👟 Paul Pogba designs vegan, gender-neutral boot

👟 Paul Pogba designs vegan, gender-neutral boot

Veganism is becoming more popular in sports, with players such as Roma defender Chris Smalling advocating for a plant-based diet.

League Two outfit Forest Green Rovers is a totally vegan football club, and Chelsea made history by becoming the first Premier League club to install a fully vegan food kiosk for supporters in 2020.

Now, Paul Pogba has gotten in on the act, assisting in the development of a 100% vegan, gender-neutral football boot.

The Manchester United and France midfielder teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney to develop the Adidas Predator Freak, which uses recyclable materials as well.

The notion came from a conversation Pogba had with McCartney during lockdown in May 2020, according to Pogba.

"It was in the middle of lockdown and I was missing playing football so much, so it was an incredible feeling to be able to focus on something that combines my love for the game with my passion for style," he said.

"I am a footballer first and foremost, but I have a huge interest in fashion and design and I've always wanted to explore this further."

McCartney added: "Hearing how passionate he was about fashion and learning how much we had in common really sparked the inspiration for co-creating this iconic boot.

"One comment that stuck with me was how fashion was part of his personality both on and off the pitch, so it was important for this to shine through in the design."

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