Freewaters Falliday 2014 Roundup

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Summer’s not over yet!  OK, for us here in New York City, yes.  But in some places, it’s warm all year round (#jealousy).  In some of these locales, it might even be appropriate to wear sandals 365.  In honor of these magical places and lucky people, we present Freewaters fall and winter collection, vegan edition.  For those of you who are more interested in harsh fall and winter conditions, stay tuned.  [For those TL;DR, scroll down for the pictures!]

Freewaters is a surfer brand that specializes in flip flops, and also has a small but growing shoe line.  They’re about that laid back lifestyle as much as they serious about their sandals.  These ain’t your grandpa’s $5 flea market joints. Each one features some kind of design innovation, such as the Therm-a-Rest footbed or Sponge Lite Chassis.  They also use interesting materials such as cork and hydro leather (synthetic, water resistant).  We have no idea what’s going on with that, but the end result is that they sure do look comfy.  We here at VK, also known as the flat feet collective, are also genuinely excited that a lot of these provide noticeable arch support.

But wait, you may be asking yourself, why would I want to spend upwards of $30 on a pair of flip flops?  Well there are a number of reasons why you may want to invest in a nicer pair.  First, as mentioned above, comfort.  If you’re going to spend, you might as well get a cushy pair, especially if you wear them regularly.  Second, can you say lifetime guarantee?  Yes, Freewaters wants you to wear these for life.  Just send them a picture of your damaged shoes and they’ll replace them.

So being that you are here you know we are only going to show your the cruelty free models, and it is unfortunate that they still use leather on a bunch of their shoes.  But apart from that we’re excited to support Freewaters because of their charitable work.  Notably, each pair of shoes purchased supports their clean drinking water projects.  1% of gross sales go directly to fund water projects: 20 wells dug to date and more to come!  For more info on this, click here.

For those looking to shop, check out the Freewaters store or the Zappos Freewaters Page.

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Esprit Vegan Trainers Roundup

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This has probably made the rounds already, but we wanted to highlight the new vegan trainers from Esprit.  Comprised of several models of women’s sneakers (it’s what we call them in the US), these are currently available only in the UK and EU.  Esprit has made them out of eco-friendly (whatever that is) synthetic leather that appears to be some really nice suede like material.  They even got PETA to endorse them!  If you’re in an actual physical store, you can easily spot them because they got a big ole’ VEGAN tag on them.  Love that they’re not scared to be throwing it around like that.  Then again, this is Europe, as a cynical American I’m expecting you guys to be a few steps ahead of us.  Let’s just hope that, contrary to the name, Esprit doesn’t think that compassion and cruelty free products are part of a trend.  Or, if this is all a trend, that it’s a growing one that will continue to grow until it’s the standard.

Click down for all the pics.  For the UK page, click here.  For the EU page, click here.  Have at it ladies!


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Vegan Shoe Policies 2014 by Vegan8

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So last time we did a little post on Vegan8‘s spectacular list on shoe companies and their vegan friendly policies, we didn’t have any images to go with it.  So we thought that this sweet tattoo art by Just Vegan was apropos.  Love and kindness towards all living things… those little birds approve.  Just need some footwear to go with this…  Next time!

The main event is below, with quite a long list of labels and their vegan friendly policies.  This list is geared towards runners and those looking for some performance athletic footwear.  Thank you Vegan8, we are very grateful for your efforts :).  Thanks and please leave comments if you notice any errors.

Also, for description of definitions used, please refer to Vegan8’s website here.


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Saucony Roundup August 2014

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Just wanted to give you a quick pic list of the vegan shoes currently offered by Saucony.  Many of you are familiar with the Jazz Low Pro and the Bullet, which have been offered in animal friendly colorways for quite a few years now.  Just make sure you get the ones that say “vegan.”  Contrary to some stuff we’ve seen on social media, these were verified by a rep to be the only models that Saucony offers which are completely vegan.  It may be different outside of America.  If that’s the case, let us know.  Until then, here are the colorways currently offered by Saucony.  Enjoy!

For a quick link to the vegan page on Saucony click here.  Keep scrolling down for additional women’s colorways.


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Velo City Roll Top Bag Review

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A few weeks ago, we had the great fortune of getting hooked up with a sweet Roll Top from our friends at Velo City Bags. This Salt Lake City based brand makes messenger bags, backpacks, and bicycle accessories, and everything is handmade in the US and 100% vegan. We spent some quality time with our Roll Top (small, custom colors) and here’s what we found.

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For those who are thinking TL;DR, don’t bother scrolling down. We were very impressed with this bag. It is high quality, practical, and stylish. The materials are built to last, and it has a ton of storage. The design is minimal, but there are a lot of add-ons. One of our favorite features is the vinyl lined main compartment, which makes it waterproof and easy to clean. We also loved how the bag is so customizable, especially the colors. If you want a long lasting bag that holds a lot of stuff, we would definitely recommend. I’ve already replaced my old bag with this one and I don’t think I’ll be needing another for years to come.

Links: Velo City main pageRoll Top pageInstagram.

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Vegan Shop Up New York City July 2014

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I spot some Brave Gentleman, Novacas, and Vegetarian Shoes

Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties we lost the content of our last post.  You know that feeling when you’re working on a paper or something on Word and you forget to hit save, and your computer crashes?  Well, this is maybe not that dramatic but nevertheless it’s one of those ARGH moments.

This is a re-do, it’s not going to have all the stuff that we originally put up, but we’ll try our best.  We went to the July Vegan Shop Up at  Moo Shoes in New York, and it was great.  We met a bunch of cool people, saw some new vegan shoes, and ate a bunch of great food.  Here’s some of what we saw!


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Summer in the City 2014

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A few weeks ago, we shot some really great photos out by the Bridge.  Finally putting them up!  We were so lucky to get hooked up with amazing clothes from our friends at Three Leaves.  And we’re thrilled to show off all this great stuff.  Unfortunately, I had to model some of the shoes, so you’ll have to subjected to my ashy ankles.

Pictured above are the Veja Mediterranee (Camel White) and Taua (California Blood).  As we wrote in our preview, Veja uses organic cotton canvas, rubber from rubber trees (not synthetic), and fair trade labor.  OF course these are vegan.

For more photos, check out the full blog post at Three Leaves.  For more info on products, click on images.


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Vegan Vans Update July 2014

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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 vanscustserv@vfc.com.  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

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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.

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Veja Taua & Mediterranee

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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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