Category Archives: Vegan Shoes

Charlize Theron X TOMS Shoes

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Toms Shoes has teamed up with the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project on a limited-edition shoe, is now available on the shoe brand’s Website.

Co-designed by actress Charlize Theron, the unisex shoe is made from vegan materials  and was inspired by the baobab tree, whose silhouette is embroidered on blue and orange canvas. A portion of the proceeds from each pair will go directly to the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, which provides education about the need to provide sustainable health, education and recreational resources to remote areas with high rates of HIV/AIDS.

“I’m thrilled to have Toms Shoes as a partner,” said Theron in a statement. “We are so grateful for their generous donation of shoes to the students that we work with. They are passionate about the kids and have been incredibly supportive of the work of the Africa Outreach Project. It’s exciting that we’re able to come together in such a cool and creative way to bring attention to the needs of many South African youth.”

The limited-edition shoes are available for $54 and are sold exclusively on Tomsshoes.com.

Cons x Thrasher [Prevent This Tragedy] Sold Out – Not Vegan?

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Damn. This is like a double kick in the nuts.  This is the first Converse Skateboarding collaboration with skate mag Thrasher, which celebrates the release of a new video “Prevent This Tragedy.”  The pack includes the CTS (low) in canvas, with black/black/gum, or black/white/royal blue.  The CTS mid is the real star here, with hemp upper, and black/white/green, with “Prevent This Tragedy” looking like it was scrawled on the side by a sharpie on the outsole.  Nice!

But it was too good to be true.  Apparently they are already sold out, with no word on future releases.  I didn’t even know that Converse was big on skate shoes, but if they keep putting stuff out like the CTS mid, there is a lot to look forward too.  I’m not too crazy about the CTS low, to me it just looks like a beefed up chuck Taylor.  The brown gum sole is pretty sweet though.

I hate to rain on the parade, and this really is the most important part of this post.  As part of my “research,” I emailed Converse to ask them what the deal was on their vegan shoe policy.  Based on information from a committed vegan friend, I assumed that the Chuck Taylors were all vegan, and all their canvas kicks as well. But NOoooOOoo:

Hi,

Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, we do not have any products that are certain to be Vegan-friendly. While the majority of our materials are animal-by-product free, the glue in our products can sometimes contain some animal by-products. So, it is not possible for us to advertise our products as being truly Vegan.

We apologize if this prevents you from being able to wear our product. We certainly hope it does not because there is nothing in the world like a pair of Converse shoes!

Thank you for shopping with us and we do hope that you find something that you like and can enjoy!

Happy Holidays,

Jessica
Converse.com
Customer Service

*Sigh.*  Come on!  This Thrasher shoe is made out of HEMP.  There has to be something else going on here.  I’m going to follow up with them on this one because hemp isn’t a typical material to use in a skate shoe.  If you’re still interested, check out the official site.  They also have some trucker hats and tees.

Huf x Nike SB Blazer (Canvas)

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This collabo was released in November, but when I came upon it I had to post.  If there was a pair of kicks I would describe as the ideal, it would be these.  Why?  Because 1) They are classic basketball sneakers which will never go out of style; 2) They’re also a skate shoe designed by the guys at Huf, a great skateboard shop in SF and who’ve had their hands in numerous dope collaborations; 3) They are bare– stripped down to its essential elements – the fabric, the two colors, and minimal branding; 4) THEY’RE VEGAN!

What else could you ask for?  Get some.  The best price I found was the black colorway on Premier for $80, and the white at Pure for $85.  They are also widely available on Ebay for around the same price.

Oh, and complementing the pack are two tees, snap-back caps and tailored 50’s inspired work jackets.  See pictures at Sneaker Freaker.

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Vans 106 in Cream/White

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The 106 model from Vans makes its debut in a smooth white and cream colorway.  All canvas upper + vulcanized sole.  The creamy off-white hue of the upper provides a nice contrast to the white sole, while the laces balance out the look.

Still awaiting word from Vans about which shoes are officially vegan.  Supposedly, the Geoff Rowley Vans are vegan, but be careful.  The site does not explicitly say any of them are vegan, and almost every model of his is offered in suede.  Plus, they look pretty wack.  Meanwhile, we here at Vegankicks are giving Vans the benefit of the doubt by assuming their canvas kicks are vegan.  Step it up, Vans.

UPDATE: You can get these, as well as other colors, on Amazon as well as Zappos

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New Vans Chukka Low by In4mation

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Hawaiian skate and surf brand In4mation and Vans comes correct with a clean and bold red and demin low version of the Chukka.  I am a huge fan of the Chukka Boot, and I hope they come out with this in that model.  Anyway, this one uses a royal blue canvas for the upper, and features some striking red laces and sole stripe.  It also has a gum sole and houndstooth inner lining!

For more info, check out Nice Kicks.

The shoe drops on Dec. 12 at In4mation retailers for a reasonable $85.   Quantities will be limited so don’t wait!

Also, if you’re interested in some denim slip-ons, check out the Sperry Top-Sider Striper.

NOTE: I am waiting on Vans to confirm that their canvas/denim shoes are in fact vegan.  Please comment or email me if you have any information on this matter.

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Hawaiian skate and surf brand In4mation and Vans comes correct with a clean and bold red and demin low version of the Chukka.  I am a huge fan of the Chukka Boot, and I hope they come out with this in that model.  Anyway, this one uses a royal blue canvas for the upper, and features some striking red laces and sole stripe.  It also has a gum sole and houndstooth inner lining!

The shoe drops on Dec. 12 at In4mation retailers for a reasonable $85.   Quantities will be limited so don’t wait!

Also, if you’re interested in some denim slip-ons, check out the Sperry Top-Sider Striper.

NOTE: I am waiting on Vans to confirm that their canvas/denim shoes are in fact vegan.  Please comment or email me if you have any information on this matter.

Sperry Top Sider: Striper Slip-On

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Here in New York, the winter has been very mild so far (thanks, Al Gore).  But yesterday brought freezing winds and snow/sleet/precipitation that hurts when it hits your face.   Some of you, luckily, won’t have to deal with that.  You lucky bastards living in warm parts of the country have the option of rocking slip ons during the “dead of winter,” so for those of you looking for some alternative to Vans, I give you the Perry Top Sider Striper – “classic canvas and timeless nautical style that says ‘summer’ all year long.”  HA.  I love that.

Despite its rich and preppy leanings, I really dig this shoe.  I’m not crazy about the plaid, but I’m feeling the denim, which I don’t think I’ve seen before.  Also, the quality seems to be on point.  It even has a specialized vulcanized rubber sole for wet conditions.  Neat.

But of course, the Striper’s are vegan.  The company has a special section for their vegan shoes, and their policy is right out in front: “This collection of vegan shoes by Sperry Top-Sider is made with no animal products and maintain the same standard of quality Sperry Top-Sider is known for.

UPDATE: You can get a pair in various colors at: Amazon or Zappos

Company Spotlight – TOMS Shoes

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TOMS Shoes is best known for their humanitarian causes and charitable contributions.  Their “One for One” policy provides one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased (by you!).  While I could go on about how incredible a model this is for social entrepreneurship, some might not know they have a whole slew of vegan shoes!  TOMS vegan shoes “contain no animal by-products.”

Pictured above is the, uhhh, there’s not a model name, but it’s called “Caramel/Plaid Patch Woven.”  The toe and heel are corduroy,  with the mid sporting a black and brown patch pattern.  The insole is faux suede, the sole is rubber, and you got some arch and heel support for a little more comfort.  The rest of the guys shoes are pretty much the same, but with some different patterns and materials.

BruceLeeBobWallNow I have to admit that these kicks don’t really appeal to me.  I don’t even know if they can be called kicks.  They’re more like… house slippers – I’m thinking if I get a pair, I’m definitely needing a robe and a pipe to go with them.  Or, are they a cross between ballet flats and kung-fu shoes?  Still, Bruce Lee is badass.  Looking like him isn’t such a bad thing.

It gets even more interesting with the women’s vegan selections.  Check out this crazy Rust Wrap Boot (pictured below) –  It’s straight out of Lord of the Rings!  Where’s  your bow and quiver at?  Now, I think how it works is the calf part of it is elastic, so it’s stretchy and comfy.  It’s actually kinda cool because high boots are so popular with the ladies nowadays, and it’s a little dressier than flats.

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Now, at prices that range from $54 for the flat shoe and $98 dollars for the boot, you might be thinking, as I do, that it’s kind of pricey for a canvas slipper type thing.  Let’s be honest TOMS, your kung-fu elf boots aren’t affordable.  But look at it this way.  You’re basically paying for two pairs of shoes – one for you, and one for a kid who can’t even afford them.  Satisfy your thirst for fresh gear while doing some good.  TOMS – finally a company with a serious commitment to making a contribution.

The “Collaboration” – Ed Templeton x No Age x Emerica

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Fellow vegans Ed Templeton and experimental rock band No Age have er, collaborated to design this sweet skate shoe the Collaboration, which dropped in October.   This hi-top is a subtle grey, with the band tag on the tongue, inner lining, and outsole sporting some green, yellow, and red highlights.  Of course, it wouldn’t be on this blog if it weren’t made out of all synthetic (plu organic)  materials!

I know that Ed Templeton has been a longtime outspoken vegan, and probably has had multiple signature models that were vegan.  But an indie band coming out with a shoe?  The only musicians I know in the sneaker game have been the likes of 50 Cent and G-Unit (and various other entrepreneurial rappers).  Is this a good thing?  Absolutely.  Any time a non-leather shoe drops is definitely a great thing for those of us looking for compassionate alternatives.

Also, check out the Laced (pictured below), which is another vegan low top (which looks just like the Vans Old Skool) but rocks a crazy green spray painted outsole design, and a paint splattered sole.  Not really my bag, but that’s just me.  Check it…

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Both sneakers are available at Millenium Shoes.

For more pictures of both, check out Sneakerfiles.

For more info about No Age’s veganism, check out this article.

Saucony Jazz Low Pro

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Nice – A  classic running shoe made of hemp canvas!  The toe and the heel caps, as well as the midfoot use a tight weave canvas while the rest just looks like plain ol’ canvas.  Four colors are currently available: brown/tan/green, green/tan, stone grey/navy, or black/stone grey.   For more pictures, check out Sneaker Freaker or Nice Kicks.

A little while ago they were only available online in Germany (wtf?), but now you can order two of the colors on Shoebuy.  Funny though, the black/stone grey one is more expensive than the brown/tan/green one, and the latter is “canvas” while the former is “vegan.”  Weird.  According to other blogs, they are all vegan.

So the release of this shoe begs several questions.  Is this a sign of things to come?  Are we going to see more vegan releases from major brands?  Or is this just a niche market they’re testing?  I don’t see what companies like Saucony have to lose in offering a retro shoe made without animals.  They already have the design, and the materials shouldn’t be more expensive.  Plus, it reaches a new market.  Win-win!

Thanks for reading!  Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions!

UPDATE :

Ladies can pick up a pair here at Amazon, or at Zappos. Guys can also get some at Zappos.