Vegan Vans Update July 2014

Vans Authentic Black

Vans Classic Authentic Black

New Vans vegan list!  Well, there’s not a whole lot new here.  It is pretty much the same as the last time we did this, but we thought we would give an update in case anyone was wondering, or for people new to the site.  As in the past, Vans has a decent selection of vegan shoes, but is still entirely arbitrary and confusing.  Why aren’t all the canvas models animal free?

Here’s the List:

Classic Authentic (Canvas Only)
Classic Era (Canvas Only)
Classic Slip-on  (Canvas Only)
Classic Zapato Del Barco (Canvas Only)
Zapato Lo Pro (Canvas Only)
Classic 106 Vulc (Canvas Only)
KVD (Canvas Only)

Custom Slip-on, Era & 106 Vulcanized (the Custom Old Skool is NOT vegan)

Old Skool Vegan (only if it states Vegan)
Sk8-Hi (True White colorway Only)
Rowley 99′s – (Black/Synthetic Only) – Limited Edition

Also, they may have additional styles available that would be Vegan-Friendly.  If you’re interested in a specific style not listed here, feel free to contact them at  They are pretty responsive.

We were also contacted by a third-party telling us that Vans was going to launch a fully dedicated vegan and eco-friendly page on their site.  This was in May.  We still haven’t seen it, but when it does publish, we’ll spread the word.

Another interesting development, and many of you may have seen this already, is the Vans x ASPCA collaboration.  This pack features the Sk8 Hi, Authentic, and Slip on with collage cat and dog prints all over.  While our initial feelings were positive, the more we looked into it the more troubled we were by the whole thing.  First, the Sk8 Hi is most definitely NOT vegan, as it is suede (the Authentic and Slip On in this case are).  That they didn’t think about this shows the cognitive dissonance that inflicts mainstream animal ethics.  We see stuff like this, where people flaunt their obsession and support for certain animals, wear the dead skin of others at the same time, and not see the moral dilemma with that.  Second, there is no evidence that Vans is in any way donating any profits off the sale of the shoe to ASPCA!  What good are you doing, besides spreading “awareness”?  The cynic within us says profits first and last.  While it is all well and good to spread positive messages through commerce, it is another thing to blatantly profit off the imagery of animals without putting any real money behind it.  Just saying.  But hey, it’s cats and dogs on shoes, and people love that shit, including us.

We like Vans, but we also like Keep.  All their shoes are vegan, and they have cats and dog shoes as well.

So without further ado, here are the shoes!

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Osiris Caswell VLC

Osiris Caswell VLC 2


Some of you have mentioned Osiris as a shoe company that we should feature, and man did we take a long time to get around to it.  Finally we have something, and it is the Caswell VLC.  This one is not setting the world on fire, but it is pretty clean and functional.  The upper is canvas, the sole is vulcanized rubber.  The toe cap is one large piece with little exposed stitching.

Also note that not all colorways are veganThe following are: Black/White/Dye, Blue/Berry/White, Black/White, Navy/White/Yellow.

Source: Vegan Skate Blog.

Available at Osiris.

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Veja Taua & Mediterranee

Veja Taua California Blood Veja Mediterranee Camel White

And we’re back!  What better way to embrace the summer and the World Cup than some fresh kicks from Veja?  Made sustainably and in fair trade conditions, the vegan Taua and Mediterranee show that there’s more to Brazil than Futbol and Samba.  We’ve already featured these, but we like them so much that we had to bring them back.  Plus we finally got on Instagram and had to put up some of the dope pictures we took of them in the wild.  There’s so much to like about these shoes – the cotton is organic, and the rubber is actual rubber from the tree (not the synthetic kind that is cheaper but petroleum based).  Oh, and they are dope, with simple clean lines and low profiles.

These two vegan models are available at Three Leaves (with some colorways on sale).  Be careful though, not all the Veja shoes you might see elsewhere are vegan.  This is unfortunate as we wish they would take into account the serious ethical and environmental concerns with raising and slaughtering cattle and using their skin for leather.  Hopefully, companies like this will see the error in their ways and go full vegan in the future.  Until then we believe it is important to support these progressive businesses for taking the risk and actually making animal and environmentally friendly products.

More pics after the jump!

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Dr. Martens Alfie Boot

Doc Martens Alfie Black

We here at VK know that summer is in full swing (almost) and most of you who are experiencing some nice, warm weather want to kick off your socks and wear nothing but boat shoes and flip flops for the next three months.  Boots are probably the last thing on your wish list.  But we couldn’t resist when we saw the Dr. Martens Alfie Boot.  We’ve already featured the classic 8 Eye Boot and 3 Eye Gibson.  And we like what they’ve done with the Alfie Boot because it’s sleeker and more toned down, but it’s still unmistakeably Doc Martens.  Also, nice touch pairing the black canvas with gum sole.  Grab these now, to hell with conventional summer style!

Available in black and red at Zappos, and grey at Urban Outfitters.

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Keep Hemp Pack

Keep Benten Hemp

Wow, it’s been almost a month since my last confession.  I must repent.  Seriously, I am really sorry for the long hiatus.  I pledge to be more diligent on the vegan shoe vine.  As spring finally arrives, there should be no shortage of kicks to preview.  Here’s a quick hitter:

Keep’s Hemp Pack features sustainably grown, pesticide free unbleached hemp uppers with natural gum sole.  Personally, I would have preferred a darker brown sole, but the overall lightness of it would be diminished I suppose.  The hemp pack features three models, pictured above and below: the Shaheen, Benten, and Homer.

Available here at Keep.

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Clae Strayhorn Textile

Clae Strayhorn Textile Silt

Clae Strayhorn Textile Black

Hello all, we are sorry for the prolonged absence.  We hope that you’ve been able to find some good vegan shoes despite our dereliction of duties.  Today we have a very nice update.  Clae has had virtually no animal friendly offerings in the past, but the Strayhorn Textile is a good start.  The textured canvas upper comes in two colorways – silt and black with gum sole.  The heel tab and pull strap is synthetic leather.  The style is not unique, but is still pretty timeless.  A slim mid canvas chukka is a great staple in any sneaker collection.

Available at Zappos for $95.

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Three Leaves Spring 2014 Lookbook + Etnies Dapper + 30% DISCOUNT CODE!

Three Leaves Look Book Spring 2014 #2

Our friends at Three Leaves have released their Lookbook for Spring 2014, and as usual there are some great finds there.  Check it out, there is an excellent assortment of stylish tees, button downs, shorts, and lightweight jackets.  As always, Three Leaves products are all either fair trade, vegan, environmentally friendly, or all of the above.

In addition to the vegan shoes they already have, Three Leaves recently got in several colorways to the Etnies Dapper, pictured below in black and multicolor.  We here at VK are always fans of skate shoes and Etnies (and Emerica) are at the top of our list.  These Dapper shoes are made in a pretty similar mold to the Vans Authentic with a slim low profile, but we dig the black on black sole, and the cool variegated herringbone pattern that is colorful yet not too flashy.  Plus, the Dapper is part of Etnies’ Buy a Shoe Plant a Tree Program, which is exactly what it sounds like – you buy a shoe, they plant a tree in a part of the world which really needs it.  Win win!

OH and we almost forgot to mention – COUPON CODE ALERT!!! For 30% off of all shoes at Three Leaves, enter the code VEGANKICKS.  I addition to Etnies, Three Leaves is currently carrying Veja, Novacas, and Brave Gentleman.  This coupon will only last until Friday, April 18th so get your kicks now before this huge promotion runs out!

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Vegan Shoe Policies 2013 by Vegan8

Some of you may have already seen this, but for those of you who haven’t, this is a tremendous resource.  Blogger Vegan8 did a ton of legwork to build a list of various shoe companies and obtained their vegan, animal friendly statuses.  Whoever you are, thank you!!! The result is a list of 60 companies that are classified under the following definitions:

VEGAN COMPANY: The company is Vegan, there should never be any need to doubt any of their products. These companies should be an ethical consumers first choice for our own peace of mind

ALL VEGAN: The company has stated by correspondence that all of their footwear products are Vegan. However, they do not appear to identify themselves as a Vegan company, so there is a possibility that future products will not be ethical

VEGAN OPTIONS: The company provides styles that are completely Vegan, but not all of their styles are Vegan

SYNTHETIC OPTIONS, GLUE MAY BE OF ANIMAL ORIGIN: The company provides styles that are free from animal derived ingredients, excepting (perhaps) the bonding agents. This is the one that I find most annoying, basically the company does not know (or is unwilling to back itself regarding) the type of bonding agents that are used at all times. They may vary due to season/availability/price etc. To me this is both an ethical and quality control issue. Shoe manufacturers generally market themselves as high tech and very deliberate in their materials and design. The suggestion that they are unaware of their own bonding agents, brings the companies and the industry itself into question. Footwear purchased from these manufacturers, may or may not be Vegan

SYNTHETIC OPTIONS, GLUE IS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN: The company provides styles that are free from animal derived ingredients, excepting the bonding agents, which they state are derived from animals. I have no idea why a company would choose to do this in 2013

NO VEGAN OPTIONS: The company deliberately chooses to provide no ethical footwear

AWAITING REPLY: Not enough time has passed since I made initial contact with the company, or they have responded that they are collecting the required details so that they can respond appropriately

NO REPLY: The company has been contacted at least 3 times over 3 weeks, using a variety of methods (email, contact form, facebook etc) but no reply has been received from them

UNCOOPERATIVE: The company has been contacted at least 3 times over 3 weeks, using a variety of methods (email, contact form, facebook etc) but is only willing to provide vague details or none at all. Companies in this category tend to ask why they are being questioned, by who and for what purpose. But even after responding to their questions, they continue to be uncooperative. Thankfully these companies are rare, the majority of companies in this survey have provided very good customer service.

Here are the results.  For the original page visit the Vegan8 site here.  It has the information in a better layout, and it also includes the specific responses from each companies.

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Lakai Echelon Series Spring 2014

Lakai Telford Caramel

Telford Caramel


[Thanks to Tall Mike for this intel]  Word from Lakai is that the leather in the new Echelon series is synthetic.  Info on the glue is unknown.   Note that we don’t know if these shoes are vegan, just that the leather is synthetic.  But in general, this is a good thing; we hope that in the future Lakai and others start using it more, or publicizing it.  Until then,  we have to be vigilant and figure out what is what.  So for all you out there, share intel and let us know if you find any shoes that are synthetic and/or 100% vegan.

As for the shoes, well the images more or less speak for themselves.  The Echelon series – Telford, Camby, Camby Mid, and Albany – are for casual wear.  Doesn’t look like you should be skating in these.  There are more colorways available for viewing on the Lakai site.

More pics after the jump!

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Keep Homer Kitty & Puppy Pack

Keep Homer Puppy Keep Homer Kitty

Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, or any animal person, you can’t go wrong with the newly released Homer Kitty and Puppy pack by Keep.  With the obsession people (us included) have of our pets, we’re surprised there isn’t more animal print out there in the shoe world.  Well, maybe some of you would be embarrassed.  But WE wouldn’t be afraid to let the world know of our animal love.  Besides, these prints are adorable.  Hope they continue to keep going with the animal themes.  After all, it’s not just us vegans/vegetarians who can’t get enough of these furry little guys.

The Homer Kitty and/or Puppy available at Keep.