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!
Continue reading Vegan Shoe Policies 2015 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.
Continue reading Vegan Shoe Policies 2014 by Vegan8
A few weeks ago, we shot some really great photos out by the Bridge. Finally putting them up! We were so lucky to get hooked up with amazing clothes from our friends at Three Leaves. And we’re thrilled to show off all this great stuff. Unfortunately, I had to model some of the shoes, so you’ll have to subjected to my ashy ankles.
Pictured above are the Veja Mediterranee (Camel White) and Taua (California Blood). As we wrote in our preview, Veja uses organic cotton canvas, rubber from rubber trees (not synthetic), and fair trade labor. OF course these are vegan.
For more photos, check out the full blog post at Three Leaves. For more info on products, click on images.
Continue reading Summer in the City 2014
And we’re back! What better way to embrace the summer and the World Cup than some fresh kicks from Veja? Made sustainably and in fair trade conditions, the vegan Taua and Mediterranee show that there’s more to Brazil than Futbol and Samba. We’ve already featured these, but we like them so much that we had to bring them back. Plus we finally got on Instagram and had to put up some of the dope pictures we took of them in the wild. There’s so much to like about these shoes – the cotton is organic, and the rubber is actual rubber from the tree (not the synthetic kind that is cheaper but petroleum based). Oh, and they are dope, with simple clean lines and low profiles.
These two vegan models are available at Three Leaves (with some colorways on sale). Be careful though, not all the Veja shoes you might see elsewhere are vegan. This is unfortunate as we wish they would take into account the serious ethical and environmental concerns with raising and slaughtering cattle and using their skin for leather. Hopefully, companies like this will see the error in their ways and go full vegan in the future. Until then we believe it is important to support these progressive businesses for taking the risk and actually making animal and environmentally friendly products.
More pics after the jump!
Continue reading Veja Taua & Mediterranee
Our friends at Three Leaves have released their Lookbook for Spring 2014, and as usual there are some great finds there. Check it out, there is an excellent assortment of stylish tees, button downs, shorts, and lightweight jackets. As always, Three Leaves products are all either fair trade, vegan, environmentally friendly, or all of the above.
In addition to the vegan shoes they already have, Three Leaves recently got in several colorways to the Etnies Dapper, pictured below in black and multicolor. We here at VK are always fans of skate shoes and Etnies (and Emerica) are at the top of our list. These Dapper shoes are made in a pretty similar mold to the Vans Authentic with a slim low profile, but we dig the black on black sole, and the cool variegated herringbone pattern that is colorful yet not too flashy. Plus, the Dapper is part of Etnies’ Buy a Shoe Plant a Tree Program, which is exactly what it sounds like – you buy a shoe, they plant a tree in a part of the world which really needs it. Win win!
OH and we almost forgot to mention – COUPON CODE ALERT!!! For 30% off of all shoes at Three Leaves, enter the code VEGANKICKS. I addition to Etnies, Three Leaves is currently carrying Veja, Novacas, and Brave Gentleman. This coupon will only last until Friday, April 18th so get your kicks now before this huge promotion runs out!
Continue reading Three Leaves Spring 2014 Lookbook + Etnies Dapper + 30% DISCOUNT CODE!
UPDATE 9/24/12: Three Leaves just put these kicks on sale, over 50% OFF. Get some before your size runs out!
Summer is over for most of us, but it’s not too late to get into some boat shoes. The Mediterranee by Veja is a nice twist on the boat shoe, with a large contrasting panel running down the midfoot. This shoe is vegan (as all Veja shoes are to my understanding), made of fair trade cotton and spandex, plus water based glues. It’s also got some serious eco credentials – the organic cotton is from Ceara, Brazil, and the rubber is sourced from the Amazon restoration project.
Available in colors Ice Marinho and Navy London at my new favorite shop, Three Leaves. This online men’s clothier, started in 2012 and based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, sells exclusively cruelty free, environmentally aware, socially responsible clothing, footwear and accessories. I immediately wanted to buy everything in there. The stuff is high quality but not pretentious, a sweet spot that is difficult to hit nowadays (for me anyway). Basically if you’re in my demographic, this place is for you. As they put it, “Three Leaves aims to be the source for ethical fashion for the man who lives without compromise.” Check out wethreeleaves.com.
More pics of the Mediterranee after the jump! Oh and note that the Veja Taua (also featured here), also available at Three Leaves, is vegan (available in grey black and dirty sky). The V branding on the side panel is synthetic leather. Enjoy!
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Fall is coming pretty fast where I am so maybe it’s a bit late for yet another pair of thin sneakers. Hopefully you live someplace where that’s not a problem or you just want some options for next summer. Also, there has been a discussion that Vegan Kicks needs a morale boost.
We listen and bring you Veja.
So far there is only one vegan model, the Taua Cotton (note that Taua also comes in a leather version). If you think that less is more, the simple design of the Taua should make you buy a pair of these clean sneakers. The canvas is made from organic cotton grown in Brazil by local families who live from organic farming while the soles are made from wild latex from the Amazon. The shoes are produced in a factory in Vale dos Sinos, in the south of razil, where workers rights are respected and extra hours are paid. I think this is as good as it gets if you’re looking for all around ecological and socially responsible shoes.
Extra bonus, if someone asks you about the “V” on the side of the shoe, you could easily claim that it stands for Vegan!