Category Archives: Dress Shoes

Charlie Butler

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Hey everyone, today we are excited to announce the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for Charlie Butler, an Australian (re-brand) that makes cruelty-free, hand made, comfortable work shoes.

Charlie Butler is trying to solve a problem that bothers people all over the world – where can I get shoes I can wear to work that are look good in the office and don’t kill your feet?  This question is especially pressing nowadays, when there is such a thin line between what is professional and casual.  There are different ways you can approach this, such as making a sneaker like the Wills Sneaker Boot.   Or you can go with more of a boot look such as Charlie Butler.  While the uppers look and feel like your traditional wingtip or oxford, the shape and sole of it distinctly feel crafted like an actual work boot.  The roomy, boxy toe and the sole is thick rubber with large grooves.  Comfortable and long lasting, but not exactly the low profile that is customary with dress shoes.

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Vegan Shoe Policies 2015 by Vegan8

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Hello internet people, we are very sorry we have been on hiatus for so long.  We had some offline stuff to take care of which stole away precious time to continue our work on VK.  But we’re back and we have a good one for you today.  Many of you have checked out the site by Vegan8, and especially his shoe surveys which lays out very simply which shoe companies offer vegan shoes.  We learned recently that he completed his 2015 survey, so we wanted to share that with you as soon as possible.  In addition to sharing his site, we wanted to re-post his table here, but annotated with some of our comments.  Don’t forget to click on the brand links – Vegan8 has provided additional information, including the exact correspondence and links to the relevant site within the company.

We’d also like to add that this is a great reference but it is by no means comprehensive.  This entire site isn’t either but it can be used as one big resource for finding various companies policies.  We find that the best way to do so is to browse by tags, or by search.  Some of our information is dated but feel free to email or comment if you have any particular questions.  Thanks again for visiting and keeping this site going – we are psyched that so many people around the world are going cruelty free!

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Beyond Skin Bridal Collection

Beyond Skin Bridal Collection

Hello sweet world!  Today we say a refrain that has been uttered far too many times in the past on this site – better late than never…  Wedding season is well underway, but maybe some of you are looking for that perfect shoe for a big day in August or even the fall.  Whether you are the bride, bridesmaid, or you just like some classy shoes, Beyond Skin has got you covered.  See below for more words (theirs) and pictures of these vintage inspired shoe collection for the ethical bride (or non-bride).

Available at Beyond Skin.

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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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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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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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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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