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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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Macbeth Vegan Roundup November 2014

Macbeth Matthew
Matthew

We recently checked in on Macbeth and were impressed with their expanded selection of vegan shoes.  They got a nice showing, with some synthetic leather high tops as well as some trainers that look suspiciously like the Saucony Jazz Low Pro.  Of course, they have their canvas staples like the Eliot.

Pictured here are all men’s models, which are available at Zappos. Unfortunately only women’s vegan model here is the Eliot.  Click the images for a direct link to the site.

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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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Peta2 x Macbeth Gatsby

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Readers of this blog probably are aware that Macbeth makes vegan shoes, and if you don’t know what Peta is, well we have no idea how you are on this site right now.  But what is new is that they’ve recently teamed up to design and promote a version of Macbeth’s Gatsby shoe.  This model is animal free, featuring grey canvas and red laces, as well as an image of Peta2’s “Not a Nugget” character on the insole.

What’s also interesting is that the shoe is released in conjunction with a cruelty free footwear and clothing campaign called “The First Step.”  They’ve garnered the support of bands and musicians to encourage [young] people to abstain from buying leather and other animal goods – this Macbeth shoe is a good place to start.  For me, you can’t really go wrong with a grey canvas sneaker.  And Macbeth has always offered vegan shoes, so we here at VK give them big ups.  We would like to see them convert their entire catalog to cruelty free, but still, thanks for spreading the word and keep up the good work!

The Peta2 x Macbeth Gatsby in grey canvas is available at Journeys.  For more pics click here. (also more after the jump)

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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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We haven’t been giving Macbeth much props on this site and I think that’s about to change.  Their shoes were a little bland for us before, but they’re upping their game now, putting out more sophisticated and varied selections.  Still they manage to stay true to their laid back, musical roots.

Currently we’re feeling the Matthew by Macbeth.  This vegan shoe is made out of (some) recycled canvas, and sports a low profile vulcanized look.  This is a pretty basic fare, but as such has broad appeal.  Unfortunately, the two-toned models are available only in suede, so you’re stuck with these three colorways (for now).  Hopefully they’ll expand the canvas line, but for now, enjoy these!

Black/Green and Black/white available at Zappos, dark grey/white available at Macbeth.

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Macbeth McQueen

Tired of wearing only one brand *cough, Vans* slip on?  Give this Macbeth McQueen a look.  It’s sporting a low profile EVA sole, and has a textured insole, which has to be better than whatever Vans slaps on in there.  As a shout out to their musician centric perspective, peep the little metal guitar pick on the tongue.

Available in red and black at Macbeth

Source: Sneaker Freaker

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MacBeth Schubert x Mike Dirnt; Mark O’Connell; Matt Fazzi

Macbeth Schubert Mike Dirnt
Macbeth Schubert Mike Dirnt

I’m too tired to write much of anything tonight.  Apologies.  Fortunately for  my lazy ass, I don’t have to!  Here is my man Chris, who reached out to me to help promote these collabos:

“Each season Macbeth collaborates with different artists for the Studio Project to design shoes that reflect their individual personality and sense of creativity . For Fall 2010, Macbeth teamed up with Mike Dirnt of Green Day. He chose to recreate the popular Schubert hi-top completely out of synthetic materials. He wanted to create something comfortable, yet a stylish black sneaker that he could wear on stage, on the red carpet, or to grab some coffee. This design, like that before it, is 100% vegan and features a custom water-based synthetic adhesive.  The Schubert isn’t, however, just another eco-friendly project: the design offers increased ankle support and a low profile vulcanized outsole with advanced vegan materials for a unique and comfortable sneaker.  Also part of the Studio Project, Taking Back Sunday’s members Matt Fazzi and Mark O’Connell also chose to redesign the Schubert sneaker completely out of vegan materials.

Some of these are available on presale by logging on to maxim and clicking the MacBeth pre-sale under “stuff”.  You can also cop the Mike Dirnt joints and view other pictures of the Studio Project here.

Macbeth Schubert Mark O'Connell
Macbeth Schubert Mark O’Connell
Macbeth Schubert Matt Fazzi