On The Trail

Five Ten Guide Tennie Canvas Grey
Five Ten Guide Tennie Canvas Grey

It’s summertime, which means it’s time to hit the beach… or not.  Some of us prefer to enjoy the warm weather by getting out in the woods, desert, or mountains.  Hey, whatever is your bag, we got something for you.  We are especially excited to bring you this selection of vegan hiking boots, since we’ve never done it before.  So here they are.  We are leaving out all the other details, since there are so many features, most of which I don’t even know means what.  Click on the links for more info.

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Wills City Derbys Black

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Photos by Jason Peralta, Ink and Pixel

We were lucky enough to get our hands on another pair of Wills Vegan Shoes, and we took the these pair for a spin.  We found a quiet little alley near a famous park in Greenwich Village and snapped a few photos.  One of the best things about this city is discovering its hushed side streets – this one was tucked away in the middle of the busiest neighborhoods.

Our model is wearing the City Derbys in Black.  We were drawn to these because of their versatility; we could see them being worn to work or with more formal attire.   You can’t go wrong pairing them with a dark suit.  The silhouette is a touch on the formal side – the toe box is pointier than we would prefer, and we think that may not go so well with certain outfits.  And they’re not quite formal enough to wear with a tux, though you may be able to pull it off.

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Luca Chiara

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Bags (Alfonso, Alberto), Wallets (Damiano, Luigi)

Today we are featuring Luca Chiara, an Italian inspired, vegan shoe and bag label.   Founded over 100 years ago, the owner’s great great grandfather opened a shoe store in Italy, then in the US.  It was reborn recently in the New York City and Hudson Valley area as an environmentally conscious and animal friendly brand.

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Matt & Nat Men’s Spring Summer 2015 Roundup

Matt & Nat The Paxx 1
Paxx
Matt & Natt Artigan 1
Artigan

Today we have 2015 spring and summer lineup of bags and wallets for men by Matt & Nat.  This Montreal based vegan bag label is known for its high end, sophisticated offerings, and this season does not disappoint.  Their stuff is beautiful and functional – not for everyone, but perfect for those seeking a certain look.

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Native Shoes Roundup Spring Summer 2015

Native Shoes Apollo Moc Torch Red Shell White
Native Shoes Apollo Moc Torch Red Shell White

To continue our parade of company roundups, today we are presenting the spring and summer offerings of Native Shoes – your favorite not Croc brand!  Sorry, had to say it.  We haven’t given Native much love here and we totally missed the boat.  They really went out their and expanded their lineup.  And we are totally in love with the Apollo Moc; where did that come from?!  We are so upset about not being able to wear the Nike Roshe Run, but this shoe is making us feel a whole lot better about that.

Of course, we feel really good that Native is totally vegan – all of their shoes are “beast free.”  Rather than using even canvas or other popular synthetics, these are molded out of EVA, or that spongy stuff that is used in most sneaker soles.  Even better, Native strives to be environmentally responsible, by using a low emissions manufacturing process and recyclable packing materials.  Just a lot of all around goodness going on around here!

For more info, you can check out Native’s site, or the Zappos page (all of the shoes below are available on either site).

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Women’s Sandals Spring/Summer 2015 Roundup

Freewaters Tropea Print White Hawaii Print
Freewaters Tropea Print White Hawaii Print

It’s that time of year!   We love it when it’s warm enough out to bare our feet.  Okay, maybe not ours.  Or men as a whole, actually.  Today we’re throwing out some vegan options for the fairer gender we often leave out here.  Plus, the selection is way better – we were very pleased to see so many styles and colors.  Here are some of our picks.  We hope you like!

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Emerica Roundup Spring 2015

Wino Atiba Black Gold
Wino Atiba Black Gold

We have another periodic update on Emerica and their vegan  offerings.  For spring 2015, they have a total of five different shoes available, including two colorways for the Wino.  It looks like two shoes are actually skateable – the Herman G6 Vulc and the Westgate Cruiser.   The others are for chillin’ only, especially the flamingo themed Troubadour.

Click here for Emerica’s “animal friendly” page.

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Pigeon Shoes Explorer

 

Pigeon Explorer City (white sole)
Pigeon Shoes Explorer City (white sole)

Today we are excited to feature the Pigeon Shoes, an Australian brand launching their Explorer model via Kickstarter (campaign ending April 14, 2015).    This is a casually dressy shoe, wearable to work but comfy enough to play in a pickup soccer game on the way home.  We have seen some variations of this concept, most notably in sneaker hybrid Cole Haan Lunarglide.  Just as we’re seeing sneakers turn up, the dress shoe archetypes are being bended towards the more practical needs of everyday wear.  Fortunately for us now, we have another vegan option!

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