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In a move that aligns with AKU’s core value of producing highly technical, quality footwear with low environment impact, the Italian brand launched its new Vegan offering at Slide & OTS.
The Superalp V-Light GTX boot (RRP £274.99) is part of the brand’s new V-Light Family which sees each model in the collection made from 100% vegan components – right down to the laces and Gore-Tex laminate – and certified accordingly.
Available in sizes 3-13, the Superalp V-Light GTX weighs in at almost 100 g/pair lighter than AKU’s existing Superalp GTX, mainly thanks to the recycled microfibre upper (30% lighter than suede) and midsole. Available in a striking blue and orange colourway they offer the same high spec qualities and support as the existing Superalp GTX and NBK GTX models so suitable for longer distances, particularly when carrying heavy loads, thanks to superb underfoot cushioning and the right level of flex in the upper.
Bringing to market a Vegan boot is a natural step for AKU as it is a footwear brand that is well known for its ‘reACT Responsibly’, less waste, less consumption, less impact ethos. Back in 2018 AKU was the first and only company in the footwear sector to have calculated and certified the environmental impact on the Bellamont Plus and pioneered the use of Zero Impact leather (chrome and heavy metal free) on other models in the AKU range.
AKU takes seriously its responsibility to retailers and consumers (and has done for over a decade) and is transparent regarding the production methods and origin of its products. The brand’s commitment goes beyond the fact that they produce highly functional footwear with a focus on the constant search for innovative design solutions with low environmental impact, reusing resources and abiding to the principles of the circular economy.