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eS Holiday Vegan Shoes for 2010

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The Christmas hits keep coming!   Looks like eS (sorry I don’t know how to put the little mark over the e) is looking out for their small (but inevitably growing) market of vegans.  I remember when I was a kid (now very long ago) and I had my first pair of Eric Kostons.  But I got the worst color way, the soles weren’t grippy at all.  Totally unskateable!  Those were the days.  They sorta still make them, I think – see Lakai Koston 1.

Anyway, according to their site,  it looks like they are offering a total of five vegan shoes, 100% synthetic.   My personal favorite is the First Blood in B/W (pictured above).  But I have to say, I kinda like them all.  Props to Rick McCrank, another skater vegan, and his pro model, the Avers.  It looks really comfy and built to last.  Also, the Square One is nice, I loved the Accel.  The two non-standouts I would say are the Breeze, which looks like a tank of a shoe, and Cessner, which looks like your typical griptape fodder.  See pics below, and click for more colorways.

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Huf x Nike SB Blazer (Canvas)

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This collabo was released in November, but when I came upon it I had to post.  If there was a pair of kicks I would describe as the ideal, it would be these.  Why?  Because 1) They are classic basketball sneakers which will never go out of style; 2) They’re also a skate shoe designed by the guys at Huf, a great skateboard shop in SF and who’ve had their hands in numerous dope collaborations; 3) They are bare– stripped down to its essential elements – the fabric, the two colors, and minimal branding; 4) THEY’RE VEGAN!

What else could you ask for?  Get some.  The best price I found was the black colorway on Premier for $80, and the white at Pure for $85.  They are also widely available on Ebay for around the same price.

Oh, and complementing the pack are two tees, snap-back caps and tailored 50’s inspired work jackets.  See pictures at Sneaker Freaker.

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New Vans Chukka Low by In4mation

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Hawaiian skate and surf brand In4mation and Vans comes correct with a clean and bold red and demin low version of the Chukka.  I am a huge fan of the Chukka Boot, and I hope they come out with this in that model.  Anyway, this one uses a royal blue canvas for the upper, and features some striking red laces and sole stripe.  It also has a gum sole and houndstooth inner lining!

For more info, check out Nice Kicks.

The shoe drops on Dec. 12 at In4mation retailers for a reasonable $85.   Quantities will be limited so don’t wait!

Also, if you’re interested in some denim slip-ons, check out the Sperry Top-Sider Striper.

NOTE: I am waiting on Vans to confirm that their canvas/denim shoes are in fact vegan.  Please comment or email me if you have any information on this matter.

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Hawaiian skate and surf brand In4mation and Vans comes correct with a clean and bold red and demin low version of the Chukka.  I am a huge fan of the Chukka Boot, and I hope they come out with this in that model.  Anyway, this one uses a royal blue canvas for the upper, and features some striking red laces and sole stripe.  It also has a gum sole and houndstooth inner lining!

The shoe drops on Dec. 12 at In4mation retailers for a reasonable $85.   Quantities will be limited so don’t wait!

Also, if you’re interested in some denim slip-ons, check out the Sperry Top-Sider Striper.

NOTE: I am waiting on Vans to confirm that their canvas/denim shoes are in fact vegan.  Please comment or email me if you have any information on this matter.

The “Collaboration” – Ed Templeton x No Age x Emerica

Emerica No Age Collaboration

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Fellow vegans Ed Templeton and experimental rock band No Age have er, collaborated to design this sweet skate shoe the Collaboration, which dropped in October.   This hi-top is a subtle grey, with the band tag on the tongue, inner lining, and outsole sporting some green, yellow, and red highlights.  Of course, it wouldn’t be on this blog if it weren’t made out of all synthetic (plu organic)  materials!

I know that Ed Templeton has been a longtime outspoken vegan, and probably has had multiple signature models that were vegan.  But an indie band coming out with a shoe?  The only musicians I know in the sneaker game have been the likes of 50 Cent and G-Unit (and various other entrepreneurial rappers).  Is this a good thing?  Absolutely.  Any time a non-leather shoe drops is definitely a great thing for those of us looking for compassionate alternatives.

Also, check out the Laced (pictured below), which is another vegan low top (which looks just like the Vans Old Skool) but rocks a crazy green spray painted outsole design, and a paint splattered sole.  Not really my bag, but that’s just me.  Check it…

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Both sneakers are available at Millenium Shoes.

For more pictures of both, check out Sneakerfiles.

For more info about No Age’s veganism, check out this article.