Cruelty-Free Sneaks: Issey Miyake

By Ecouterre

Pleats Please Issey Miyake and Vancouver’s Native Shoes are stepping out with a peppy new line of sneakers. Based on Native’s “Apollo Moc” silhouette, the 100 percent animal-free kicks offer a contemporary take on the classic moccasin sneaker. With their shared passion for functional minimalism, the kismet between the brands is obvious. Native creates its footwear using a combination of foam-injection molding and three-dimensional printing, both of which produce low emissions and little waste. The resulting shoes, according to the company, are lightweight, shock-absorbent, and odor-resistant, not to mention waterproof. Another plus? They’re washable.


Pleats Please, Miyake’s paean to the grace and simplicity of the pleat, feature permanently pressed garments that conform to the body and adapt to movement while maintaining a delicate ease.

The shoes themselves are composed of ethylene-vinyl acetate, which Native describes as the “marshmallow that never melts.” Besides eschewing hazardous chemicals such as bisphenol A, phthalates, and formaldehyde, they’re also bereft of any animal by-products. “We’re friends with animals, aren’t you?” Native asks on its website.

“We’re excited to work with Pleats Please Issey Miyake,“ Dominique Morriset, global marketing director for Native Shoes, tells Ecouterre. “Blending our love for color and future technology, the final product is just what we hoped for.”

The sneakers, which retail for $95, are now available at Issey Miyake stores in New York, Paris, Zurich, London, and Japan.



Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. We’re dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also a garment’s social and environmental impact, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. Our ethos: To follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters.








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