Say Yes to Nopal: Clae's Minimalist-Cool Kicks Get a Sharp and Sustainable Makeover

We're fans of Clae's vegan leather kicks made of cactus.

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Clae Bradley cactus leather sneakers, $150; other colors available

The earth is in quite a prickly situation, to say the least. Eco-grief is also certainly a thing — and if you, like us, experience the first-world problem of decision fatigue when it comes to shopping more sustainably, then these vegan-friendly unisex kicks by Los Angeles-based footwear brand Clae are a stylish solution to reducing your carbon footprint.

This plant-powered version of Clae's best-selling Bradley silhouette is a worthy replacement for your favorite sneakers that you've finally worn down to the ground. Apparently, these are the first shoes made of 100% organic cactus "leather," which the label says was produced in collaboration with Mexico-based company Adriano Di Marti. The Zacatecas-based brand developed Deserto, a greener alternative to animal leather that's made from the mature leaves of cactus without damaging the entire plant.

These sneakers feature a cotton canvas lining and molded EVA footbed for comfort. The sole is made from natural rubber from the latex sap of Hevea trees, which are grown on sustainable plantations that help "maintain the global balance of carbon in the atmosphere," says Clae. The eco-conscious steppers are finished with recycled nylon shoelaces and a non-toxic synthetic neoprene heel tab.

Like all of Clae's products, the shoes come in eco-friendly recycled cardboard packaging. Shop them (and the rest of the L.A. label's effortless footwear) right here.

Main photo: Clae

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