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#1 Old 10-18-2014, 01:01 PM
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What to do about shoes???

I've been transitioning to veganism from vegetarianism for about 10 months so I'm not sure how long I've been fully vegan.

I desperately need some new boots and I want them to be good quality. I live in a fairly rural area so there aren't any specialist shops and the only non leather shoes are cheap and uncomfortable.

I went into Clarks as they do very good quality shoes but they're all leather. I talked to the shop assistant and she told me they were ethically sourced but I still don't want to support the animal industry.

I would buy on the internet but I feel like shoes are something you have to try on before you buy.

What have you all done and what are your opinions on this situation?
Should I buy leather? I si t simply a bi product?
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#2 Old 10-18-2014, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ecrane View Post

I would buy on the internet but I feel like shoes are something you have to try on before you buy.
Leather shoes are stiff and unyielding, so proper fit is more important. Non-leather is more foot-friendly, so fit isn't too critical. I live in a rural area too, where shopping options are poor. I currently have Palladium canvass boots, which I bought off the internet, about $85. I just ordered my usual shoe-size (11,) and they fit perfectly, very comfortable. I don't believe I can ever wear leather again. It's too rough on the feet. Best of luck!
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Is there anyway you can get to a more metropolitan area to go shoe shopping?

And, there is no such thing as "ethically sourced leather." No matter what, in the end that cow is terrified and alone and dies for human greed. It is an entire industry built on exploitation, and thus can never be "ethically sourced."

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#4 Old 10-18-2014, 06:54 PM
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Are you male or female? These are good, my husband has had similar ones for years and they still look new. http://m.zappos.com/dr-martens-1460-...eye-boot-black

Also here's a whole bunch from zappos. http://m.zappos.com/vegan-boots

I wear Dansko shoes and clogs most of the time, I love them, they're good for my feet, and they last forever. Some of their stuff is leather, some not. I Googled vegan dansko boots, saw these:
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Ooh, I'm glad you posted this! I always wear tennis shoes but am in the market for a new job, so I need a couple decent pairs of dressy shoes. I need to get some now so I have them when I need them. I didn't think about most dressier shoes being leather. I refuse to wear high heels and never understood why putting too much pressure on the balls of your feet while balancing your heels on a stick and shortening your Achilles tendon ever sounded like a great idea. I don't mind being short. Searching for the right vegan shoes may be even harder than leather shoes.

I also learned a couple days ago that high heels were originally used by butchers so they didn't get blood in their shoes or something like that. Haven't verified it, but heard it from my 14-yr-old niece while discussing her not wearing heels to her Homecoming dance because she's really tall and also clumsy. I figure you souls be proud of your height whether tall or short.
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#6 Old 10-18-2014, 11:04 PM
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Same problem, can't find a decent pair of dress shoes by walking into stores.
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#7 Old 10-19-2014, 01:02 AM
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I've decided to buy online and if they don't fit I'll send them back. Found these great boots which I love.

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I bought my hiking boots and shoes online. I have Wicked Hemp hikers and Garmont Kiowa Vegan hiking boots. The Wicked Hemps are now two years old and the Garmonts are three years old and both pairs of hikers are still tough and in excellent condition, even after countless long hikes, canoe camping trips, mountain biking off road etc.

Here is what I did. I googled vegan hiking shoes because that is specifically what I was looking for. I researched the materials used, then went to sites providing feedback from customers about these products and read through the reviews. With the garmonts, a lot of people said go up a size because they run small. So when I ordered mine I did just that and when they arrived and I tried them on they fit perfectly. I also wanted a hard soled and hard toe shoe for cycling and the Wicked Hemp shoes fit that bill with tons of customer reviews stating just this, that the soles were hard and grippy and so on. The only downfall about both shoes for me was lack of arch support. I have very high arches. so I bought cheap arch supports and put them in my shoes and it works beautifully. the shoes I have are high quality made but not excessively expensive. I also watched prices as they tend to go up and down over time. I was able to get my Wicked Hemps for $44 including shipping/handling which is insanely cheap. They are also made ethically and sustainably using hemp and fair trade strategies. The Garmonts are also incredibly warm and I have worn them all winter in subzero temps so they double as winter boots but are not waterproof. I bought warm hemp socks to go with my Wicked Hemps in place of wool socks because I do a lot of snowshoeing and hiking in winter and they work very well. I have not worn wool for three brutal Minnesota winters and have not missed it at all.

Locally it is impossibly hard to find vegan hiking shoes for me. I can find running shoes and other tennis shoes that are vegan, and canvas shoes and some dress shoes and sandals that are naturally vegan locally. But the hiking ones I had to resort to online. I have been fortunate not to have to return them as they have fit well each time. But researching return policies for online stuff is always a good practice.

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#9 Old 10-19-2014, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by ecrane View Post
I've decided to buy online and if they don't fit I'll send them back. Found these great boots which I love.

Those look great!
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I have really large and wide feet so I usually end up having to buy men's shoes since the local stores seem to only carry shoes for midget-sized women or possibly children who like to dress as adults. Except for Payless Shoes which carries some vegan stuff in larger sizes but not always great quality. So I get the dressy shoes from Payless and for work shoes I get either Nike or New Balance brands which have a few vegan shoes but not many. No one would guess that the work shoes are a men's style if you don't tell them and I've found that men's shoes are often more comfy.
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