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Men’s Vegan Shoe of the Month: Sneakers

The following article was written by former PETA intern and current vegan fashion finder Jared Misner.

During the first month of school, hallways are notoriously transformed into miniature runways, where summer fashions become fall’s fashion forwards. But really, any time is a good time to make your feet look good. And as Labor Day is left behind and autumn signals the return of worldwide fashion weeks, treat yourself to your own fashion week. I’ll do the shopping. All you have to do is cough up the cash and actually get up and go get a pair (or three) of these vegan kicks. Sneakers sans skins for men are some of the easiest shoes to find as companies realize that the demand for cruelty-free footwear continues to grow.

When sneakers this nice are this easy to find, there is no excuse to support the leather industry—an industry that every year brutally slaughters 1 billion cows, including some cows who are skinned alive or dismembered while they are still conscious.

If you like to inspire double-takes, check out the following:


Adidas Mega Torsion RVI:$80

Van’s TRI Binding Authentic: $42

Or do you prefer the classic look?

Adidas Nizza Hi: $50

Keds Champion: $50
 

Skaters, wake up. Here are the shoes for you:

Etnies Barge: $60

Etnies Devine Mid: $70

 

And hipsters, here are the shoes to fit your fancy. I have two pairs of Chuck Taylors kickin’ it in my closet, so this might be a slightly personal endorsement. 


Keds Stripes Chukka: $39.95 (sale price)

Converse All Star Vintage Wash: $50

Which style of sneakers do you prefer for telling everyone that you won’t tolerate cows being killed for “fashion”? Eye-catching or classic? Let me know in a comment below!

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  • Ashley-P says:

    Thanks for posting your concerns. By purchasing vegan products from not-completely vegan companies, we are part of the free-market process of supply and demand that leads to even more vegan products and greater shelf space for them. This leads to more nonvegans noticing and trying vegan products, and it helps make vegan options more mainstream. :) Not everyone is aware of online vegan stores, but even those are not 100% vegan. While these online purveyors offer a plethora of products that can be purchased in the comfort of our home and shipped right to our door, the process is still not 100 percent vegan. How’s that possible? Here’s one example: The UPS delivery person gets paid in part by us for making our delivery, which means that we might very well be helping to pay for his or her next chicken dinner. Now that’s food for thought! :)

  • Ethical Rights says:

    Brandon, I think you’re absolutely right. Behind these companies there is cruelty. I have seen lists of brands that are cruel to animals and it was adidas. Adidas has been done (and chutzpah) and has been a small business sector in making a model, two or three, vegan, and extending the business and sales. The amazing thing is that PETA publish it as something cool.

  • N.M.L.S. says:

    Very well said John! Bravo!
    Also, I’ve recently discovered Vegetarian shoes from the U.K.
    They’re a small co., started 10 yrs. ago and they have a wide range of styles… all animal, most eco friendly and they actually have a version they call Airseal and look identical to Dr. Martin’s !! Great stuff!

    A BIGGGGGG F.Y.I. EVERYONE Dr. Martin’s are no longer made in the U.K.!!!! They cost just as much and are now produced in Thailand, DISGUSTING!!!!!!

  • N.M.L.S. says:

    Very well said John! Bravo!
    Also, I’ve recently discovered Vegetarian shoes from the U.K.
    They’re a small co., started 10 yrs. ago and they have a wide range of styles… all animal, most eco friendly and they actually have a version they call Airseal and look identical to Dr. Martin’s !! Great stuff!

    A BIGGGGGG F.Y.I. EVERYONE Dr. Martin’s are no longer made in the U.K.!!!! They cost just as much and are now produced in Thailand, DISGUSTING!!!!!!

  • John says:

    It’s disingenuous to promote Adidas shoes of any kind. I love a lot of the work that PETA does, but its continuing infatuation with shallow, fashion-obsessed youth culture is unsustainable.

    Yes, young people are most likely to be vegan, but if you want to make veganism something people can commit to for a lifetime, you need to be very careful about what types of behaviors you encourage, especially in terms of what businesses to support.

    There are little companies making vegan shoes, clothing, and accessories in non-sweatshop environments. Please encourage your followers to support these companies, not companies like Adidas.

  • brandon says:

    While these shoes might be vegan- the companies behind them certainly are not. You can find 100% organic cotton and sustainable shoes on http://www.neerg.com (green spelled backwards) like these http://www.neerg.com/product/316/Ethletic-Olive-Green-High-top-Sneakers

  • Matthew says:

    I agree with N.M.L.S. and Angie, above.
    Another thing to consider is the environmental price we pay for plastics and other poisonous things. Both animals and humans suffer and will God forbid suffer a lot more in the future because of our gross plastics addiction.
    Any more biodegradable, vegan, fair-trade shoes out there?

  • Carolyn says:

    I love Vans and even where mens ones because my feet are pretty big. They feel better than leather shoes and the cows run free!

  • Carolyn says:

    I love Vans and even where mens ones because my feet are pretty big. They feel better than leather shoes and the cows run free!

  • Angie says:

    I don’t agree with posting some of the shoes as being ‘vegan/vegetarian’. What about the leather Adidas shoes? They DO have them you know.
    You can’t agree with that! That’s just picking what you want and not seeing the big picture.
    Pick the brands that produce shoes with ONLY natural fibres (in the whole collection) for instance.

  • N.M.L.S. says:

    I find this article VERY, very controversial ! How is it your article I just read on hazardous shrimp you show concern on “Slave Labor” / “unethical employers” and yet here you’re advertising for some of the most disgusting Slave driving cooperations that wear the big “Made in China/ Thailand/ Indonesia labels … it’s because you consider them vegan friendly? I think you need to decide really on what your priorities are and what messages you’re trying to promote?!!!!

  • Sandy Wright says:

    I was under the impression that adidas is in the habit of using kangaroo skins in their products. Because of that, I have not been purchasing anything from them. Does anyone know if this is still true?

  • D.A.L.B. says:

    All those brands also produce leather shoes and there all probably made by children in sweatshops in Asia. http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/ is the way to go or Sativa.

  • Kahlil Black says:

    Not to be picky, but since it’s not mentioned in the article, are these vegan in respect to the glue, too?

  • Jolie says:

    I love both of the Etnies! I find that canvas shoes are pretty easy to find but the man-made faux leather ones are great because it shows people how similar they are to sneakers made from the skin of cows. Whenever I am shopping, especially when I’m with my children, I speak out loud to show how excited I am to find some faux leather shoes and say how great it is that cows didn’t have to die for them!

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