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

Saucony Jazz Low Pro Vegan Navy Mens Saucony Bullet Vegan Black Mens

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.

Overview:

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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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 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.

Available at Osiris.


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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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Dr. Martens Alfie Boot

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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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