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Vegan shoes – WTF?

August 16, 2009
Crocs Beach

Looks nice with a pencil skirt? Noooo

I’m sure it’s me, because I haven’t heard anyone else complaining about it recently, but what is the problem with shoe manufacturers that they don’t want to branch out into non-animal materials.  Sure, there are a few companies that do, but they tend to be the granola clunky shoes (like earth shoes) or beach shoes (like crocs and flip flops).  Once you start adding other needs to the shoe shopping, the choices become fewer and fewer.  Currently, I’m trying to find dress shoes with a little bit of a heel for work, vegan, size 8, without a pointy toe.  HAHAHAHA.

Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly stores that specialize in vegan footwear, but the selection is limited and the prices are high.  And, importantly, they are all mail order or online unless you happen to be very lucky and be near one (it seems that being in NYC or on the west coast helps out there).  While I’m willing to buy almost anything online, from tea to pajamas, I have a hard time with dress shoes.  I’ve been bitten one too many times shelling out the cash for a pair of dress shoes that arrives and is uncomfortable or just unwearable (and then I don’t return for a variety of reasons that would require a whole separate post to sort out).

So, off to the stores I go, where the sales clerks in the shoe section will inevitably look at me as if I have sprouted a second head when I ask if they have any vegan dress shoes.  After a few seconds of silence, I’ll explain that I mean non-leather and with no leather trim or other animal derived parts.  There will be more silence and then they will lead me to the one pair of extremely shiny patent leather Mary Janes that they have in the store and say “I think this is the only thing we would have.”  And, I’ll leave despondent.  It’s enough to make me really want to go shopping.   And, enough to make me wonder, what is our obsession with cloaking our feet in the skin of another mammal.  I mean, think about it.  Eeeew.  Whose bright idea was that?  And, maybe it made sense at some point, but so did smoking our meat, not having a refrigerator, and making heat with a fire.  Times change and we evolve.  Maybe it’s time to stop walking in dead cow.

Anyway, if you don’t mind shopping online for shoes, I suggest the following shops for your vegan/vegetarian shoe shopping pleasure!

MooShoes – http://www.mooshoes.com/

Pangea – The Vegan Store – http://www.veganstore.com/

Alternative Outfitters – http://www.alternativeoutfitters.com/

Vegan Chic – http://www.veganchic.com/

Regazzi Vegan – http://ragazzivegan.com/index.php

Yours in bare feet,

LBA

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2009 4:30 am

    Veganline.com is another – soon to get a new web site. There are non-pointy dress shoes in womens sizes but I think they belong in the chunky DM-like catagory as well. Unless you are size UK 3 but the firm that made those has gone bust! Veganline are about to change web sites so I can’t direct you to the right page, but it’s worth a look. Mail to Asia is about thirteen UK pounds or haggle.

    • VA permalink*
      August 17, 2009 9:28 am

      Thanks, John. I’ll check them out! I do love my old pregan Docs, and I wish they still made the veg. version, but they don’t look so hot with a skirt.

  2. Jessica permalink
    August 19, 2009 2:39 pm

    Try Vegan Chic http://www.veganchic.com. They have a huge selection of shoes and boots and everything is 100% vegan.

    • LBA permalink*
      August 19, 2009 2:49 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. That’s actually one of the stores I had linked above. I like their stuff; it’s just hard to do comfort and sizing online : )

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