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.
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!
Visionary Boot by Brave Gentleman, available at Vegan Chic
Here’s part 2 of our 2014 winter boot find. This time around, we are emphasizing form over function. We have no expectations regarding the warmth or water resistance of any of the dressier looking boots. Most of them look seem they can handle some rain and some minor snow. But a lot of these we wouldn’t advise using for real bad days. We hope that between our two posts that you find something that is suitable to your needs. Enjoy!
Winter is here, so best make sure you’re ready for the elements. We have put forth a variety of vegan boots here, from the functional to not so functional, warm and insulated to thin uppers. Some are just on here because well it’s an excuse to buy a pair of boots. But we found so many on our first sweep that we have to break it up into two articles. This is a good thing, there’s more out there than ever before for the animal friendly shopper. We hope that there’s something here for everyone. Happy viewing and stay tuned next week for Part 2!
This is so late in coming, but unfortunately it is far too often the case that we feature styles halfway or mostly through the appropriate season. We weren’t even going to do this, but in New York (and the Midwest, South, Atlantic, and Northeast) we were just slammed with a brutal arctic chill and the first real snowstorm of winter. Nothing like that 1-2 to knock you on your ass and think about the appropriate gear.
Today we’re featuring four of our favorite vegan winter boots. We think that there is a decent amount of variety in this section to satisfy different tastes and needs. At the most practical end is the Bogs Classic Ultra Mid 2, which will be able to handle more extreme weather conditions. It’s waterproof, insulated, and comfortable. I especially like the top handles and stretch bootie for easy access. Similarly, the Kamik Hunter is a calf high waterproof rubber boot with an insulated liner. A neat feature is the adjustable nylon collar at the top.
Today’s vegan boots will not win any awards for style. I can picture some of you are either shaking your heads or making a sour face right now. Stooop. If you’ve been here before, you know how we do. We put out the good and sometimes the ugly (never bad). Vegan shoes come in all shapes and forms, and we have to embrace the diversity! How slick do you need a black rubber boot to be anyway? When you are trudging through the snow, or you work outdoors in winter weather, how much of this does it all matter? If you really want to go for style over substance, I would check this list out.
I was downright psyched when I started reading about the feature rich Bogs Classic Ultra Mid 2 (for men). It’s waterproof, with a 4 way booty construction with a natural rubber overlay. It’s warm because it’s got 7 mm of neotech fiber. And it’s comfy because it has a European last – narrower in the heel, wider in the toe. Sure beats a plain old rubber rain boot like this one.
Happy New Year! First, just wanted to say thank you to all you guys. Thanks for reading, commenting, emailing me, and being part of this site. I hope that we can continue to bring some good solid recommendations and keep carrying the vegan shoe flag, whatever that is. All in all, 2012 was a great year for us – we had our first giveaway, and more readers than ever. Let’s keep it jumping in the year twenty thirteen!
To kick off the new year, we present – more boots. Now, I will admit that my previous two posts on boots may not have featured the most stylish boots out there right now. But we have a diverse audience, so we’re looking out for everyone out there, even you “hippies” out there. We know you’re out there, and we stand with you.
But today we’re going to push some more “fashionable” boots out there for those who wear them not necessarily for the weather. Girls got their boots in a zillion different iterations, so why can’t we guys have some fun with this as well? Here are a few of my choice picks for those of you who still can’t get enough winter stylins.
UPDATE 12/18/12: After several readers alerted me to this mistake, I confirmed with Sorel that the 1964 Premium T Canvas boot does contain leather at the tongue and heel. I was misinformed by the first customer rep and I thought he was pretty clear on it. But thank you everyone who is keeping a watchful eye on us and keeping us honest!
Winter is here! Er, well, has been here, officially. But the weather has been so mild, an effect of in an unseasonably warm and unpredictable season thus far in the New York City area. Thanks to a notorious tropical storm, things we take for granted, like seasons, seem to be a thing of the past. Thanks a lot, global warming. Oh wait, this is our fault. Ugh. But because the weather has been so jumpy lately we need to be prepared for the worst, and you never know when it could get cold and snowy.
Enter Sorel. This Canadian company has been keeping feet warm and dry since 1962. Initially I wanted to feature exclusively the Sorel 1964 Premium T Canvas Boot, pictured above. But unfortunately it is NOT 100% VEGAN. It is, however, almost. I got on the phone with a very helpful customer service rep to check on this, and he confirmed that while the boot contains no leather, it does contain some sort of animal by-product in the glue. Gah. So, for those of you out there who do not draw that hard line, you might want to consider this as an option.
This post is long overdue, considering we are already past Thanksgiving here in the States. Under normal weather conditions, the air is hovering near freezing and the ground is hardening. Cold rain falls, sometime turning into ice and sleet. You could wake up to snow on any given day. But this year has been unusually warm, at least out here in mid-Atlantic. Aside from one freak snow storm, this fall has been mild and forgiving. But that doesn’t mean the next few months won’t be nasty, wet and cold. Of course, none of this applies to my friends living in colder climes. You guys have to deal with way more shitty weather than us. So this one is for all yall.
Being an inhabitant of a large city (without access to a personal automobile), one is keenly aware of daily weather conditions. An unforeseen rain storm can leave you drenched, an unexpected cold front will leave you shivering. Needless to say, we city dwellers, who actually have to walk and be exposed to the elements, are hypersensitive to the needs of our feet. When the winter comes, we would like to keep them warm and dry. As a child of the suburbs, I never bought or wore boots. I somehow got away with wearing sneakers always. Maybe that’s because I was a dense child, but when you have a car that can take you right to where you need to go, you don’t have to worry about being exposed for prolonged periods of time.
What I’m trying to get at is that a solid, warm, water-resistant (and of course stylish) boot is essential to any person’s shoe collection. For your average person, getting a pair is as easy as going to your local sporting good store, or clicking a few times on Zappos. For us, who are trying to abstain from leather and other animal products, this proves a more difficult task. Now mind you, when I say difficult I don’t mean impossible, or even frustrating. No, I mean difficult like there are so many great looking leather boots that it’s hard to resist buying a pair!
But do not fear. Before you I present several stylish and functional alternatives to the leather boot paradigm. Some are made by known vegan brands. The others are not in that group but offer up alternative materials in common molds which would commonly use leather.
Click to see the shoes, I mean boots!