How are they made?
The M’89 Polar Cactus Sneakers

March 2022

Quality is key here at SAYE. And for you to really understand the quality of our shoes, the energy and value that we invest into these sneakers, we felt it necessary to walk you through the step by step process of what goes into the creation of each masterpiece.

Along with quality, We’re 100% focused on making a pair of sneakers that you’ll fall in love with, that feel super comfortable while wearing and that will last for years and years.

And to achieve all of that, we need to make every decision along the process a good one.

First things first…

Finding the right material that will allow each sneaker to be durable, soft, sexy, while also offering sustainable processes and being 100% VEGAN (of course), is the very first step along our creation process.

The moment we came across Desserto, created by a mexican duo called Adrián López Velarde and Marte Cázarez, we knew this was the type of material we were looking for.

It literally ticked all of the boxes we were searching for…

What is Desserto?

Desserto is a highly sustainable Cactus Vegan Napa, one of the most innovative plant-based materials on the market and is often distinguished by its softness to touch. It performs exceptionally well under the most rigorous quality and environmental standards, avoids using toxic chemicals, and the cactus material is partially biodegradable.

How Is It Made? 


The Desserto team selects and cuts only the mature leaves of the cactus plant without damaging the cactus itself, allows the rest of the plant to grow, and enables repeated harvesting from the same plant.


No irrigation system is used as the cactus grows naturally with rain water and rich earth minerals. So the plant does not require a lot of water at all!


Once harvested, the cactus dries under the sun, which means there’s no additional energy used in the drying process and it also absorbs Carbon Dioxide.


The remaining organic cactus material that isn’t used is exported and sold nationally in the food industry.

The majority of our M89’ Polar Cactus Sneaker is made from Cactus harvested by the Desserto team.

Of course there are many other elements involved in the making up of the sneaker, like the laces, lining and sole, which use other certified organic materials, check out the other elements below.

Other Elements of the Sneaker


100% bamboo


Certified organic cotton


60% recycled thermoplastics recovered from the automotive factories, 40% PU foam and 100% organic cotton cover


30% natural and 70% synthetic rubber mix


Recycled box and paper / plastic free & fully biodegradable bag

So, when searching for your next pair of SAYE Sneakers, we invite you to look a little deeper than the colour, price and style, and feel the love and energy that has been put into every inch of this beautiful sneaker.

You can get your hands on your own pair of M'89 Polar Cactus here:


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