German outdoor shoe brand Doghammer claims it has launched the first-ever vegan shoes made for mountain biking.
Called Bike Graveler, the cycling shoes are constructed from a range of natural materials derived from non-animal sources, including the glue that holds the shoes together.
Combining sustainability and functionality
Bike Graveler’s upper features contrast panels made from a mixture of vegan leather, natural canvas, and cork. The latter is grown and processed in Portugal.
The removable insole is made from recycled cork, which is collected through the brand’s Cork Collect Challenge and helps to provide soft cushioning. Doghammer claims that the cork-based insole is also quick-drying and odorless.
The cycling shoes also feature a non-slip Vibram sole product made from recycled rubber for increased grip on every pedal.
Offering a lighter fit, the mountain bike shoes weigh around 1120 grams.
“We’ve been working on it for a long time, and now it’s here, the first vegan bike shoe,” Doghammer’s website reads.
“The Bike Graveler combines sustainability and functionality to the highest degree. From the recycled Vibram sole to the recycled cork insole, each material tells its own story.”