Vegan Shoe Policies 2013 by Vegan8

Some of you may have already seen this, but for those of you who haven’t, this is a tremendous resource.  Blogger Vegan8 did a ton of legwork to build a list of various shoe companies and obtained their vegan, animal friendly statuses.  Whoever you are, thank you!!! The result is a list of 60 companies that are classified under the following definitions:

VEGAN COMPANY: The company is Vegan, there should never be any need to doubt any of their products. These companies should be an ethical consumers first choice for our own peace of mind

ALL VEGAN: The company has stated by correspondence that all of their footwear products are Vegan. However, they do not appear to identify themselves as a Vegan company, so there is a possibility that future products will not be ethical

VEGAN OPTIONS: The company provides styles that are completely Vegan, but not all of their styles are Vegan

SYNTHETIC OPTIONS, GLUE MAY BE OF ANIMAL ORIGIN: The company provides styles that are free from animal derived ingredients, excepting (perhaps) the bonding agents. This is the one that I find most annoying, basically the company does not know (or is unwilling to back itself regarding) the type of bonding agents that are used at all times. They may vary due to season/availability/price etc. To me this is both an ethical and quality control issue. Shoe manufacturers generally market themselves as high tech and very deliberate in their materials and design. The suggestion that they are unaware of their own bonding agents, brings the companies and the industry itself into question. Footwear purchased from these manufacturers, may or may not be Vegan

SYNTHETIC OPTIONS, GLUE IS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN: The company provides styles that are free from animal derived ingredients, excepting the bonding agents, which they state are derived from animals. I have no idea why a company would choose to do this in 2013

NO VEGAN OPTIONS: The company deliberately chooses to provide no ethical footwear

AWAITING REPLY: Not enough time has passed since I made initial contact with the company, or they have responded that they are collecting the required details so that they can respond appropriately

NO REPLY: The company has been contacted at least 3 times over 3 weeks, using a variety of methods (email, contact form, facebook etc) but no reply has been received from them

UNCOOPERATIVE: The company has been contacted at least 3 times over 3 weeks, using a variety of methods (email, contact form, facebook etc) but is only willing to provide vague details or none at all. Companies in this category tend to ask why they are being questioned, by who and for what purpose. But even after responding to their questions, they continue to be uncooperative. Thankfully these companies are rare, the majority of companies in this survey have provided very good customer service.

Here are the results.  For the original page visit the Vegan8 site here.  It has the information in a better layout, and it also includes the specific responses from each companies.

Ahnu Vegan options
Adidas no reply
Asics Vegan options
Asolo uncooperative
Avia Vegan options
Berghaus Vegan options
Brooks Vegan options
Columbia No Vegan options
Converse Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Diadora Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Eco Vegan Shoes Vegan company
Emerica no reply
Ethletic All Vegan
Etonic Shoes uncooperative
Fila Vegan options
Five Ten Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Garmont no reply
Gravis Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Hi-tec Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Hoka One One Synthetic options, glue is of animal origin
Inov-8 All Vegan
Ipath Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
J-41 Vegan options
Jambu Vegan options
Kalso Vegan options
Keds Vegan options
Keens Vegan options
Keep All Vegan
K-Swiss uncooperative
La Sportiva Vegan options
Lotto Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Macbeth Vegan options
Merrell Vegan options
Mizuno Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Montrail No Vegan options
Movmt Vegan options
New Balance Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Newton Running All Vegan
Nike Synthetic options, glue is of animal origin
Patagonia Vegan options
Pearl Izumi All Vegan
Puma Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Reebok Vegan options
Salomon Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Sanuk Vegan options
Saucony Vegan options
Seavees Vegan options
Skechers Synthetic options, glue may be of animal origin
Superga Vegan options
Teva Vegan options
Unstitched Utilities All Vegan
Vans Vegan options
Vasque No Vegan options
Vegetarian Shoes Vegan company
Vibramfivefingers Vegan options
Victoria Vegan options
Vivobarefoot Vegan options
Walsh Vegan options
Wicked Hemp Vegan options
Zoot All Vegan

 

8 thoughts on “Vegan Shoe Policies 2013 by Vegan8”

  1. Thank you for the kind words 🙂
    I will be conducting the survey again soon, hopefully even more companies will be producing ethical footwear this year!

  2. Thank you for taking the time to make finding vegan shoes easier. I spent a lot of time this winter trying to locate a pair of vegan shoes and spent too much money returning them. I want to do what seems right to me but find it really challenging sometimes. And then there are good, kind, thoughtful people like you who assist us along the way.
    Sandy

  3. @Caroline, who are Toms? that is why they are not on the list. I am far from aware of all manufacturers, suggestions (with links) are always welcome, the more the merrier 🙂

  4. Thank you Sandra 🙂 I needed shoes so I made the list, no doubt there are other resources around including Vegankicks.com 🙂

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