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Popular streetwear brand Vans launched its first sustainable shoe collection last week. The new Eco Theory collection includes four of the company’s best-selling shoe styles made with ethically sourced, vegan, and environmentally friendly materials. The lace-up Authentic sneakers, iconic Slip-Ons, SK8-Hi high tops, and classic Style 36 kicks with the recognizable Vans side stripe complete this sustainable lineup. 

Sustainable materials, classic styles

In lieu of the harsher textiles used in other Vans products (suede, petroleum-based rubber, chemically treated dyes), the Eco Theory collection features organic cotton, cork, natural rubber, hemp, and water-based inks and glues. For the SK8-HI Decon 38 high tops, the canvas uppers are made with 100 percent organically grown cotton, the laces are made from hemp fibers, and the sole has been replaced with responsibly sourced and natural rubber. 

“Sustainability has to be at the forefront of Vans for the future. It’s a fantastic moment to own the space and…

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