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Nike Phasing Out Kangaroo Leather In Soccer Cleats


With a number of state and federal lawmakers looking to ban the sale of kangaroo products, Nike reportedly plans to stop using kangaroo leather in its shoes. In a statement earlier this year, Nike said it would use a proprietary synthetic material to replace the use of kangaroo leather, timed with the launch this summer of a new line of Tiempo soccer cleats called the Tiempo Legend Elite.

According to Nike: “This summer, Nike will launch a new boot innovation in its Tiempo franchise. The Tiempo Legend Elite will debut with a new Nike-only, proprietary synthetic upper. The upper has a new material that is a better performance solution and replaces kangaroo leather. In addition, the Tiempo Premier, also set to launch this summer, will move away from using kangaroo leather. Nike divested of its only kangaroo leather supplier in 2021 and will stop making any product with kangaroo leather in 2023.”

Nike’s decision follows the introduction of a bill in January in Oregon, where the company is located, that would ban products containing dead kangaroos. A separate bill before the House of Representatives would criminalize the import, transport and sale of kangaroo products. California prohibits the sale of all kangaroo products.