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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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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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The World of Vegan Skate Shoes, and Why They Matter

To a skateboarder, shoes are like gloves to a sculptor’s hands. No other clothing component is more important to a skateboarder. Skaters’ feet are the connection to their craft – the art of how they skateboard. Skating in a shoe that is too padded and bulky, is like trying to grab detailed things with a mitten on. Skating in a shoe that is too thin, is like wearing a rubber glove to protect one’s self from the elements, or to grab that hot vegan dinner you have in the oven – you’re going to get burned, and you’re going to feel it too much. Then there’s the dreaded cupsole vs. vulc shoe battle – it just never ends! So just how how do we compromise? And how do vegan skateboarders fit into this equation? Through my next few blog posts I may be able to help you find those answers… but first, we must ask another more serious and important question:

Why are todays vegan skate shoes so expensive?

Do you ever wonder why a canvas skate shoe cost the same or more than a shoe made out of leather? It’s like getting a Veggie Delite at Subway for the same price as the next guy’s cold cut sub that has the same amount of veggies on it. You’re paying the same price for something that has meat, when there is no meat in yours at all! You’re basically paying for a condiment sandwich. In todays skate shoe world with canvas or synthetic shoes vs. leather shoes, you are paying for a condiment on your feet, as most all skate shoes have canvas or syn. textiles in them anyways – on the inside or outside. So the question here is, why?

Ripped canvas Vans, an all too familiar occurrence to the vegan skater.

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CONS CTS Ox (black)

This one was a no-brainer.  The CONS CTS Ox looks just like your Chuck Taylor All Star, but packs a few extra features.  The canvas and laces are “high abrasion” (whatever that means) and there is padding on the tongue and ankle.  It’s not crazy, but I rock a pair of CTS Mids and there is definitely a difference in comfort.  The regular All Stars have no support at all; definitely wouldn’t wear a pair of those skating.  These, though, are a great upgrade and a classic in my opinion.

CONS CTS Ox in black canvas available at Premier.

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Dickies x Converse Chuck Taylor

Dickies and Converse are teaming up this spring to release a line of Chuck Taylor All Stars.  The first shoe is the classic Chuck Taylor low featuring Dickies detailing in the heel.  The other is an all new classic boot – a design inspired by the classic work boot, featuring a moc toe rather than the typical rubber toecap.  Both designs will feature an upper that is made of the classic Dickies twill.

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Converse Jack Purcell LTT

Oh, hello Jack Purcell – the other classic Converse shoe… but it’s so classic, it never goes out of style.  Converse has updated the materials in these LTT model, this time they’re using washed cotton twill uppers.  That and you have some very crisp, bright colors, perfect for the summerytime.  I’m digging the ocean blue ones the most.

Available in yellow, grey, and blue at Urban Outfitters for $60.

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Converse CVO Mid White

Although this release of a Converse CVO Mid in pure white is pretty much unremarkable, it doesn’t get any cleaner than this.  An already minimal shoe, this one is almost uniform in color, except for the stripe running around the sole, and the little black tag on the tongue.  It must be work keeping these clean, but at least you can always throw them in the wash!

Available at DQM for $60.

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Converse Mesh Chuck It

I am vaguely aware of the fashion seasons and cycle, where the next season’s thing emerges even before the present season starts.  But my approach is much more day-to-day and more attuned to my immediate needs, i.e. oh crap it just snowed a foot, I better get me some boots!  I cannot plan my wardrobe for the fall when it is summer out.  Just can’t.  Plus, with my broke ass, I’m more likely to look for last season’s merchandise that the store is trying to get rid of.

This weekend actually felt a little like spring.  I still had my heavy jacket on, but today I actually drove with the window down.  Hopefully the warm weather is here to stay here (I’m in New Jersey), but who knows with this churlish winter in the Northeast.

So, I thought that something a little more summery was apropo.  I have to say, first, I’m not a huge fan of all these “summer” or “beach” shoes that seem to be all the rage.  Like, what the hell is the deal with those wack “water shoes” with the elastic mesh and rubber soles that people wear in the water.  Then the gates of hell opened up with Crocs; don’t even get me started.  Second, I was never cool with wearing shoes without socks.  I still think it’s pretty gross, but I’m willing to re-think my stance on that.  I mean, if you’re wearing shorts or pants that shows your ankle, sometimes socks look really wack.

So this Converse Mesh Chuck It is one of those shoes you can wear without socks on the beach or summat, but they look pretty nice.  They don’t seem all that different from regular Chucks until you get up close, so they’re a little bit tricky.  And the black color always looks cleaner.  So no laces, and the sole is a light rubber, not like regular Chucks.

Available at Urban Outfitters.  Go to site for better photos.

Converse Pappalardo Ox Canvas

I know, I’m being redundant.  But the streets is talkin, man.  New Converse is what’s up right now.  Okay I have no idea what I’m talking about.  But these Converse Pappalardo Ox in tan canvas are pretty sweet.  From what I understand, the stripes and star are painted on the textile.  Go skateboarding!  Now!

Available at Premier for $60.