I just chanced upon this article on Alternet. It addresses some issues of outsourcing labor to China, which doesn’t exactly have stringent labor and environmental regulations. It also raises the question – how can you even know if these shoes are actually vegan?
Here Tri State Area, the big weather news is the first blizzard of the season. Right now there’s a few inches out there and it’s coming down hard. Supposed to keep going all through the night. And it seems like everything is shutting down – schools, courts, errthang. Me, I gotta be at a meeting in a few minutes. And when you live in New York, that means you don’t have the luxury of a car to shelter yourself in. You have to walk at least a little while to get to a train or bus. Most New Yorkers are well prepared for this. I see girls with either Uggs or rubber boots everywhere. I’m an idiot. I have to deal with this shit in my low top Nike Blazers. But if you ladies are looking for an interesting pair of vegan winter boots, I think you should take a look at the Keep Tatum, pictured above.
They’re made of DWR (durable water resistant) canvas, which means they probably aren’t as good as a pair of rubber boots to keep you dry. But, they will probably breathe easier, and I think canvas always looks better.
Vans keeps churning out new styles. This collection has a little bit of everything: high tops, low tops, slip ons, and boots. It also includes a various interesting colors and materials. Fortunately for us, there are a bunch in this offering that are non-leather; mostly Era and Slip-On in canvas or some kind of nylon.
Note that I am not sure whether these are vegan or not. Based on information I received from Vans, only certain models of Era and Slip-On are completely animal free. But still, canvas models guarantee that at least they are vegetarian (post on that later). So I just wanted to offer that disclaimer.
See pics below! I’ll try to update when I see these available somewhere.