The sneakers are reportedly the first chrome-free tanned leather sneakers in the U.S. market, according to Italic.

The footwear is manufactured by Tophide, a chrome-free shoemaker that focuses on producing shoes with traditional methods and modern, chrome-free leather to “ensure safer conditions for their employees and community”.

A statement said: “This lightweight, comfortable hi-top is made from a unique, high-quality leather composition that optimises grain tightness and heat-resistance. Using tannery-specific Zeology technology, our leather is treated sustainably without compromising on overall durability.”

The leather is produced at Xuzhou Nanhai Tannery, a partner of Zeology based in China.