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A Leather Anniversary Gift: PETA Surprises Harry and Meghan with Adidas Vegan Sneakers


In celebration of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s third wedding anniversary, also known as the leather anniversary, the renowned animal rights organization, PETA, sent them a unique and animal-friendly gift.

As Meghan often dons Vejas, a French vegan brand, for her casual footwear, PETA saw this as an opportunity to present the Sussex couple with a vegan leather alternative. 

The gift consisted of two pairs of Adidas vegan sneakers, a stylish and sustainable shoe from the brand’s Stan Smith collection.

In a heartfelt letter accompanying the sneakers, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk expressed admiration for the couple’s dedication to animals and the environment. 

What’s Wrong With Leather

Leather sneakers vs Vegan sneakers

In the same letter, Newkirk highlighted the devastating impact of the leather industry, which takes the lives of over a billion animals annually and is ranked as the most polluting material in the fashion world.

The chemicals used in leather tanning, such as cyanide and formaldehyde, pose safety risks, leading to restrictions in many countries.

Beyond environmental concerns, leather production also raises serious animal welfare issues. A recent PETA investigation exposed cruel practices, revealing that cows and bulls are subjected to electric shocks, beatings, and branding on their faces before being killed for their skin.

Vegan Alternative

Adidas Vegan Sneakers - Stan Smith

PETA’s special gift, the Adidas vegan sneakers in cloud white and green Stan Smith, represent a sustainable choice in line with PETA’s mission and the couple’s values.

An alternative to animal-derived ingredients, the sneakers are proudly crafted with a vegan upper and an outsole made from rubber waste.

They embody a style that is conscious of the planet’s well-being while maintaining the timeless appeal and iconic style of the Stan Smith collection.

Final Note

Harry and Meghan exchanged vows on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle, and as they embark on their new life in California, PETA hopes to inspire Harry and Meghan with a thoughtful gift to embrace cruelty-free fashion even more.

Imani Jackson

Imani Jackson is a writer born, raised, and based in South London. She developed a keen eye for style through her habit of observing people’s clothes in the street every day. When she isn’t doing that, she likes to spend her time writing about the trends she sees, going out and dancing with the girls, or curating her R&B playlist for the next round of people-watching.

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