Sorry if this is old news, but we’ve been meaning to post this when we saw this. Back in November, Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys announced a collaboration with Keep to put out a fresh new design of their classic Ramos.
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 took a field trip to our favorite urban oasis and shot some great photos. Thought some of you would like to see them. Thanks so much to Wills and Unstitched Utilities for hooking us up with these samples. Pictured above and below are the Wills Desert Boot (Brown) and Work Boots (Black), plus Unstitched Utilities Next Day Hi QT (Black). Also we got a pair of Keep Homer Kitty, we had a pair and couldn’t leave them out.
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.
Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties we lost the content of our last post. You know that feeling when you’re working on a paper or something on Word and you forget to hit save, and your computer crashes? Well, this is maybe not that dramatic but nevertheless it’s one of those ARGH moments.
This is a re-do, it’s not going to have all the stuff that we originally put up, but we’ll try our best. We went to the July Vegan Shop Up at Moo Shoes in New York, and it was great. We met a bunch of cool people, saw some new vegan shoes, and ate a bunch of great food. Here’s some of what we saw!
Wow, it’s been almost a month since my last confession. I must repent. Seriously, I am really sorry for the long hiatus. I pledge to be more diligent on the vegan shoe vine. As spring finally arrives, there should be no shortage of kicks to preview. Here’s a quick hitter:
Keep’s Hemp Pack features sustainably grown, pesticide free unbleached hemp uppers with natural gum sole. Personally, I would have preferred a darker brown sole, but the overall lightness of it would be diminished I suppose. The hemp pack features three models, pictured above and below: the Shaheen, Benten, and Homer.
Available here at Keep.
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.
Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, or any animal person, you can’t go wrong with the newly released Homer Kitty and Puppy pack by Keep. With the obsession people (us included) have of our pets, we’re surprised there isn’t more animal print out there in the shoe world. Well, maybe some of you would be embarrassed. But WE wouldn’t be afraid to let the world know of our animal love. Besides, these prints are adorable. Hope they continue to keep going with the animal themes. After all, it’s not just us vegans/vegetarians who can’t get enough of these furry little guys.
A duck pack doesn’t sound nearly as hard as, well, almost any other kind of animal pack. But we’re still proud to be repping these new additions from Keep to their fall 2013 collection. Catch a pair of these and keep your feet dry. They feature a water-resistant canvas and quilted brown vegan microsuede. Great color and material combination here. Oh, and they also feature nylon cord laces and antique brass eyelets, in case you’re a stickler for details.
Both Ramos and Benten available in cadet and navy colorways. Click on pics for links to the shop.