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Vegan Shoes Take Over the World?

Some of you might remember that last summer, I blogged about the top 10 places to find vegan women’s shoes. Well, proving once again that when it comes to fashion—as with most things—vegans are ahead of the curve, the Wall Street Journal recently ran an article all about fashionable vegan footwear!

The authors of the article gave the thumbs up to cruelty-free pumps, boots, and flats by Olsenhaus, Neuaura, Stella McCartney, and Toms, schooling the Wall Street Journal’s more than 2 million readers in the virtues of vegan fashion. (Yes, I said 2 million—it is the second largest paper in the country, after all!)

No doubt, we’ll be hearing more buzz about vegan footwear (and cruelty-free fashion in general) as savvy shoppers seek out “green” additions to their wardrobe. Vegan products are pretty much synonymous with eco-chic—environmentally friendly style that is taking fashion magazines and runways by storm.

Unlike leather products, vegan shoes, belts, and bags don’t require harmful chemicals to keep them from, um, decomposing. Leather is also an environmental no-no because tanneries pollute groundwater and streams and because raising animals for their flesh and skin wastes massive amounts of resources—not to mention that it sentences animals to cruel deaths!

Are you still scuffing around in the skins of dead animals? Maybe it’s time to get in step with fashion—and compassion—and treat your feet to a pair of pleather shoes!

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  • kkrcita says:

    GIRLS FROM ARGENTINA! do you really think it’s hard to buy non leather shoes around here? leather shoes in argentina are extremely expensive, and they’re not sold everywhere :/ I really dont understand you :/

  • Elizabeth Aldam says:

    I`m stuck in Argentina,land of beef and leather…I`m a vegetarian who asks …is there a place here where I can get these vegan shoes?

  • carolinahinal says:

    hi good thing that there a shoes now that will not used leather from animals. im from manila philippines, where can i buy a vegal footwer and other stuff

  • beth says:

    Hello – cowgirl here! Where can I get some vegan cowgirl boots? And I need the real deal, built-to-last boots but I refuse to get leather ones! All the cutie pie shoes are GREAT, but someone needs to represent the cowboys and cowgirls without the cows dying for it!

  • Karen says:

    Hi, Alloy has some nice and inexpensive man-made boots and shoes. Also, there are sites that sell Stella McCartney shoes at a discount (try http://www.yoox.com/item.asp?cod10=44150796&TP=11227).

  • Alicia says:

    Thanks for the mention Lindsay.
    Steve, we have a nice range of men’s shoes though a little low on stock with new AW range arriving within the month.
    Were are based in London, UK so do pop by and see us here or visit online, http://www.bboheme.com
    Thanks.

  • Rose says:

    Cruelty-free/non-animal skin footwear need not say “vegan” to be so. Nor do you have to shop at exclusively “vegan” stores…although it is great to support stores that are, they can often be very costly. Like the difference between shopping for organic/veg foods at a specialty store vs. a reg grocery store. It’s usually more expensive for the same item at a “natural foods” supermarket compared to a reg one. Stores like Target and Payless carry a very good selection of cruelty-free casual and dress shoes…for both men & women…(I agree w/ you Steve). It just takes dedication and determination (not always easy for everyone) and ALWAYS read labels…yes they can be decieving…do research. Good Luck =)
    Peace

  • Kristin says:

    hey everyone, i recently found out that i wear a size 13 in womens US sizing D: ive been a very dedicated vegetarian for almost 3 years and it kills me that i can only find leather or suede shoes in my size. can anyone help me?

  • Steve says:

    Enough about women’s shoes — the men’s shoe market is completely overlooked in this article, and it’s frustrating!
    How about a balanced article to entice your entire audience?

  • Jiky Perez Delgado says:

    I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Please tell me some place near Buenos Aires to buy vegan shoes.
    Thank you!!!
    Jiky

  • Paula says:

    There is a new web store that sell vegan shoes. Take a look at http://www.nae-vegan.com

    Thanks!

  • Linda says:

    So, if a shoe says manmade, it’s okay to buy?? I’m new to this stuff.
    Thanks!

  • Judith Jabour says:

    Another way to find vegan shoes is through on-line store catalogs. They list the individual make-up of every shoe. You can also look inside of a shoe: it will say ‘leather’ or ‘man-made.’

  • Soheila Rowe says:

    I am very happy to hear about this.

    Please tell me where i can buy Vegan shoes and bags.
    I live in South coast of Englan(uk)

    Bravo, for your wonderful efforts,and thankyou.

    Soheila Rowe

  • Amie says:

    This is a fantastic article! “Going green” is so trendy right now that even people who are unconcerned about the plight of animals may invest in vegan fashion. This is a huge victory for PETAs everywhere. And Jessica, thank you for the website. What a great resource!

  • Jessica says:

    I’m so happy there are more and more affordable and cute options is vegan footwear! I can’t afford the Stella shoes but have found some great bargains at Vegan Chic http://www.veganchic.com. They have tons of selection and they are affordable. You can get handbags and belts too!

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