Unfortunately, we can’t wear Vans all the time. Sometimes we gotta act all growns up 🙁 But who says you can’t be vegan, styling, and having fun while dressed up? Case in point: see this Autumn 2010 collection by Novacas. Words that come to mind… Sleek. Modern. Sophisticated. From the worn charcoal to the textile mixed in with fake leather, these shoes ooze quality. Feel me?
Oh, and more good stuff. Novacas are made out of 80% biodegradable material, 100% vegan, and are fair trade made in Europe. Also of note is that the designers are the girls who own Moo Shoes. Holler.
These are some smart, vegan Oxfords from Rachel Comey. They’re made out of some kind of fabric, and my guess is that it’s either canvas or some other type of softer cotton. Either way they are animal free and the colors stand out. They come in beige with green sole, or baby blue with white sole. Available here and here. Looks like the blue is sold out right now, and there aren’t too many sizes of the white left, but I’ll be sure to let you know if we find anything. Thanks for reading!
Bourgeois Boheme recently leaked a few models from its upcoming spring 2010 mens’ collection. These dress shoes and ankle boots are NICE, and of course, they are vegan + fair labor + eco-friendly. All good things. Only problem I see is that BB is in England… where can I get some in the States? I don’t like the conversion rate. Anyone want to help a brotha out? I need to be stylin’ on the job!
So I know that I have largely been ignoring these types of shoes, but to be honest, I’m just not really into looking for nice dress shoes. But the reality is, vegans have office jobs too, and can’t be expected to survive on Vans and Nikes alone. Sorry girls, I don’t have any dress shoes for you right now. But I don’t feel bad, with brands like Olsen Haus, and uhhh, others, ladies got choices.
NOHARMis a brand I can really get behind. They don’t seem to compromise on anything. They are vegan, enviro-friendly, fair trade, and are handmade in Italy! They make a variety of slick non-leather shoes and boots. Check them out here at Amazon.
Some more info from their website:
“NOHARM is proud to introduce an exciting range of high fashion, cruelty-free, vegan footwear for the discerning and ethically responsible consumer. All ingredients and components used to manufacture NOHARM footwear are meticulously researched to ensure the finished product conforms to Vegan Society standards.”
“NOHARM is strongly opposed to child-labour and worker exploitation. All NOHARM Footwear is exquisitely hand-crafted in Italy.”
Vegan Kicks is excited to have a guest blogger! Mitsu is one of the creators of To Happy Vegans, a website/blog based in the UK about all things vegan. One of my favorite sites around, please give them a visit when you can. Until then, enjoy this guest post!
Thankfully away from the land of charming princes and fairy godmothers a real life vegan like myself doesn’t have to go to such great lengths as a pair of glass slippers for a vegan shoes.
I can still however feel like the belle of the ball when I finally get to wear these babies out. A very generous Christmas present last year from my lovely friends, I was very excited to see the blue box beneath the wrapping paper.
As with all Melissa shoes they are completely vegan, 100% recycable and smell like bubblegum. These particular shoes (Lady Dragon IIs) are a special collaboration between Vivienne Westwood and the Brazillian shoe brand. Past season designs from the collection have been seen on the feet of Katy Perry and Katie Holmes (hmm perhaps I should change my name to Kate?!). Yes people, vegan shoes can be fashionable and they don’t have to be made out of leather.
Prefer something a little more pratical? I have been waiting a good two years for a decent Ugg alternative to appear on the vegan shoe market and 2010 was the year my prayers were answered.
I have had non sheep skin Ugg style boots before, invariably they are always cheap in comparison to the real thing and only last me mere months. A combination of the flimsy soles and the amount of walking I do are no doubt to blame.
The soles on my new Snug boots from Vegetarian Shoes however are thick and sturdy. Although the lining is not as padded as regular Uggs/Ugg alternatives they still keep my feet nice and toasty. I have even been out in the rain in them and not a soggy sock in sight (it is recommended they be proofed for extra protection). They are made from a fake suede, Vegetarian Shoes also make shoes from a faux leather which is meant to stretch and breath just like the real stuff.
The amount and accessability of vegan products is growing all the time and with brands like Melissa I love the fact they appeal to people who might not even realise that they are making a better, more conscientious choice.
The final shoes on my wanted list are a pair of completely vegan running shoes. The closest I have come so far are New Balances’ 1063.
Whilst the shoes themselves are made from completely synthetic materials, they use whatever glue is available at the time so cannot guarantee any given pair will be completely animal free (I like to think I managed to get a pair with the ‘good’ glue). But, I know all I have to do is be patient and something will come along eventually. 🙂
For more animal friendly shoes alternatives check out the shoe section on the To Happy Vegans website. Happy shoe shopping!