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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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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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Asics Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 Roundup

Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 MW White Black Fire
Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 MW White Black Fire

Hi all, today we bring you our occasional update on the vegan models of Onitsuka Tiger by Asics.  We didn’t get the full list this time, so we’re just putting out the Ultimate 81 colorways that are currently available on Zappos.  Enjoy, and please post in the comments section or email us (vegankicks@gmail.com) if you have updated information on other models.

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Asics GT-II Vegan Black Black

ASICS GT-II Vegan - Black Black
ASICS GT-II Vegan – Black Black

Here’s yet another great vegan shoe from Asics.  Previously we showed the Gel Lyte V and Gel Lyte III.  Today we have the GT-II Vegan in black black.  This shoe features a mesh and synthetic leather upper, with slightly contrasting textures between the heel/toe and side branding.  Asics game on fleek!

Available at Sneaker Politics and Feature.

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Asics Gel Lyte V Vegan Navy Burgundy

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Asics Gel Lyte V Vegan Navy Burgundy

Quick hitter for today.  Asics keeps coming strong with their vegan shoe offerings.  Here we have the Gel Lyte V Vegan in navy burgundy.  With a very nice mix of fake leather, suede, and mesh upper.  We’d like to see some more colorways, but can’t complain too much about this combo.  You’re not gonna go wrong with a navy upper and white sole on a classic like this.  Oh, and extra props to Asics for putting “vegan” in the name of the shoe!  Makes life easier for us and gives the general shopper the chance to make a positive, ethical choice.

Available at Sneaker Politics.

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Asics Gel Lyte III Vegan Black on Black

Now available is another great vegan option from Asics.  The Gel Lyte III in Black/Black is a classic retro runner, but this one has synthetic suede and leather uppers .  We’re excited that Asics is releasing vegan retro runners like this in addition to the Onitsuka Tiger series (on which we will update soon).  We know that these are gray and black, but monochrome photos only?   I would have preferred color images to see more accurate tones.  Oh well.

Available at Sneaker Politics.

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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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Asics Onitsuka Tiger Vegan Updated Summer 2013

Hey all, just thought some of you might be wondering which Asics Onitsuka Tiger models might be animal free right now.  Well, I am sorry for the lengthy pause since my last update, I know you all love these.  Well I’ve made contact with Asics and while the list isn’t as extensive as in times past, we have the following styles which are vegan.  Please note that some of these ecommerce sites are listing these as having leather, but pay them no mind – I went back to Asics and they confirmed that these models are indeed vegan.  Also, apologies for the short list.  We are a little disappointed that there are so few options to choose from.  Hopefully they will be expanded in next seasons lineup.

Rio Runner

Asics Rio Runner Grey

Available at Urban Outfitters (in multiple colors)

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Asics Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 Update Summer 2012

Midnight Blue/White

I just wanted to give you guys a quick update on the Asics Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 vegan colorways available at Zappos as of August 2012.  As you may know I have in the past used the Zappos description as a handy reference to the vegan shoes they offer in this model, as well as this list.  Although they often don’t offer all the vegan colorways listed, right now they have 7.  Here they are!  Enjoy.

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