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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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Winter Boot 2014 Roundup Part 2

Brave Gentleman Visionary Boot

Visionary Boot by Brave Gentleman, available at Vegan Chic

Here’s part 2 of our 2014 winter boot find.  This time around, we are emphasizing form over function.  We have no expectations regarding the warmth or water resistance of any of the dressier looking boots.  Most of them look seem they can handle some rain and some minor snow.  But a lot of these we wouldn’t advise using for real bad days.  We hope that between our two posts that you find something that is suitable to your needs.  Enjoy!

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Vegan Shoe Policies 2014 by Vegan8

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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 Shop Up New York City July 2014

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I spot some Brave Gentleman, Novacas, and Vegetarian Shoes

Unfortunately due to some technical difficulties we lost the content of our last post.  You know that feeling when you’re working on a paper or something on Word and you forget to hit save, and your computer crashes?  Well, this is maybe not that dramatic but nevertheless it’s one of those ARGH moments.

This is a re-do, it’s not going to have all the stuff that we originally put up, but we’ll try our best.  We went to the July Vegan Shop Up at  Moo Shoes in New York, and it was great.  We met a bunch of cool people, saw some new vegan shoes, and ate a bunch of great food.  Here’s some of what we saw!

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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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Winter Boot Roundup

Bogs Ultra Mid 2
Bogs Ultra Mid 2

This is so late in coming, but unfortunately it is far too often the case that we feature styles halfway or mostly through the appropriate season.  We weren’t even going to do this, but in New York (and the Midwest, South, Atlantic, and Northeast) we were just slammed with a brutal arctic chill and the first real snowstorm of winter.  Nothing like that 1-2 to knock you on your ass and think about the appropriate gear.

Today we’re featuring four of our favorite vegan winter boots.  We think that there is a decent amount of variety in this section to satisfy different tastes and needs.  At the most practical end is the Bogs Classic Ultra Mid 2, which will be able to handle more extreme weather conditions.  It’s waterproof, insulated, and comfortable.  I especially like the top handles and stretch bootie for easy access.  Similarly, the Kamik Hunter is a calf high waterproof rubber boot with an insulated liner.  A neat feature is the adjustable nylon collar at the top.

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Mo’ Boots

Happy New Year!  First, just wanted to say thank you to all you guys.  Thanks for reading, commenting, emailing me, and being part of this site.  I hope that we can continue to bring some good solid recommendations and keep carrying the vegan shoe flag, whatever that is.  All in all, 2012 was a great year for us – we had our first giveaway, and more readers than ever.  Let’s keep it jumping in the year twenty thirteen!

To kick off the new year, we present – more boots.  Now, I will admit that my previous two posts on boots may not have featured the most stylish boots out there right now.  But we have a diverse audience, so we’re looking out for everyone out there, even you “hippies” out there.  We know you’re out there, and we stand with you.

But today we’re going to push some more “fashionable” boots out there for those who wear them not necessarily for the weather.  Girls got their boots in a zillion different iterations, so why can’t we guys have some fun with this as well?  Here are a few of my choice picks for those of you who still can’t get enough winter stylins.

Doc Marten 8 Eye Boot

The always classic Doc Marten 8 Eye Boot, looking super clean here, available at Zappos and Planet Shoes.  Also available in Cherry Red and Purple Cambridge.

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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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Winter Boots 2011

This post is long overdue, considering we are already past Thanksgiving here in the States.  Under normal weather conditions, the air is hovering near freezing and the ground is hardening.  Cold rain falls, sometime turning into ice and sleet.  You could wake up to snow on any given day.  But this year has been unusually warm, at least out here in mid-Atlantic.  Aside from one freak snow storm, this fall has been mild and forgiving.  But that doesn’t mean the next few months won’t be nasty, wet and cold.  Of course, none of this applies to my friends living in colder climes.  You guys have to deal with way more shitty weather than us.  So this one is for all yall.

Being an inhabitant of a large city (without access to a personal automobile), one is keenly aware of daily weather conditions.  An unforeseen rain storm can leave you drenched, an unexpected cold front will leave you shivering.  Needless to say, we city dwellers, who actually have to walk and be exposed to the elements, are hypersensitive to the needs of our feet.  When the winter comes, we would like to keep them warm and dry.  As a child of the suburbs, I never bought or wore boots.  I somehow got away with wearing sneakers always.  Maybe that’s because I was a dense child, but when you have a car that can take you right to where you need to go, you don’t have to worry about being exposed for prolonged periods of time.

What I’m trying to get at is that a solid, warm, water-resistant (and of course stylish) boot is essential to any person’s shoe collection.  For your average person, getting a pair is as easy as going to your local sporting good store, or clicking a few times on Zappos.  For us, who are trying to abstain from leather and other animal products, this proves a more difficult task.  Now mind you, when I say difficult I don’t mean impossible, or even frustrating.  No, I mean difficult like there are so many great looking leather boots that it’s hard to resist buying a pair!

But do not fear.  Before you I present several stylish and functional alternatives to the leather boot paradigm.  Some are made by known vegan brands.  The others are not in that group but offer up alternative materials in common molds which would commonly use leather.

Click to see the shoes, I mean boots!

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Desert Boot, Vegetarian Shoes

Time for something classic?

If you need something else for the fall instead of sneakers, I think these desert boots from Vegetarian Shoes will do the trick.

Comes in three colors, all made out of vegetan fake suede, similar to real suede. A material that is soft, breathable and as with regular suede you should use some waterproofing spray for protection. They hold up well and the construction feels solid. I can actually vouch for these myself as I recently bought a pair of the dark brown.

For those of you on the other side of the pond, you can order these at Moo Shoes.

* Edit, photo update. My own pair.