For people who choose a vegan lifestyle, it is about much more than the food you eat. It can also be the products you use – skincare, wash products, shampoos and soaps. You also need to look at the clothes and shoes you wear, as leather and suede are by products of meat industry. Brands like Beyond Skin and designers like Stella McCartney have have shown that being vegan can also be very stylish, and now, with the Beyond Suede collection, cult skater shoe brand éS has also created the perfect stylish and animal friendly trainers.
The Beyond Suede collection has three iconic éS styles – all made with animal-friendly materials including microfiber, mesh and tumbled and synthetic leathers – taking the typical skate shoe and making it atypical. This is a vegan and eco-friendly collection that leverages heritage éS colour stories through ethically sourced non-animal leathers and microfiber materials and applies them to our most functional skate shoes.
I have been testing driving my favourite look from the collection, the Silo SC, to see just how stylish and cool the trainers really are, and I can say I am totally impressed by how they look, feel and perform on my daily walks.
The beautifully crafted SILO SC is a kickback to one of the top-selling colourways of the infamous éS K1 1997. Integrating synthetic leather and mesh for breathability, built on an STI Energy Foam midsole and wrapped within a double cup outsole that éS pioneered for skateboarding in the ’90s. This combination of materials and colours brings emotions of the best times in skateboarding and will continue to keep this legacy alive.
That’s what the brand say, but as a none skateboard type, what would I think?
Well, the first thing I would say is that they are true to size. I wear a size five and these were just instantly comfortable, I didn’t need to break them in, they just felt perfect from day one. They come with two lots of laces, one black and one white, so you can choose your look (I went for white, always white laces for me). The navy and white colourway is fresh and has an iconic feel, while the synthetic leather and mesh means this looks like any pair of good quality trainers rather than some sort of trainer copy. Frankly, if you love great boxfresh trainers, you will love these.
So how do you style these? Well they obviously look great with jeans and any sports or leisure wear, but it’s finally Summer and we’ve got some weather that actually belongs to that season, so I’m channelling my inner Lily Allen circa 2006 by wearing a pretty Summer dress (Dorothy Perkins last season) with my trainers. I think the look works pretty well.
I have one pair of the Accel Slim (pictured below) in size 6 to give away.
The Accel Slim has rapidly become the most requested shoe for the new generation of skaters. As a refined version of the Accel OG, it is a perfect all-around shoe with an excellent board feel, durability, and comfort. Features include Lycra Spandex tongue straps, moulded STI Energy foam foot-beds, tumbled synthetic leather and a breathable tongue. Retails for £64.99.
You can enter using the gleam rafflecopter below.
UK entrants only.