Extra! Extra! Big news for shoe fanatics: From September 18 to October 2, SUSI Studio is offering shoppers 20% off of its current summer shoe collection. In addition to this fabulousness, 30% of the proceeds will be donated to PETA. That means that you’ll be shopping and helping animals at the same time. Kind of blows your mind, doesn’t it? And wait ’til you see these babies—they’re très chic and, most importantly, 100 percent cruelty-free. You don’t want to sleep on this sale! (Use promo code PETAlovesSUSI.)
Here are our favorite vegan shoes from SUSI Studio’s collection:
This classic black vegan patent leather Oxford is perfect for work, school, or a casual night out. The patent material catches the light, so you’ll turn heads no matter what the occasion.
Be a bombshell in these gingham beauties that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. See how Miley Cyrus pulled them off:
Burgundy and black work with different outfits, so why not buy both?
These sky-high Mary Jane heels are not for the faint of heart, but they’re perfect for a big night out.
These sexy, strappy heels are made from recycled microsuede and are available in black and burgundy.
Most leather comes from developing countries such as India and China, where animal-welfare laws either aren’t enforced or don’t exist. In the U.S., many of the millions of cows and other animals who are killed for their skins endure the horrors of factory farming—extreme crowding and deprivation as well as castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning—all without any painkillers.
The skins of alligators and snakes are also routinely used to make shoes. There are few laws to protect reptiles from abuse, and those that do exist often aren’t enforced. For example, although animals such as anacondas and crocodiles are protected by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species regulations, it’s estimated that for every animal who is killed legally for the exotic-skins trade, another will be illegally poached. In addition to being cruel, this industry is extremely wasteful: It can take the skins of four crocodiles to make a single bag.
The best way to make sure that you don’t support these abusive industries is to buy items made of only animal-free materials. For more information, check out our How to Wear Vegan feature.