Greetings world! Here in America, Thanksgiving is over. Now the holiday shopping season is fully in gear with the beginning of “Black Friday” so the fun starts now am I right? But for real, while we don’t want to celebrate consumerism, we can’t ignore all the amazing deals out there. If you need some stuff, now is the time to get it. See below for a list of sales from our favorite brands and stores. We will try to keep these updated up until Christmas, but for now enjoy these post Thanksgiving deals!
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!
We have another periodic update on Emerica and their vegan offerings. For spring 2015, they have a total of five different shoes available, including two colorways for the Wino. It looks like two shoes are actually skateable – the Herman G6 Vulc and the Westgate Cruiser. The others are for chillin’ only, especially the flamingo themed Troubadour.
Click here for Emerica’s “animal friendly” page.
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.
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.
Just wanted to give a big shout out to Maciej Kobus, the winner of our Emerica 2013 Tempster giveaway! It took a while – the shoes were held up in customs for 3 weeks – but our fearless and persistent Polish winner was undeterred. He finally got the shoes and whew, they fit! This is what he had to say about them:
I can’t be happier with the new shoes since they are a pro model of well known skateboarder and my huge inspiration – Ed Templeton. I’m not the biggest fan of high/mid shoes but they seem to fit nicely. I didn’t have a chance to wear them for a longer time but they feel comfortable. Also huge thanks to Ed and the guys at Emerica for keeping it real and staying true for all these years.
We couldn’t have put it better, dude. Thanks again for entering. And thank you, Emerica, for keeping it real and participating and not hating on the vegan skaters out there. We send much love out there, keep up the good work Ed Templeton and everyone over there at Emerica.
One more pic after the jump!
This season’s newest vegan/animal-friendly offering from Emerica for spring of 2013 is finally here.
The new shoe is called “The Tempster,” and is designed by legendary vegan skateboarder, Ed Templeton. Ed has always been a driving force in skateboarding – a true individual and artist. He is also the vegan skater’s skater. Never quitting and never selling out his vegan beliefs for a higher-paying/selling leather pro-model shoe. For this alone, we should always support him, his shoes, and Emerica for putting them out. Emerica is in my own personal opinion, the last real core skate shoe brand we have left.
I got to skate these new shoes a few short times on the streets and for a full 3-hour session at the park. Here are my personal thoughts as a long-time skater and vegan shoe wearer. . . .
Following up on our last post, the good people at Emerica are so gracious as to hook us up for Vegan Kicks’ second shoe contest! Our blogging is erratic right now, but we’re trying to make every one count! We are psyched to be giving away one pair of Emerica Tempster (green or black), featured above and below. This is one out of a bunch of Emerica’s vegan shoes (see our previous post on their newest offerings), and we all thought it was appropriate that this be the one, considering Ed’s longstanding vegan lifestyle. I know that these shoes won’t be for everyone, but I know all the skaters out there will be chomping at the bits to get a pair. So, onto the contest!
We’re back! Sorry for the hiatus. Wish we could bring you all the news, but what can we say, we’ve been slacking. Keep checking back for updates and goodies. You won’t be disappointed. And if you can, please help! If you see something interesting, or have something fresh to report, please post on our Facebook wall or Tweet at us.
Today we are happy to bring to you another string of vegan shoes brought to you buy our friends at Emerica as part of their new spring collection 2013. Kudos to them as they are one of the few skateboard shoe companies actively touting their vegan credentials.
As you can see above and below, these are some old standbys. The Hsu is back in canvas, though I’m not crazy about this olive/black colorway (how about the plain black?). Ed Templeton is back with the Tempster in black/grey and green. Controversial pick with the lime green, but I’m sure some of you will appreciate it. Too bad there is no printed graphic outside on the black model, but you are treated to some artwork from Ed on inside panels.