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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 Vans Update July 2014

Vans Authentic Black
Vans Classic Authentic Black

New Vans vegan list!  Well, there’s not a whole lot new here.  It is pretty much the same as the last time we did this, but we thought we would give an update in case anyone was wondering, or for people new to the site.  As in the past, Vans has a decent selection of vegan shoes, but is still entirely arbitrary and confusing.  Why aren’t all the canvas models animal free?

Here’s the List:

Classic Authentic (Canvas Only)
Classic Era (Canvas Only)
Classic Slip-on  (Canvas Only)
Classic Zapato Del Barco (Canvas Only)
Zapato Lo Pro (Canvas Only)
Classic 106 Vulc (Canvas Only)
KVD (Canvas Only)

Custom Slip-on, Era & 106 Vulcanized (the Custom Old Skool is NOT vegan)

Old Skool Vegan (only if it states Vegan)
Sk8-Hi (True White colorway Only)
Rowley 99’s – (Black/Synthetic Only) – Limited Edition

Also, they may have additional styles available that would be Vegan-Friendly.  If you’re interested in a specific style not listed here, feel free to contact them at vanscustserv@vfc.com.  They are pretty responsive.

We were also contacted by a third-party telling us that Vans was going to launch a fully dedicated vegan and eco-friendly page on their site.  This was in May.  We still haven’t seen it, but when it does publish, we’ll spread the word.

Another interesting development, and many of you may have seen this already, is the Vans x ASPCA collaboration.  This pack features the Sk8 Hi, Authentic, and Slip on with collage cat and dog prints all over.  While our initial feelings were positive, the more we looked into it the more troubled we were by the whole thing.  First, the Sk8 Hi is most definitely NOT vegan, as it is suede (the Authentic and Slip On in this case are).  That they didn’t think about this shows the cognitive dissonance that inflicts mainstream animal ethics.  We see stuff like this, where people flaunt their obsession and support for certain animals, wear the dead skin of others at the same time, and not see the moral dilemma with that.  Second, there is no evidence that Vans is in any way donating any profits off the sale of the shoe to ASPCA!  What good are you doing, besides spreading “awareness”?  The cynic within us says profits first and last.  While it is all well and good to spread positive messages through commerce, it is another thing to blatantly profit off the imagery of animals without putting any real money behind it.  Just saying.  But hey, it’s cats and dogs on shoes, and people love that shit, including us.

We like Vans, but we also like Keep.  All their shoes are vegan, and they have cats and dog shoes as well.

So without further ado, here are the shoes!

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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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Vans Geoff Rowley Pro (reissue) – NOT VEGAN

UPDATE 1/19/13: I’ve been informed by Vans that these are NOT VEGAN.  Sucks, but at least it clears things up.  A lot of us, me included, just assumed these guys were animal free.  Apologies for jumping the gun, hope not too many of you went and bought some.  On the bright side, Vans reiterated that the Rowley 99 in black/synthetic are vegan.  You can get them at The House.

Vans Geoff Rowley Pro Black

Thanks Mike for this great tip.  We heard from Vans a while back that the Rowley 99’s in the black colorway (limited edition) was vegan, but it looks like they’ve reissued this classic skate shoe, now just the Geoff Rowley Pro in three different colorways: black/white/red, navy/white/royal, and red/white/grey.  We haven’t received confirmation from Vans whether any of them are vegan for sure, but I have word from several good sources that at the very least the upper is synthetic.  Upon a visual inspection, you can clearly tell that the material is all that matte synthetic leather that is common in our circles.  Whether the glues are vegan are another matter.  In any event I want to tread cautiously since there’s been a lot of contrary assertions out there that Rowley is not vegan, his shoes are not, etc.

I have already contacted Vans and will update when I receive info from them.  If you are confident in your convictions to buy now, they are available at Vans.com.

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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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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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Vans Authentic and 106 Hi

You’ve got to give it to Vans, they know how to spin off their classics.  Here, they have taken the tried and true Authentic and 106 to another level – literally.  Like they are trying to emulate, or one-up the Chuck Taylor Hi.  Well, it certainly caught my attention.  My first impression is that the mod works for the 106 more than the Authentic.  The silhouette looks evenly shaped and congruous.  The Authentic looks a little haphazard, a little too skinny on the ankles.  At least Vans gave you some crazy colorways though – check out the neon green and neon pink below!

Authentic Hi and 106 Hi (avoid the grey suede colorway) in canvas available at Zappos.

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Vans LXVI Collection Vegan Models

Vans has successfully expanded on its brand of classics with the successes of Vans OTW and California.  But none of those arguably depart more, visually and technologically, than the Vans LXVI (pronounced Vans 66).  Here we see them implementing newer methods of manufacturing to create something futuristic and more performance oriented.  Fortunately for us as well, this means a lot of synthetic materials.  The following shoes listed below have been confirmed by Vans to be vegan.  Enjoy!

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