I agree, you really have to be proactive with shoes labeled "vegan" because often they aren't. So many people think "natural" or "ecofriendly" equates to vegan. I saw a pair of hiking boots labeled vegan and when I inquired about them (I was suspicious as they seemed to be made of leather) and the clerk really did some research checking we discovered they had nubuck leather. The soles of the shoes were made of recycled rubber hence labeling them vegan. The clerk promptly removed the vegan label. It is maddening that labels with materials used are no longer included on a lot of shoes now. You have to go online or call and ask.
VeganOutdoorAdventures, I will be looking into your site now! Do you showcase mens AND womens hiking boots/shoes? So often I get frustrated with vegan shoe sites because I am VERY outdoorish and play rough (mountain bike, snowshoe, hike, canoe camp, trail run) and the women's vegan shoes often just don't cut it. I also live in northeastern Minnesota by lake Superior and I need warm and waterproof too. I do love my Garmonts as they are warm and I have even snowshoed with them on in my snowshoes. Not waterproof though. Trail running shoes are nice, but sometimes I need hard soles and hard toe for mountain biking and portaging heavy gear.
In the end, only kindness matters. - Jewel
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