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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


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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Nike Update

Hey everyone, got a quick but important Nike update for you.  Unfortunately, they no longer maintain a list of animal free, vegan shoes.  They have represented to us in the past that certain shoes we inquired into were in fact vegan, but it appears that this is no longer the case.  Please see below for the response from one of their representatives:

Hello Henry,

My name is Dave and I am a Nike Running Pro. I too am a plant powered runner and I would be glad to lend a hand with this question. While we no longer maintain a current Non-Animal footwear list, we do advise consumers who are contentious of this experience to look for shoes that feature synthetic leather, mesh, or other non-full grain leather materials. Typically speaking, the Running and Cross Training silos are great places to start. This is because shoes that are designed to be lightweight will usually not include full grain leather…

Best regards,

Nike Pro Services

In summary, if you are the type that doesn’t care about the glue, then Nike is still an option for you.  For us, we are going to have to boycott Nike right now until they can certify at least some of their products are entirely vegan.  This is unfortunate, as there appears to be a dwindling selection for us in the sneaker world.  You would think that as time passed, there would be a reflection in the business community about the rising awareness of animal cruelty in their products.  Unfortunately, we have yet to reach a tipping point where this is universally acknowledged by the mainstream as a genuine concern.

We encourage all VK readers and animal lovers to reach out to their favorite brands and ask the simple question – why?  Why do you continue to use animal materials in your products?  If you don’t know what your shoes are made of, why is that the case?  Perhaps that is the most troubling answer of all, and points to an even darker aspect of globalized, outsourced manufacturing – you can’t even tell us what this is made out of!  We are disappointed in these big labels; one by one, they continue to be vague and insensitive to our concerns.  Fortunately, we have a growing number of smaller companies who are willing to stand up for something other than pure fashion.  We encourage you to check out our archives for the small guys who are blazing the path to a more ethical, animal friendly future.

– Henry

Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka

Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka 1

This week’s pick comes courtesy of Nike with its Lunar Flyknit Chukka.  We’ve been trying to do something with  Flywire or Flyknit models, and better late than never.  From what we’ve seen, most of these shoes are performance based.  It’s refreshing to see the new materials being used in this retro application, though of course with a futuristic twist here.  Of course, you are paying quite a hefty price tag for all those bells and whistles.

I won’t go into too much detail about Flyknit, but here’s a great article with some videos explaining the technology.  As for the materials, rest assured none of the upper is made of leather or other animal materials.  In fact, these joints are so highly engineered that the uppers are reportedly made out of a single thread of some synthetic material.

Available at District.

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Nike Solarsoft Moccasin

Nike Solarsoft Blue

This one is for me who are also big fans of the Nike Roshe Run.  Much like its counterpart, the Solarsoft Moccasin sports a mesh and synthetic leather upper, plus a chukka like silhouette.  It also features a “solarsoft” footbed and a waffle sole for comfort and grip.  It comes in a variety of colors but here are a couple that are bit more bright, perfect for summer.  Plus, the price is right!

Available at Urban Outfitters and Zappos.  Click on the image for the landing page.  More pics after the jump!

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Nike Free Huarache Light

Nike Free Huarache Light Black Team Orange

The Nike Free series fields a number of really nice, functional sneakers of the running variety.  The Nike Free Huarache Light happens to be one of my favorites at the moment.  Combining the Nike Free technology with the 90’s throwback Huarache upper, both styles are distinct but combine effortlessly.  The Light features a mesh upper with synthetic overlays, and a distinct plastic ringed lacing system.

Available in the three pictured colors (neutral grey, black, and light black team orange) at Premier.

Nike Free Huarache Light Black

Nike Free Huarache Light Grey


Denim Kicks

I was inspired to make a list of some dope denim kicks for you all after reading about the soon to be released Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III (pictured above).  Unfortunately, I can’t gather enough intel about this shoe to determine whether the swooshes are leather or not, but got a list of some other choice picks which have no leather in the upper.  I’m not sure whether these are 100% vegan, I haven’t vetted them all with regard to the glue.  But if any of you guys own a pair, or know, please leave a comment.  Thanks and enjoy!

Source: Nice Kicks

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Nike Air Max 1 Canvas Blue


This is a sweet catch for all you Nike Air Max fans out there.  Full on canvas releases are few and far between so we’ll have to take what we can get.  I spotted these at Urban Outfitters a little while back so they aren’t brand new, but they’re still available so get them while you still can – and if you like this bright blue colorway.  Holler!

Available at Urban Outfitters.  More Pics after the jump

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