TOMS Mens Roundup Spring 2016

Toms Grey Angular Embroidery Men's Del Rey Sneakers
Grey Angular Embroidery Men’s Del Rey Sneakers

Recently, TOMS was awarded the Compassionate Business Award by PETA.  But you say, TOMS isn’t even a vegan company?!  They sell a lot of leather shoes! That’s exactly what we were thinking.  PETA says “companies like TOMS are stepping up with vegan shoes and accessories to keep you cruelty-free from head to toe.”  We were a little skeptical so we hopped on over to TOMS site and we were pleasantly surprised by their expanded collection of animal-friendly products.  Before, they only had a few colorways of their now ubiquitous espadrille.  Now they have a few different lace up sneakers and even a flip flop.

While we are still waiting for the day this undoubtedly good intentioned company goes fully cruelty free, we are comfortable sharing their current men’s vegan selection as of spring 2016.  Womens’ styles to come in a separate post.  Note that we are not showing all available colorways.  For that, go here.

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Vegan Athlete: Vegan Running Shoes by On

Though many people may not have heard of Swiss brand On, they offer some of the best running shoes on the market. All On shoes are 100% vegan and built from the ground up with their Cloud cushion technology. A name like “Cloud” comes with some lofty expectations, but we here at Vegan Kicks promise they will not disappoint. Whether you run several miles a day or spend a lot of time on your feet at work, the cloud technology offers tremendous cushion and support.

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On Cloud in Orange/Fire

On offers several different models and a wide variety of colors, with options for those interested in bright, flashy shoes as well as those who prefer sticking to the basics.

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On Cloudsurfer in Neon/Grey

On shoes are available online at Zappos, On, and Amazon, and may be available at a store near you.

Read more to see more style and color offerings from On.

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Vegan Athlete: Baseball Gloves by Carpenter Trade

Baseball season is approaching fast, and there is no better time than now for vegan athletes to gear up for the coming season. Don’t want to stick your hand in a leather glove? Don’t worry, Vegan kicks has an option for you: Carpenter Trade, makers of the one and only 100% vegan baseball glove on the market.Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.34.22 AM

Each Carpenter Trade glove is custom-made to fit the specifications of the wearer and the measurements of his (or her) hand. They are lighter and stronger than traditional leather gloves, offering numerous performance advantages to those seeking an edge over the competition. Carpenter Trade gloves are now worn by many minor league players and can be seen in the Baseball Hall of Fame, after becoming the first synthetic glove used in a Major League game.

Scott Carpenter, the man behind the magical microfiber, was kind enough to take time to answer a few of our questions.

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Saucony Shadow

Saucony Shadow Grey
Saucony Shadow Grey
Saucony Shadow Black
Saucony Shadow Black

We got another vegan offering from our friends from Saucony.  Previously we featured a limited collection with BAIT, but now it appears that the Shadow is available in two cruelty free colorways.  Uppers are all canvas, like the Jazz Low Pro and Bullet.  They’re all good, hopefully Saucony will continue to expand their vegan shoe repertoire!

Both colorways (black and grey) – are available at Zappos.

Q & A with Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

 

Vegan Kicks recently had the pleasure of chatting with Marion Hanania, creator of vegan shoe brand Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather. If you are not familiar with Good Guys, you should definitely check them out. They offer a wide variety of fashionable shoes for men and women, all vegan and sweatshop free. They are a “PETA Approved Vegan” company and have received multiple awards from PETA for their good work – “Best Mens Shoes” and “Vegan Brand to Keep An Eye On in 2015.”

Without further ado, Marion:

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Winter Boots 2016

Native Jimmy Winter Grey (unisex)
Native Jimmy Winter Grey (unisex)

Well, winter is here, isn’t it?  The timing of this post is not coincidental.  SNOWZILLAGEDDON has blanketed much of the east coast with a huge amount of snow and it’s a major wake up call to a lot of us, who are now looking out our windows and seeing a nice thick white carpet covering everything.  Now comes the fun part – shoveling our driveways, digging out our cars, or trudging through the grey mush that will fill our streets for the next week.  We all need to be prepared, and fear not, readers – vegan winter boot options are plentiful.   See below for a few tasty selections sure to keep your feet warm and dry.

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Partner Wanted

There comes a time when you realize that you need to make a change.  This site has been up and running for 5 years plus now.  Sometimes it’s been good, sometimes it hasn’t been up to par.  Recently, I have to say that it hasn’t been great, and I think it’s time to admit we need some help.

Vegan Kicks is looking for a partner, not just a contributing blogger.  We need a person who knows what we are about and is interested in participating in every aspect of the site, from writing to design to social media.  We are willing to share all that we know, and give you freedom to go in new directions.  There will be some immediate benefits and potential for bigger things down the road, as readership is consistent and the demand for this information is only growing.

If you are interested, please send us a message here or an email to vegankicks@gmail.com.  Let us know your thoughts, and we’ll talk.  Thanks so much for your support, we look forward to hearing from you.

Henry

Asics Onitsuka Tiger Update

Asics Onitsuka Tiger California 78 black black
California 78 Black Black

Hey there, just wanted to post some new styles of Onitsuka Tiger by Asics up here.  Looks like there are a bunch of colorways available in the Ultimate 81 and the California 78.  The black black colorway of the California 78 looks a lot like the Adidas Samba – a great vegan alternative to this popular shoe.

All colorways pictured here are available at Zappos.

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Luca Chiara Contest Winner!

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Adi with her new Luca Chiara Antonio Weekender Bag in Navy

Happy New Year everyone!  Today we are happy to announce that the winner of our Luca Chiara  giveaway is Adi!  She is pictured above, sporting the handsome Antonio Weekender which was so kindly made and provided by Luca Chiara.  As you can see below, this bag is great for all types of jobs, including carrying around kitties – Dracüla approves!  It also just so happens that Adi is a blogger herself, and we highly recommend you check out her site Vegetarian Courtesy.  She offers a lot of unique insight into vegetarianism and life in general.  She writes in two language, and there’s a lot of sweet artwork.

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Native Kids Shoes

Native Shoes Fitzsimmons Little Kid Dublin Grey Shell White
Native Shoes Fitzsimmons Little Kid Dublin Grey Shell White

What’s up squad.  Today we’re looking at some footy wear for the little ones.  We here are so used to sharing the kind of stuff we want to wear, but we know that a lot of you are looking after smaller human beings who can’t really buy things on their own.  And you want to make the ethical choice for them as well – respect!  So when we came across these kids shoes by Native, we were psyched.  Mostly because they are exactly the same as the adult shoes, which we love.

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