The only leather-free Converse skate shoes


Summary: only these two shoes (below) seem to be leather-free. All glues used by Converse seem to be vegan.

Chatting to the Converse customer service (Europe) is a bit like chatting to an old acquaintance that talks a lot but says nothing. Very friendly though.

Of the Converse skate shoes there do not seem to be ANY leather-free shoes EXCEPT a collab shoe with some Dutch company that I can't be bothered to look up. This shoe comes in two colourways.

This shoe is the "Converse CONS x POP Trading Company JP Pro".

WHITISH or in Converse language "Egret/Red Dahlia/Egret 169007C"

... and ...

BLUE which Converse calls "Navy/Citrus/Egret 169006C"

It seems that no other colourways exist - therefore no leather colourways (at least on the website and from what I can see at the moment).

More info from the Converse website:

"HERITAGE NOW: POP x JP PRO.
Converse CONS x POP Trading Company JP Pro is CONS’ latest two-pack and first global collab with our long-time partners, Amsterdam’s POP Trading Company. Calling to mind the organic aesthetic of skateboarding’s rich heritage [see what I mean? ... talking without saying anything], the POP x JP Pro proudly features the grippy feel and detailed perfection the all CONS and POP products are famous for.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE DOWN 
Custom made and branded for POP Trading Company.
Premium rubber-backed canvas upper.
High top support / Low top freedom.
Rubber taping for durability, protection, and style.
CX foam footbed.
Amsterdam’s finest, POP Trading Company, details a skate-heritage two-pack — POP x JP Pro high and low top. Devoted to skateboarding’s rich, organic heritage."

What the customer service says:

"[....]
First of all, all our glues are synthetic and non-animal based.

While the majority of our materials are animal-by-product free [says Converse, a leather shoe company], the products could be manufactured in a facility which could contain animal-by-products.

This means that our non-animal based shoes are manufactured in a factory that also produces leather shoes. In result, it is not possible for us to advertise our products as being truly vegan (the same knife that is used to cut a leather shoe may be used to cut the materials on a non-leather shoe). [I have assured them that this does not make a product non-vegan. And shoes made in non-vegan factories can certainly even be certified vegan by the Vegan Society and other vegan organizations.]

The Chuck ‘70 has moved to a leather embossed patch, alongside with the updating of the logo on the bumper plate sock liner, so the CTAS ’70 is not vegan friendly. [suede ollie patch on canvas shoes]

[...]

[...] regarding the Cons X Pop [...] 
It does look like the shoes you have linked do not contain leather or suede, however our non-animal based shoes are manufactured in a factory that also produces leather shoes. In result, it is not possible for us to advertise our products as being truly vegan (the same knife that is used to cut a leather shoe may be used to cut the materials on a non-leather shoe). [same text as above]"

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Update 17 September 2020:
In response to me saying that products manufactured in the same company as animal products can still be labeled and certified as vegan:

"While we agree that the certification would be possible, we hold the trust of our customers in very high regard. Many vegans and vegetarians expect a vegan product to be 100% free of animal cruelty in any way, shape or form throughout the entirety of the production process.

As explained before, we cannot completely fulfill this preposition with the tools and production facilities used to make our leather-free products. We therefore think it is fair not to label the products in a deceptive or suggestive way.

With the Renew program as well as several other initiatives for sustainability, Converse will surely not disappoint your hopes for leather-free products in the future."

Whether that means leather-free skate shoes, remains unclear.
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Converse CONS x POP Trading Company JP Pro Navy/Citrus/Egret 169006C











Converse CONS x POP Trading Company JP Pro Egret/Red Dahlia/Egret 169007C