Since the company’s inception in 2001, CLAE has consistently been striving to push the envelope in terms of environmentally sustainable manufacturing, with an immense focus on alternative and eco-friendly materials and manufacturing techniques that minimize the Los Angeles outfit’s carbon footprint. CLAE’s latest release, however, is arguably its most noteworthy and innovative to date, with the footwear firm debuting a new version of its classic Bradley sneaker that’s made from vegan-friendly cactus leather.
To deliver the new shoe, CLAE partnered with 2020 Green Product Award-winner and inventors of sustainable cactus-based leather, DESSERTO. Grown in Zacatecas, Mexico, this cactus leather is cultivated without the use of any pesticides or herbicides and is harvested in sustainable cycles every six to eight months, affording the time needed to be fully regenerative. Offered in green, white, or black, this PETA-approved and USDA-certified material comprises the Bradley’s uppers, while the sole of these hand-crafted shoes are made from a 100% natural rubber sourced from the latex sap of the Hevea tree and the laces are derived from recycled nylon. The CLAE Bradley Cactus Leather Sneaker is available for preorder now with pricing set at $130—a $20 discount over the regular MSRP.