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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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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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Reebok Deep Range II

I am a huge basketball fan.  I used to play all the time, and I love the NBA and March Madness.  (On a side note, I am also a New Jersey Nets fan.  I know, what’s wrong with me right?  On Monday my friend is taking me to meet the team because he is a season ticket holder.  I initially refused just because I thought it’d be the most depressing thing ever, but hey when am I ever going to meet some NBA players in person?).

Anyway, basketball sneakers have this strange allure about them.  Ever since Jordan and Spike Lee teamed up, it became such a cult phenomenon where people actually think their sneaks made them jump higher and play better (remember Dee Brown and the Pumps?  I had to buy the LA Gear ones because the Reeboks were too expensive).  Well, they never cease to fascinate me to this day.  Every time I go to a sneaker store, I am amazed by the crazy design and technology pumped into this bunch.  One thing I can never figure out is what they are made of.  Nowadays synthetic materials seem to be everywhere, but I sense that most leather looking shoes are actually leather.  And none are ever marketed as vegan.

But check it out, this Reebok Men’s Deep Range II shoe is definitely not made of leather.  (vegan?  Not sure, but let’s go with a no).  Still, there has to be something to it.  Peta gave it an award!

I’m not a huge fan of these, but they get the job done and are affordable.  I would personally prefer shelling out a  few more bucks for the likes of a Kobe Zoom or Lebron Max, but hey, us ethical consumers can’t be too picky here.

Other notable mentions from said Peta article: Nike Hyperize, ASICS GEL-Crossover, and Adidas TS Lightspeed T-Mac.  These all deserve a post of their own!