Unstitched Utilities Interview

Unstitched Utilities Next Day QT High Black

For the second installment of our Unstitched Utitilities feature, we had the pleasure of talking with co-founder Jack Steinweis for the scoop on how it all began, their use of vegan materials, and plans for thefuture.  We’ve also put together some more photos of their Next Day Hi QT in Black.  Enjoy! [You can find our previous post here]


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Wills Desert Boot and Faux Suede Derby

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We were able to get our hands on a couple of Wills vegan shoes on a recent trip we took to Maine.  Pictured here are the Faux Suede Derby in grey and Desert Boot in brown.  This will be our first installment, stay tuned for more photos and an in depth profile coming up!


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Faux Moccs

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Babies (and toddlers)!  We all love them.  And we’ve all been one.  They need shoes too.  But you want to keep their feet free of leather and other undesirables.  Your dilemma is now over.  Introducing Faux Moccs (pronounced FOX MOX), a vegan and environmentally friendly baby shoe company, made in the USA.

“When I learned about the cruelty that went into animal farming, there was no way I could justify NOT going vegan. I threw out every piece of leather I owned, but I was heartbroken at the idea of parting with my moccasins” says Kortney, the founder of Faux Moccs.   “Fast forward several years and I wanted moccasins for my son, a soft soled shoe to protect his feet, while still allowing them to move the way nature intended. There are tons of companies that make baby moccasins, but I couldn’t find a version that was not either leather or vinyl. I knew there were other people in the same boat so this is how Faux Moccs was born.”

Faux Moccs - Cruelty Free Vegan

There’s a whole lot to like about these little booties.  Of course, they are completely vegan, made out of 100% nylon or polyester fiber.  They are free of vinyl, PVC, vinyl, or plasticizers, while still managing to be breathable and water resistant.  They’re durable and easy to clean.  And they’re available in just about every color combo imaginable.  Get a pair for your little one, or for someone else’s little one!

Visit Faux Moccs for more moccasins, tees, bags, and even pillow dolls!  Click below for more pics.


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Unstitched Utilities Fall 2014

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Next Day Low Navy Burgundy

We’ve featured Unstitched Utilities before, but we were very excited to finally get our hands on some!  We came away very impressed with the look, feel, and comfort of all three models we wore: the Next Day Low in navy burgundy, Next Day Hi QT Black, and Gusto navy. Click down for more!


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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

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.

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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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