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Nike vows to stop making football boots with kangaroo leather after campaign backed by celebrities

David Beckham famously gave them the boot in 2006 after activists sent him graphic images of animals being slaughtered for his shoes.

And now the premium kangaroo leather football boots ditched by the former England captain and made by the likes of Nike, Adidas and Puma, are soon to be given the red card after pressure from animal rights campaigners, celebrities and a clampdown in the US.

The US giant ended its partnership with its only kangaroo leather supplier in 2021.

The company said its famed Tiempo football boot range – which have reportedly been worn by England midfielder Jordan Henderson and Liverpool and Netherlands centre-back Virgil – will in future be made with a synthetic fabric.

Nike’s German rival Puma made a similar commitment earlier this year.

Luxury fashion houses including Gucci, Chanel and Prada as well as British brands like Paul Smith and Victoria Beckham have previously rejected kangaroo leather.

The announcement by the sports giants was welcomed by animal rights campaigners, with Wayne Pacelle of the Center for a Humane Economy hailing it as ‘a seismic event in wildlife protection’.

The group spearheaded the ‘Kangaroos Are Not Shoes’ campaign, which was set up in 2020 and went viral online after being backed by celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Woody Harrelson.

Source of data and images: dailymail

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