer Bike Graveler uses a recycled rubber Vibram sole as well as vegan glue to hold the shoe together. Vegan leather is used, as well as a removable cork insole which, according to the brand, dries quickly and is odorless.
More and more sports and outdoor brands are now opting for sustainable and animal-free footwear. Vegan athletes often struggle to find suitable options without conventional leather, suede or animal-based glue, but that’s changing as brands respond to consumer demands for sustainable products. Adidas also recently released the Vegan Velosamba cycling shoes for casual use.
In other sports, Puma recently announced its flagship football boot model made exclusively from animal-free materials, while Adidas launched its first vegan football boots created by Manchester United’s Stella McCartney and Paul Pogba. Mexican cactus leather specialist DESSERTO has also teamed up with Adidas to make vegan boxing gloves, while Nike has launched a vegan version of its classic SB Dunk basketball shoes.