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Charlotte Grainger

By Charlotte Grainger

Veja Trainers Size Guide & FAQ

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The height of fashion and sustainability, Veja trainers are hard to ignore. While the brand doesn’t advertise anywhere, the trainer models have fast become some of the most popular in the fashion world. That in itself is a testament to the quiet, unassuming elegance of each of them. Let’s take a quick look at the trainer range and some frequently asked questions. 

Which Veja trainers should you buy?

Are you on the hunt for a brand new pair of trainers? The en vogue Veja brand is certainly worth your time. The company has a whole host of fashion-forward, eco conscious shoe models, from the retro to the minimalist; each of which screams style. If you’re not sure which trainers you should buy, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at some of your options here.  

 

Veja V10 and V12

Veja V10

Designed to celebrate the French label's tenth anniversary, the Veja V10 trainers are a stunning option for any sports lover. The shoes are a combination of responsibly sourced leather and organic cotton. 

They also feature a leather upper, panels made out of leather, a rubber logo V, plus lining in jersey which is 33% organic and 67% recycled polyester. The sole is made from wild rubber harvested from the Amazon rainforest, while lining and laces are made from organic cotton and recycled polyester.

When it comes to the fit, some people may find that the Veja V10 trainers are a little on the heavy and wide side. If you are between two different sizes, it’s smart to choose the size down. 

Veja V12

Offering a completely sustainable and ecological approach, the Veja V12 trainers are both smart and breathable options. These sporty shoes are made from recycled bottles also feature a unique water resistant upper. 

Much like the V10 trainers, these ones also feature a leather upper, leather panels, and a rubber logo V. The lining is made from both organic cotton and recycled polyester, while the sole is made of wild rubber from the Amazonian forest.  

This trainer also runs on the large side, although it does have a narrow fit. If you are between sizes, you should always opt for the size down. 

Veja V-10 and Veja V-12

V10 vs. V12?

Wondering whether you should buy the Veja V10 or V12 trainers? The truth of the matter is that the two types of shoes are quite similar. Both of the models are made from the same ecological and sustainable materials. However, the main difference here is that the V12 shoes tend to run a little narrower than the V10s. So, if you prefer a tighter fit, they are right for you. 

Veja Esplar and Campo

Esplar

The Veja Esplar trainers offer a classic low-top design. These shoes have become popular thanks to its soft leather upper, breathable organic cotton lining and simple V-stitch design. The trainers have both a paired-back, minimalistic look

Plus, Esplar sneakers boast rubber from the Amazonian rainforest which makes up the cream, springy sole. They also get their name from the Brazilian NGO which supports the company's organic cotton farmers and their families. The Esplar trainers tend to run true to size. However, if you are between sizes, you should opt for the size down. 

Campo

Looking for a vegan substitute for leather? Want a pair of trainers that are super eco-friendly? The Veja Campo trainers feature a revolutionary fabric developed by an Italian company, that has taken five years of R&D. 

Made out of a waxed canvas and corn waste, C.W.L. is an entirely bio-sourced and biodegradable fabric. The end result looks and feels like leather, yet is 100% vegan. The trainers also feature organic cotton and recycled polyester. Note that the Veja Campo sneakers tend to run large, so choose a smaller size if you’re between shoe sizes. 

Please note that Veja’s Italian supplier that makes C.W.L has had issues with the production, so the first 100% vegan Campo’s will not be available until the end of 2019. The first release in August 2019 will not be vegan. 

Veja Esplar and Veja Campo

Esplar vs. Campo

So, which should you choose? The Veja Esplar and Veja Campo trainers are quite similar in style, but with a chunkier sole on the Campo, and new gold letter logo detailing. However, the materials they use are completely different. There’s something for everyone: the Veja Esplar trainers are leather and the Veja Campo trainers offer a vegan alternative.  

Rio Branco and SDU

SDU

With a B-mesh upper, which is made from recycled bottles, and vegan suede panels, it’s hard not to fall in love with the Veja SDU trainers. These feature a wild Amazonian rubber sole, jersey lining and a rubber logo V on the side.


If you’re worried about sizing, you needn’t be. The SDU models tend to be true to size. With that in mind, you should choose the same size that usually fits you. 

Rio Branco 

Sporting the super soft and resilient Hexamesh fabric, the ‘retro running’ Rio Branco trainers offer an at once cool and dynamic design. The Hexamesh is composed of 70% organic cotton and 30% recycled plastic bottles. The lining features 33% organic cotton and 67% recycled polyester while there’s the classic logo V on the side of the shoes. 

The suede outer material is 100% vegan while the outsoles have been improved thanks to 20% wild rubber from the Amazonian forest. When it comes to the fit, the brand recommends going one size up if you’re in between sizes. 

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SDU vs. Rio Branco 

Trying to decide between the Veja SDU trainers and the Rio Branco trainers? Both of these models are made from the signature vegan suede fabric. However, only the Rio Branco trainers feature the brand new Hexamesh material. If you’re looking for a powerful pair of trainers, opting for these could be the way to go. 

Veja 3-Lock

The Veja 3-Lock low-top trainers are made from ethically-sourced beautiful white leather. There’s a cool contrasting design here too with the midnight-blue heel tabs alongside a bright-orange logo V. Moreover, the Velcro straps mean that the trainers are easy to slip on and off. 

Of course, the 3-Lock trainers are also sustainable. These shoes feature materials including organic Cotton, recycled E.V.A. and even wild rubber from Amazon forest. They tend to run a little narrow, and so it’s worth going a size up if you’re between sizes. 

 

Veja Trainers FAQ

Now that we’ve taken a brief look at some of the best Veja models on the market, let’s get down to the frequently asked questions. The following answers should give you all the information you need when you invest in your first pair of these trainers. 

How to break in Vejas?

One of the things that you will notice when you get your first pair of Veja trainers is that the tongue is a little stiff. For this reason, many of the Veja models take some time to break in. However, they are uber worth softening up as they fast become your most comfy shoes. 

It should only take a few wears to see the fabric start to become less and less hard. A quick tip that you should keep in mind is to always wear socks with these trainers. Doing so will prevent chafing from the tongue and make you more comfortable. 

Are Veja trainers vegan?

A quarter of the current Veja trainer models are now vegan, moving to 40% by the end of 2019. The vegan options include the Campo, Rio Branco, Nova and the B-Mesh models. However, unlike lesser brands, their vegan options are not made out of virgin plastic as that is not an eco-friendly solution. Instead, the company worked hard for five years to develop a fully biodegradable material for its vegan shoes, such as the Campo trainer line, which is made out of chic waxed canvas, or used 100% recycled polyester from recycled plastic bottles in B-Mesh and Hexamesh fabrics. 

Is Veja sustainable?

The short answer is yes. Wherever possible, the raw materials used to make these trainers comes from within the country’s borders, which reduces transportation. The eco-conscious products also feature organic cotton and B-Mesh, made from recycled plastic bottles. 

On the sole of all Veja shoes, you will find wild Amazonian rubber. The brand has purchased 195 tons of wild rubber from Seringueiro communities In the Amazon since in 2004. The move has allowed them to preserve 120,000 hectares of the forest environment. 

Veja Sneakers Sustainable Wild Rubber

The leather used for these trainers comes from southern Brazil and is also environmentally friendly. The brand tracks the material to absolutely ensure that it doesn’t come from an area that was deforested for cattle farming purposes. The company uses a tannery that is certified Gold by the Leather Working Group. They also perform random checks on a regular basis to monitor the level of chrome in the leather and ensure they meet REACH standards.

Are Veja trainers ethical?

The Veja brand has a beating ethical heart. The company is vigalent, banning child labour, forced labour and discrimination. The team also stands up for work safety, fair wages and the right to union-trade. Monitoring these aspects of the business part of the brand’s ethos, which is why they have regular external social audits as well as internal reporting.

Another ethical step that the brand has taken is to pre-finance harvests by up to 40%. In simple terms, that means that they buy organic cotton a year before they need it to make the sustainable Veja trainers. Producers get a fair deal too, since there is a mutually agreed market-decorrelated price in place for one-to-three years. This measure allows them to know how much they will earn before they start production. 

Why are Veja shoes so expensive?

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to Veja surrounds the price. We won’t beat around the bush–these are not cheap shoes. However, what you’re paying for here is quality, eco-friendliness and sustainability. 

It costs around five to seven times as much to produce Veja trainers as it does a standard pair of shoes. That is because the trainers use raw materials which are environmentally friendly and purchased according to fair trade principles. 

To keep costs to a minimum, Veja has cut out its advertising budget. That means that you, the customer, gets the high-quality trainers for a similar price to other leading brands. 

Are Veja trainers worth it?

When you’re in the market for a new pair of trainers, you certainly shouldn’t overlook the Veja brand. Stylish, eco-conscious, vibrant and durable – these trainers pack a serious punch when it comes to whether they are worth it or not. Aside from being fashion-forward and effortlessly sophisticated, the trainers also have a sustainable undertone to them. 

If you’re looking for a pair of trainers that will last and last, you can’t go far wrong with a Veja pair. One of the highlights from the brand is the Veja Esplar trainers, which include beautifully shaped and smooth leather, and cost under £100. Think of these trainers as a long-term investment, not merely a piece of fashion clothing, because that’s what they are. 

Veja Sneaker Range

How to clean your Veja trainers 

Wondering how to clean Veja trainers? Before you slip on a brand new pair, you should waterproof your shoes. Doing so will mean that they last longer than they usually would.

If your trainers are a canvas pair, this involves brushing them with cold water and Marseille soap. If you have leather shoes, you should use a damp cloth and a specific product spray or cream. You should also dry brush the leather inserts regularly. In both cases, it’s important to repeat the cleaning process on a regular basis. 

Finally, the brand states that you should avoid putting them in the washing machine at all costs as it may damage the shoes. Instead, you need to stick to hand cleaning them. 

Where are Veja shoes made?

Veja trainers are produced in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil. However, the designs and ideas for each of the unique pairs of trainers takes place in Paris, France. 

Conclusion 

Investing in a stunning pair of Veja sneakers is certain to be one of the smartest moves you make. These shoes last and last, while also looking fantastic and being eco-friendly. With any luck, this guide should have helped you decide which shoe models are right for you. Why not take that step today and treat yourself to a pair of trainers that you will love?

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