Vogas Dusk Sendas High

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Hello VK nation! It’s taken forever but the weather is finally turning around here in New York.  And now is the perfect time to give a big shout out to Vogas Barcelona.  We ran into Vogas at the Renegade Craft Fair a while back, and they were so generous as to hook us up with a pair of their dope espadrilles.  Since it was November back then, we put these on ice.  When it was right, we took them out for a spin.  Click below for more photos.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

Mother’s Day is almost here, and odds are, you haven’t found a gift for her yet. Don’t worry, Vegan Kicks has you covered with our 2016 Mother’s Day gift guide. 

Taza Chocolate

Every mother loves chocolate, right? Direct from their website: “Taza Chocolate is 100% Certified USDA Organic, Direct Trade, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and Non-GMO Project Verified. All of our products are also dairy free, soy free, and vegan.”Perfectly_Unrefined-giftbox_large

LUSH

The perfect gift to help mom relax, Lush cosmetics and relaxation  products are 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals. All of their vegan  products are marked with a small “v,” and they even offer a variety of pre-wrapped gifts just for Mother’s Day!

06689_bMrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

Is keeping a sparkling and tidy house your mom’s pride and joy?  Mrs. Meyer’s makes all of the essential cleaning products for the home and body. Their products contain no animal ingredients and are never tested on animals.lavender-cleaning-gift-set

Vegan Candles

The classic Mother’s Day gift. Every mom pretty much expects a candle on Mother’s Day, so don’t let her down, just make sure it’s vegan! Vegan Candles are available from brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, GoodLight, and The Honest Co.basil-scented-soy-candle-large

Friendship Collar

For the mom who pampers her four-legged friends now that the kids are out of the house. Get a bracelet for your mom and a matching collar for her furry companion. Friendship collars are made from vegan leather and come in a variety of patterns and sizes for both dogs and cats.FriendshipCollar-Dotty-About-You-Lifestyle-01

Wills Backpack

Wills Backpack

Wills does it again!  Pictured above is their new unisex Backpack.   Made with pebble grain faux leather, this stylish bag looks right at home next to something from Matt and Nat.  But we really dig the simplicity and versatility of this one more than any other faux leather bag we’ve seen .  As with all Wills products, this is 100% vegan and ethically made in Portugal.  It has a front organizer compartment and two interior compartments.  We love that the inside is waterproof, in a dope contrast red color.  If you’re toting around a laptop, they got you too – this bag fits up to 14″ machines.

Available at Wills for $122 (click on link to site for more pictures too)

Vegan Kicks X Good Guys Instagram Giveaway!

Sorry for the lack of content lately, but hey, the best things are worth waiting for, right? In support of this statement, we’re proud to announce that Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather were generous enough to offer a giveaway!

To enter, simply post a picture to Instagram with hashtag #vegankicksgoodguys OR follow @goodguys and send a DM to @vegankicks, just be sure to mention the style and size you’d like to win.

We will be giving away one men’s and one women’s style of the winner’s choice, browse the Good Guys E-Shop to see what’s available!

TOMS Mens Roundup Spring 2016

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Grey Angular Embroidery Men’s Del Rey Sneakers

Recently, TOMS was awarded the Compassionate Business Award by PETA.  But you say, TOMS isn’t even a vegan company?!  They sell a lot of leather shoes! That’s exactly what we were thinking.  PETA says “companies like TOMS are stepping up with vegan shoes and accessories to keep you cruelty-free from head to toe.”  We were a little skeptical so we hopped on over to TOMS site and we were pleasantly surprised by their expanded collection of animal-friendly products.  Before, they only had a few colorways of their now ubiquitous espadrille.  Now they have a few different lace up sneakers and even a flip flop.

While we are still waiting for the day this undoubtedly good intentioned company goes fully cruelty free, we are comfortable sharing their current men’s vegan selection as of spring 2016.  Womens’ styles to come in a separate post.  Note that we are not showing all available colorways.  For that, go here.

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Vegan Athlete: Vegan Running Shoes by On

Though many people may not have heard of Swiss brand On, they offer some of the best running shoes on the market. All On shoes are 100% vegan and built from the ground up with their Cloud cushion technology. A name like “Cloud” comes with some lofty expectations, but we here at Vegan Kicks promise they will not disappoint. Whether you run several miles a day or spend a lot of time on your feet at work, the cloud technology offers tremendous cushion and support.

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On Cloud in Orange/Fire

On offers several different models and a wide variety of colors, with options for those interested in bright, flashy shoes as well as those who prefer sticking to the basics.

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On Cloudsurfer in Neon/Grey

On shoes are available online at Zappos, On, and Amazon, and may be available at a store near you.

Read more to see more style and color offerings from On.

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Vegan Athlete: Baseball Gloves by Carpenter Trade

Baseball season is approaching fast, and there is no better time than now for vegan athletes to gear up for the coming season. Don’t want to stick your hand in a leather glove? Don’t worry, Vegan kicks has an option for you: Carpenter Trade, makers of the one and only 100% vegan baseball glove on the market.Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.34.22 AM

Each Carpenter Trade glove is custom-made to fit the specifications of the wearer and the measurements of his (or her) hand. They are lighter and stronger than traditional leather gloves, offering numerous performance advantages to those seeking an edge over the competition. Carpenter Trade gloves are now worn by many minor league players and can be seen in the Baseball Hall of Fame, after becoming the first synthetic glove used in a Major League game.

Scott Carpenter, the man behind the magical microfiber, was kind enough to take time to answer a few of our questions.

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Saucony Shadow

Saucony Shadow Grey
Saucony Shadow Grey
Saucony Shadow Black
Saucony Shadow Black

We got another vegan offering from our friends from Saucony.  Previously we featured a limited collection with BAIT, but now it appears that the Shadow is available in two cruelty free colorways.  Uppers are all canvas, like the Jazz Low Pro and Bullet.  They’re all good, hopefully Saucony will continue to expand their vegan shoe repertoire!

Both colorways (black and grey) – are available at Zappos.

Q & A with Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

 

Vegan Kicks recently had the pleasure of chatting with Marion Hanania, creator of vegan shoe brand Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather. If you are not familiar with Good Guys, you should definitely check them out. They offer a wide variety of fashionable shoes for men and women, all vegan and sweatshop free. They are a “PETA Approved Vegan” company and have received multiple awards from PETA for their good work – “Best Mens Shoes” and “Vegan Brand to Keep An Eye On in 2015.”

Without further ado, Marion:

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Winter Boots 2016

Native Jimmy Winter Grey (unisex)
Native Jimmy Winter Grey (unisex)

Well, winter is here, isn’t it?  The timing of this post is not coincidental.  SNOWZILLAGEDDON has blanketed much of the east coast with a huge amount of snow and it’s a major wake up call to a lot of us, who are now looking out our windows and seeing a nice thick white carpet covering everything.  Now comes the fun part – shoveling our driveways, digging out our cars, or trudging through the grey mush that will fill our streets for the next week.  We all need to be prepared, and fear not, readers – vegan winter boot options are plentiful.   See below for a few tasty selections sure to keep your feet warm and dry.

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