Vegan Shoe Policies 2014 by Vegan8

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So last time we did a little post on Vegan8‘s spectacular list on shoe companies and their vegan friendly policies, we didn’t have any images to go with it.  So we thought that this sweet tattoo art by Just Vegan was apropos.  Love and kindness towards all living things… those little birds approve.  Just need some footwear to go with this…  Next time!

The main event is below, with quite a long list of labels and their vegan friendly policies.  This list is geared towards runners and those looking for some performance athletic footwear.  Thank you Vegan8, we are very grateful for your efforts :).  Thanks and please leave comments if you notice any errors.

Also, for description of definitions used, please refer to Vegan8’s website here.


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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.


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Denim Kicks

I was inspired to make a list of some dope denim kicks for you all after reading about the soon to be released Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III (pictured above).  Unfortunately, I can’t gather enough intel about this shoe to determine whether the swooshes are leather or not, but got a list of some other choice picks which have no leather in the upper.  I’m not sure whether these are 100% vegan, I haven’t vetted them all with regard to the glue.  But if any of you guys own a pair, or know, please leave a comment.  Thanks and enjoy!

Source: Nice Kicks


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An Unintentionally Amusing Response from Adidas Customer Service

Part of my responsibilities in operating this site involves a bit of “investigating,” i.e. checking with shoe manufacturers to see if their shoes are vegan and do not contain some hidden animal products.  Sometimes it’s worth giving it a shot even if it looks like there may be some leather on it.  You never know when it might be synthetic, which is why I had to check with Adidas to see if these Gazelle RST kicks had non-leather stripes and heel.

So, I sent them a short email inquiry with my typical line – is this vegan?  Are there any animal products used in this shoe?  In the leather, in the glue?  I thought my questions were pretty straightforward.  Typically I get a pointed answer.  But the response I got from Adidas not only did not answer my question, it was puzzling and pretty hilarious when you think about it.


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Adidas Samba Canvas Pack

Almost a year ago we got overly excited about Adidas putting out some canvas Sambas in a few classic colors.  We jumped the gun and it turned out that the three stripes were in fact leather.  Now, it’s been brought to my attention (thank you very much sir Dustin) that Adidas has recently released a Sambas Canvas Pack, but these have synthetic stripes and canvas heel.  And yes, the lining is not leather.  This is a very welcome development – another classic we can add in the vault!

Unfortunately, the pack doesn’t include the classic black upper with white stripes and brown sole.  Hopefully they will expand the color selection beyond this pack, but for now we have four colors: 1) aluminum/super blue/white, 2) black on black on black on black on black, 3) black/”high energy”/white, 4) slate/light maroon/white.

Available at Zappos


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Adidas Samba Canvas (NOT VEGAN)

UPDATE 8/10/11: Just got word from Adidas that the lining is in fact leather.  Sorry kids.

Great to see the Adidas Samba, another classic shoe being released in canvas.  I had a little difficulty with Adidas in finding out what the stripes are made out of, and they did tell me that the stripes are in fact synthetic.  But stupid me, I didn’t word the email correctly, so they didn’t comment on the heel and the tongue.  So  I am going forewarning you all now.  I’m posting this, but only on the assumption that Adidas would not do the counter-intuitive thing and use leather on the other parts of the shoe (they do!).  Also, Zappos describes the lining as synthetic, and that seems to be the same stuff used on the heel (wrong!).  I can’t really vouch for the tongue though.  I had a pair of old Superstars before and the tongue was leather.  But these don’t look the same, it seems to be a padded tongue.

So as I cannot state with 100% certainty that these are vegan, I’m sure enough to put them here (I stand corrected).  Being such a dope shoe, I couldn’t resist.  If anyone already has a pair of these, let me know what the tag says.  I apologize in advance for anyone who may accuse me of being a hack and lacking in credibility.  But hey, I did warn you!

Available in black, blue, and red at Zappos for $60.


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Adidas Nizza Hi Canvas

Adidas really does it proper with their Originals sub-brand.  Get yourself a tracksuit, some shell-toes with fat laces, and you’ll be straight.  You’ll feel like you were an extra in Wild Style!  Now if you could get your hands on a Kangol hat…

I had to blog about the Nizza Hi.  I had the original intent when I spotted a pair on Karmaloop, but I didn’t like the looks of those stripes.  They looked like leather.  Even the dude who helped me with the live chat couldn’t say for sure.  So I decided to put that idea on ice.  Lo and behold, a week later or so, PETA listed the Nizza Hi on their list for “vegan shoe of the month.”  I’LL TAKE THAT.  Then I came across them in light blue  on the Adidas site, plus they’re on sale for $35.  WOOT!  Only downside, mostly for the ladies and guys with small feet – it doesn’t look like they have any smaller sizes, under 9.5.

Don’t fret… if you are willing to shell out the regular price ($50), you can cop these in white with black stripes at Zappos.


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Adidas Forum Low Green/Black

Hey, it’s Stephanie here and I’ll be guest blogging sometimes (: I’m basically a student/artist/sneakerhead from Brazil.

These are the new Forum Low sneakers by adidas, part of their 2010 fall/winter collection. Made of green nylon and synthetic leather with some touches of black and white on the outsole/midsole, and orange details in the tongue and outsole.  I love this military feel and this model is awesome. I’m happy to see it on a vegan colorway.

Available at Mita Sneakers (I hope to see it in other stores soon).


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Adidas Samba Americana West

Figured I’d fill in the gap while Henry was on vacation…

WOW, I’ve been searching for some vegan Adidas Sambas in a non-hippy colorway for what seems like forever. A little over a year ago, DQM and Huf collaborated on a black canvas model, but I missed the boat on those (although I think if you’re a size 9 you can still pick some up at the DQM store on E.3rd St.). Anyway, I was searching the bowels of the internet (ok, maybe just the adidas site) when I came across these beauts. I noticed that the “leather” looked a bit pleathery, and the description was suspiciously absent of any straight “leather” declaration, so I rolled the dice, clicked “buy” and waited with baited breath to check for that sweet little diamond figure on the tag. And sure enough, there it was. I don’t believe that any of the other models in the “Americana West” series are vegan…those other colors appear to be real suede, but I haven’t verified. For now, these will do just fine!

Ransom X Adidas Originals – Valley Low <– NOT VEGAN

Ransom, a shop in Ontario Canada, has been working with Adidas to come up with some interesting kicks, including some rugged boots, chukkas and the like.  Here they’ve done up the classic Valley Low in light blue ripstop nylon, white sole, and yellow highlight on the sole.  These animal friendly joints also feature a Ransom logo near the heel and a cool LEATHER pull tab in the back.  Available at Hanon (England).

This post also coincides with a nice email I got a few days back from Adidas.  After inquiring into their vegan shoe policy, they confirmed that they do not use animal based products in their glues and cements.  They do use petroleum based products, and we here at Vegan Kicks would have liked to see them use more environmentally sound water based glues, but hey, one step at a time right?  So fear not intrepid vegan shoppers, Adidas is one brand you can buy without feeling guilty.  I will be posting more Adidas accordingly.