Nike debuts a new vegan sneaker made with pineapple-based leather, Hypebeast reports. In a collaboration with the brand Piñatex, Nike is using the material for the vegan collection called “Happy Pineapple.”

The sneakers receiving the pineapple treatment include Air Force 1, Air Max 95, Air Max 90, two Air Zoom-Types and the Free Run Trail. The line also includes a women’s Air Force 1 colorway exclusive.

The sneakers each have a small pineapple logo on the tongue, as well as different color schemes to complement, like “Coconut Milk” and “Green Glow.” Pineapple leather is awesome. It was invented and patented by Ananas Anam, who called it Piñatex. They are the only company that makes this plant leather and are dedicated to making their production as eco-friendly as possible! 

“This extra-sweet edition of the Air Force 1 merges the classic silhouette with juicy hues and clever details paying homage to a summertime staple: pineapple. The look is anchored by shades of Green Glow and Light Bone, but the theme is more than skin-deep—the design features shimmering Piñatex® foil made from the by-product of pineapple harvests. An embroidered graphic on the tongue highlights the style’s organic inspiration,” says the description of the Women’s Air Force 1.

Piñatex also announced the launch on Instagram. Their caption reads, “This summer has just gotten sweeter. Nike merges their innovative silhouettes with juicy hues and clever details paying homage to a summertime staple – the pineapple. Piñatex has been used on the brand’s iconic models in key parts of the shoe together with other sustainable materials such as cork.”


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