I have an admission: I wear wool. #gasp. I own a bunch of sweaters, ties, and coats before I made “the switch,” and I can’t bear to throw them out. I want to replace everything, but apart from the money, it has been hard finding vegan clothes suitable for the office. A particularly vexing issue has been trying to find a replacement for my wool overcoat. The choice for acceptable, cruelty free winter coats is surprisingly limited, even more so than shoes. Even if you can find a nice synthetic coat, it’s often filled with down. I figured I can’t be the only one who is having trouble with this, so I thought this would be a good time to launch the first in a series of What We Wear – clothes you need, but have a hard time going vegan with.
Winter is here, so best make sure you’re ready for the elements. We have put forth a variety of vegan boots here, from the functional to not so functional, warm and insulated to thin uppers. Some are just on here because well it’s an excuse to buy a pair of boots. But we found so many on our first sweep that we have to break it up into two articles. This is a good thing, there’s more out there than ever before for the animal friendly shopper. We hope that there’s something here for everyone. Happy viewing and stay tuned next week for Part 2!
Today’s vegan boots will not win any awards for style. I can picture some of you are either shaking your heads or making a sour face right now. Stooop. If you’ve been here before, you know how we do. We put out the good and sometimes the ugly (never bad). Vegan shoes come in all shapes and forms, and we have to embrace the diversity! How slick do you need a black rubber boot to be anyway? When you are trudging through the snow, or you work outdoors in winter weather, how much of this does it all matter? If you really want to go for style over substance, I would check this list out.
I was downright psyched when I started reading about the feature rich Bogs Classic Ultra Mid 2 (for men). It’s waterproof, with a 4 way booty construction with a natural rubber overlay. It’s warm because it’s got 7 mm of neotech fiber. And it’s comfy because it has a European last – narrower in the heel, wider in the toe. Sure beats a plain old rubber rain boot like this one.
UPDATE 12/18/12: After several readers alerted me to this mistake, I confirmed with Sorel that the 1964 Premium T Canvas boot does contain leather at the tongue and heel. I was misinformed by the first customer rep and I thought he was pretty clear on it. But thank you everyone who is keeping a watchful eye on us and keeping us honest!
Winter is here! Er, well, has been here, officially. But the weather has been so mild, an effect of in an unseasonably warm and unpredictable season thus far in the New York City area. Thanks to a notorious tropical storm, things we take for granted, like seasons, seem to be a thing of the past. Thanks a lot, global warming. Oh wait, this is our fault. Ugh. But because the weather has been so jumpy lately we need to be prepared for the worst, and you never know when it could get cold and snowy.
Enter Sorel. This Canadian company has been keeping feet warm and dry since 1962. Initially I wanted to feature exclusively the Sorel 1964 Premium T Canvas Boot, pictured above. But unfortunately it is NOT 100% VEGAN. It is, however, almost. I got on the phone with a very helpful customer service rep to check on this, and he confirmed that while the boot contains no leather, it does contain some sort of animal by-product in the glue. Gah. So, for those of you out there who do not draw that hard line, you might want to consider this as an option.