What does British athlete Fiona Oakes say about vegan running shoes?
With experts urging us to eat our 7-a-day, more and more of us are becoming aware of the value of fruits and vegetables in our diets, and some may be becoming curious about vegan diets. But veganism isn’t just about enjoying a rich and varied assortment of plant-based dishes, it’s also about the clothes we wear and the trainers we run in...
You don’t have to be vegan to love vegan trainers. There are so many makes of vegan trainers now available on the high street. Many runners and athletes wear vegan trainers without even realising they’re vegan!
But what is a ‘vegan’ trainer? – put simply, it’s a high-tech breathable trainer made from animal-free materials. What’s not to love about that?
One athlete in particular is especially famed for her love of vegan trainers - Fiona Oakes. Fiona, who wears an Asics DS trainer, is famous for her successes in extreme marathons from the Marathon des Sables to the North Pole Marathon and is applying to the Guinness Book of Records for her achievements. An Ambassador of The Vegan Society, Fiona comments on her successes and how she is fuelled by her healthy vegan diet, “It is something only a handful of people have achieved and very few women. I have complete, one hundred per cent faith that my vegan diet will always give me everything that my body needs to perform well.”
Veganism is also a protected belief; since 1993, veganism has been explicitly protected as a human right under Article 9 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights. And it’s also a valid, healthy diet that everyone can thrive on; the British Dietetic Association recently stated that, ‘...well-planned plant-based, vegan-friendly diets can be devised to support healthy living at every age and life-stage.’ So we should all love vegans!
Veganism is for everyone, anytime, whatever our lifestyle. There are so many aspects of the vegan lifestyle that can be adopted by anyone wanting to make a difference, with or without going vegan.
The Vegan Society, famous for coining the word ‘vegan’, is about to celebrate its 70th anniversary and is helping many more people to love vegan and go vegan with confidence, encouraging more trusted Vegan Trademarked products to be available in shops, and taking veganism to the mainstream.
Fiona comments, “You don’t have to be vegan to love vegan trainers. To run vegan, just check for The Vegan Society’s iconic ‘sunflower’ trademark on the box or tag.”
Fall in love with veganism...
There are opportunities to run vegan and fundraise for The Vegan Society at major running events across the country. If you would like to take part or to join The Vegan Society, you can email us or call (0)121 523 1730.