Shop Shout: Ethical WARES

Today’s article is dedicated to Ethical WARES, a UK shop that’s been serving the vegan community for 21 years!  Throughout, they’ve been spreading a message of compassion and nonviolence through their various animal friendly products.  They also engage in fair trade, locally sourced manufacturers, support the Tibetan freedom movement, and run a socially conscious indie music label.   They even have room to take care of 50 animals in Caegwyn, Wales!

Ethical WARES Union Street Blue
Ethical WARES Union Street Blue

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Asics Gel Lyte III Vegan Black on Black

Now available is another great vegan option from Asics.  The Gel Lyte III in Black/Black is a classic retro runner, but this one has synthetic suede and leather uppers .  We’re excited that Asics is releasing vegan retro runners like this in addition to the Onitsuka Tiger series (on which we will update soon).  We know that these are gray and black, but monochrome photos only?   I would have preferred color images to see more accurate tones.  Oh well.

Available at Sneaker Politics.

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What We Wear: Winter Work Coats

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Nordstrom Portland Car Coat (available at Nordstrom)

I have an admission:  I wear wool.   #gasp.  I own a bunch of sweaters, ties, and coats before I made “the switch,” and I can’t bear to throw them out.  I want to replace everything, but apart from the money, it has been hard finding vegan clothes suitable for the office.  A particularly vexing issue has been trying to find a replacement for my wool overcoat.  The choice for acceptable, cruelty free winter coats is surprisingly limited, even more so than shoes.  Even if you can find a nice synthetic coat, it’s often filled with down.  I figured I can’t be the only one who is having trouble with this, so I thought this would be a good time to launch the first in a series of What We Wear – clothes you need, but have a hard time going vegan with.

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Shoe Glue

Recently, a lot of you have been asking us what the deal is with glues in shoes.  We were embarrassed to say that despite blogging about this for years, we didn’t know the answer.  We were just asking companies if they used animals in their glues without ever wondering what they were actually made out of.  And when we asked them, they were never forthcoming about it.  Well we finally reached out to PETA, a more-than-credible source on this issue, and we got a great answer.  We thought we would share their explanation with us; we hope that this information is helpful for you in your future purchases.

Note that we have also provided a handy link over here in top navigation bar.

Animal proteins like casein from milk or collagen from flesh, bones, skins, tendons, ligaments, and other body parts are used to make animal-based glues. To extract collagen from tissue, animal parts are cleaned, softened, and boiled in water to create a stock.  The stock is concentrated and impurities are removed.  Essentially the same process has been used for thousands of years to make glue. 

The use of animal ingredients in industrial glues is increasingly uncommon since a large variety of synthetic adhesives now exist, each with different applications.  These adhesives are often chosen over animal based glues because they can be produced at a constant rate and to meet specific manufacturing standards.  Synthetic adhesives can be customized to perform well for a business’s specific application and manufacturers may be hesitant to reveal trade secrets about what exactly is in their adhesives.

We encourage you to contact shoe companies directly about the type of adhesives they use. In doing so, you will be showing these companies that there is a demand for more animal-friendly materials and, ultimately, helping to change the industry. You might also consider writing to vegan shoe companies to find out what specific synthetic glues are being used and why they were selected.  Companies expect to hear from organizations like PETA, but when they hear from their customers, it sends an even stronger message—that cruelty to animals is bad for business and won’t be tolerated.

Please feel free to comment to this post, email us (vegankicks@gmail.com), or fill out a contact form in our About section if you have any further questions or comments.  Thank you!

BAIT x Saucony Vegan Shadow Original “Cruelworld”

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Saucony for the win again!  While we are a little behind on this release, we thought we needed to share this collaboration.  Here, Saucony teamed up with shop BAIT to come up with a limited release of the Shadow Original “Cruelworld”.   This model is made out of synthetic suede, canvas, hemp, and animal free glues.  Other nice touches include the cork footbed, speckled outsole, and a sweet tongue tag that announces “no animal products, byproducts, or derivatives” were used in making this sneaker.  We are even reading that the factories making this shoe are being monitored for fair working conditions.  F*ck yeah!

Not only is this collaboration kind to critters, it is promoting non-violence generally.  BAIT will be taking (have taken) a portion of these proceeds and donated them to A Place Called Home, a nonprofit youth center in LA.  We are very excited about all things this shoe, not least because it looks dope.  It’s been a while since we’ve seen something like this around these parts, so it’s definitely something to celebrate.

The only bummer is… the limited release came and went already.  Apparently, it was only available by raffle, which ended on November 25.  We have no further info whether there will be an additional release.  We will follow up with BAIT, and if anyone else has intel, please share in the comments section.  Until then, enjoy the photos (courtesy of Nice Kicks).

UPDATE 1/27/15: We contacted BAIT and they said the only shoes available are on pickyourshoes.com.  We checked and there are a lot of Asics Gel Lyte III colorways, but it doesn’t look like this one is available. 

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The White Pariah Shop Vegan Oxford

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A quick hit for today.  Sorry for not coming up with the goods lately.  Hopefully the 2015 will bring more time and energy for VK!  Here was have a Vegan Oxford by The White Pariah Shop based in Bangkok, Thailand.   The upper is made out of canvas, the sole rubber and the heel wood.  Each pair is handmade to order, so you can actually request the canvas be dyed a certain color.  Not for winter, these are for you (lucky) guys who are south of the equator this time of year.

Available at the White Pariah Shop on Etsy.

Beyond Skin Alice

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Beyond Skin, a high end ladies’ vegan shoe label, teamed up with PETA earlier this year to sponsor a design competition for the next big model in their lineup.  Just in time for your fancy New Year’s party, the winning shoe is now available for the masses.

The Alice, named in honor of its designer, fashion student Alice Lambert-Gorwyn, can be seen above.  Alice’s shoe is handmade in Spain from 100% vegan microfiber suede and a faux-reptile-print polyurethane – both sourced from Italy.  Even better, 10% of the pre-tax profits from each sale will be donated to PETA’s campaigns for animals.

The Alice is available at Beyond Skin, starting December 22.  If the Alice isn’t your style, they’ll be having a big sale on Christmas Eve, so check them out next week!

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Winter Boot 2014 Roundup Part 2

Brave Gentleman Visionary Boot

Visionary Boot by Brave Gentleman, available at Vegan Chic

Here’s part 2 of our 2014 winter boot find.  This time around, we are emphasizing form over function.  We have no expectations regarding the warmth or water resistance of any of the dressier looking boots.  Most of them look seem they can handle some rain and some minor snow.  But a lot of these we wouldn’t advise using for real bad days.  We hope that between our two posts that you find something that is suitable to your needs.  Enjoy!

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Winter Boot Roundup 2014 Part 1

Winter is here, so best make sure you’re ready for the elements.  We have put forth a variety of vegan boots here, from the functional to not so functional, warm and insulated to thin uppers.  Some are just on here because well it’s an excuse to buy a pair of boots.  But we found so many on our first sweep that we have to break it up into two articles.  This is a good thing, there’s more out there than ever before for the animal friendly shopper.  We hope that there’s something here for everyone.  Happy viewing and stay tuned next week for Part 2!

MEN’S

Native Fitzsimmons Jiffy Black Pumpkin Orange

Native Fitzsimmons

Native Jimmy Regatta Blue Rocky Brown

Native Jimmy

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