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Vegan Shoe Policies 2015 by Vegan8

Vegan8 Logo

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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Central Park, Vegan Kicks


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.

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Unstitched Utilities Interview

Unstitched Utilities Next Day QT High Black

For the second installment of our Unstitched Utitilities feature, we had the pleasure of talking with co-founder Jack Steinweis for the scoop on how it all began, their use of vegan materials, and plans for thefuture.  We’ve also put together some more photos of their Next Day Hi QT in Black.  Enjoy! [You can find our previous post here]

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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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Unstitched Utilities Next Day Mid and Hang Up Demi

Hang Up Demi Navy
Next Day Mid White

It’s been a while since I last wrote about Unstitched Utilities, which is a shame because it’s one of a handful of innovative, environmentally friendly and vegan shoe companies out there.  I have featured the Next Day Low before, which features a unique recycled Tyvek upper.  It resembles crinkled paper, but is strong and lightweight.  As some of you know I’m a big fan of mids, and these immediately caught my eye.

For guys, you can get the Next Day Mid in a slew of colors (more pictured below).  For gals, the Hang Up Demi is available in white, navy, and grey.  I actually prefer the design of the Hang Up Demi as it is chukka style rather than the Next Day Mid, a Chuck Taylor inspired design.  Unfortunately the Hang Up Demi is not available as in as many colors.  More pics after the jump!

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Unstitched Utilities: Next Day Low

We here at Vegan Kicks love to find out about new companies and brands who sorta come out of nowhere and do big, game changey thangs.  It’s pretty exciting, especially when it’s an all-vegan company.  Or even if their not, offering up an interesting alternative works for us too..

A few days ago, we wrote about Good Guys, who are soon to be putting out some sweet vegan oxfords and boots.  Following a different aesthetic, but no less money, is Unstitched Utilities.  Instead of going the fake leather route, they are experimenting with materials I’ve never seen used in footwear before.   [Note that unlike Good Guys, Unstitched is not a “vegan” brand].

Ever heard of Tyvek?  I see it frequently, because my parents are remodeling their house.  Builders, before they put up the siding on a house, cover it with a layer of this stuff.  It pretty much acts much like a tarp.   Unstitched uses Tyvek in the uppers in some of their shoes, like this one, the Next Day Low.   This Chuck-like shoe is very plain in design, but the fabric really makes it stand out.  It has a crinkled paper appearance.  But they claim that the material is tougher than leather.  You can love it or hate it, but you can’t knock the experimentation.  As a bonus, these shoes have the eco cred, since the Tyvek is made out of recycled material.

More pics after the jump!

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