i am kind of in the planning stages for a vegan shoe company that would predominantly use synthetics initially. the goal is to make being cruelty free easier for the teen-youth demographic. the shoes would be designed with casual styles that are already popular among youth in mind (high-top sneakers, etc.). down the road i'd hope to use hemp for a line, at some point i'd also like to be able to make non-leather sports items that i've found aren't too abundant like cleats and gloves and such.
i'm just wondering if using synthetics would push people from this board away from the idea. comments?