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Vegan Boots & Shoes

I always have the WORST time finding professional, good-looking dress shoes that are vegan.  So does my husband.  This week we both found shoes we are very happy with.

My husband's shoe is the JUSTIN, available at Mooshoes.com. It comes in brown and black.

My shoe is the "WOMEN'S CHOICE" by LifeStride, available at shoes.com.  It comes in dark brown, light brown, and black.

At shoes.com, you can type in "vegetarian" in the search area and get their non-leather shoes.  At zappos.com, they have a vegetarian shoes link on the right side of the screen.

Hope someone finds this helpful!

Ecstatic- how can you find if a shoe is made in a sweat shop?

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Ecstatic- how can you find if a shoe is made in a sweat shop?

Well, it can be tricky. Obviously, no company writes on their website "these shoes are made in sweatshops."

But, when I find a shoe I like, I go to the company website. I check to see what they say about their shoe manufacturing. If my shoe tag says "made in China" or equivalent and there is absolutely nothing on the company website about their manufacturing, I call them. At which point, I ask about the show factory. Usually, when they start giving you evasive answers like "we're not at liability to disclose that information" - it's a sweatshop.

Companies who have nothing to hide will be more than helpful in answering all your questions about the factory, the workers, the materials, etc. Companies who are trying to hide something won't answer your questions.

Also, there are websites out there that list the companies who have sweatshops. Sweatshop Watch is one of them, but I believe they pertain to clothing companies. I'm sure there is a shoe one out there somewhere, though.

I probably seem really obsessive now when it comes to buying things! ;D

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does anyone know about Saucony? i know theyhave had veggie shoes...i know its w/ their 3d grid shoes, but im not sure what other shoe. they have always been good for me.

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I'm very particulaer about my sneakers, its hard for me to find a pair that fits my feet well & also corrects my overpronation, but thank you all for the suggestions. Next time I need a new pair I will check out New Balance and Saucony. Maybe I will write Mizuno & ask them to make a vegan version of their Wave Nirvanas.....

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Well, I don't think my shoes are going to last the Fall.  They're about 4 years old, and have been my only shoes besides church shoes and, recently, snow boots (and I live in Rochester....).  I was recently stopped on the street and informed they were the only shoes left of their kind in existence.  Even given the grain of salt I usually take with anything someone stops me on the street says,

They have to go.  Part of the reason they are in the condition they are in is that I have a lot of trouble finding shoes that are responsible to the environment, animals and people but still worth the cost.  They need to last for EVER.  Like these bad boys.

So, while I feel kinda stupid asking this, what kinds of shoes do people recommend, as far as veganness and quality go?  I'd be looking for shoes that can be worn for quite a bit of walking, and hopefully jogging and such. 

Thanks to anyone with advice!

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I love earth shoes. The whole company isn't vegan but they do have a good selection. Plus they are awesome for the feet and the spine.

http://www.zappos.com/n/es/d/722059410/show_all/1/page/1/bar/1.html

These are all their vegan options and zappos is a very easy company to shop through. Free shipping both ways so you don't have to worry about getting the wrong size.

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Zappos is great. :)
I've bought Birkis by Birkenstock in that category (veg) from them. They're comfy.
I've often been concerned that the material in the foot bed isn't vegan.
Does anyone know?

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Zappos is great. :)
I've bought Birkis by Birkenstock in that category (veg) from them. They're comfy.
I've often been concerned that the material in the foot bed isn't vegan.
Does anyone know?

Birkenstock makes vegan sandals (which include a microfiber footbed), but they also make a bunch of sandals with non-leather straps that still have the suede footbed.  I'm not sure which ones you have.  You should be able to find out the materials used on the box.

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Has anyone run across any vegan boat shoes?  Both of my kids (male and female) want a pair.  They would prefer faux leather, but canvas could work.  I found some, but the laces were leather!

Thanks!

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Here is a link to Zappos vegetarian options for shoes. There must be some boat shoes in there someplace. Zappos is really easy to use also. Free shipping both ways so you don't have to worry about getting the wrong size or not liking the style.

http://www.zappos.com/n/br/bq/866.html

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Are crocs vegan? Does anyone know? I think it's just rubber ... but am unsure on that.

Before they got popular (though ugly) they were, originally, boating shoes. Great for sailboats, and slipper surfaces. I adore sailing, and have used crocs for that purpose. I haven't purchased any since I went vegetarian (mainly because of lack of time to sail) so I can't say for sure if they are vegan. But, they do work well for boating.

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I think I want to get a pair of vegan boots.  I would rather buy them at a store so I can try them on, but if you know of any companies that let you send stuff back for free, that might be cool too.

I tried Zappos but couldn't find a section to browse both "vegan" AND "boots" so no luck.

So does anyone know of any stores, probably chain department stores, that carry vegan brands?  (As I'm typing this, I realizing what a lost cause it is!!)

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Ummm I bought my last pair of boots at a DSW. They were actually accidental vegan, just nonleather cheapos, but they held up really good, even in the rain in snow & still look nice. Any big discount shoe store should have a decent selection.

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try payless. not sure what kinds of boots you are looking for or how strict you are on the veganness (just no leather/fur or glues, etc also?)

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I second baypuppy's suggestion for Payless. They usually have a good bit of accidentally vegan shoes  (not sure about the glue though). Also, Marshalls has some accidentally vegan shoes - some will have labels in the shoe that say "100% man made materials".

But if you want certified vegan, Ragazzi Vegan (www.ragazzivegan.com) has free shipping and exchanges. And their prices are pretty reasonable. They have a whole "boots" section.

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PayLess is a good suggestion. So are stores like Mervyn's, JC Penney and Ross. I actually was able to find some cool kicks, a modified Doc Marten-style, at Nordstrom some years ago. I have also seen non-leather boot styles at Macy's and Neiman Marcus, too, though their selections are limited.

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MDVegan needs these boots, stat!
http://www.ragazzivegan.com/product_detail.php?ID=397

WOW those are hot!  :D not too pricey either!

Ok, checking out the site now- Thanks!!!!!!!

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holy s**t, I am now officially in love with that site!  Check out these http://www.ragazzivegan.com/product_detail.php?ID=528

I am soooo glad I have a closing next week.  ;)

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I got Earth boots from planetshoes.com last year - I love them, the site was great, and they had (at least at the time) a lot of Earth Vegan shoes.

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