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#1 Old 08-12-2016, 02:25 PM
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Vegan shoe advice?

Hi, I've been buying only non-leather shoes for a while now, and they're cheaper than leather obviously which is good but they all seem to be pretty rubbish quality and fall apart quickly. As I HATE shopping, this is really frustrating. Where would you recommend good quality vegan shoes? Thank you!
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#2 Old 08-13-2016, 03:00 PM
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Wills London. Hands down. These shoes are fashionable, hold up very well, and are comfortable. Shipping and returns are free.

https://www.facebook.com/willsveganshoes/

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deandri makes amazing shoes

and YRU also has great vegan shoes
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#4 Old 08-16-2016, 02:30 AM
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If you are into athletic shoes (hiking boots and shoes, running, climbing, etc), here is a huge database of companies that are vegan or vegan friendly:

https://vegan8.me/vegan-athletic-sho...ic-shoes-2015/

I have Merrell hiking shoes (awesome grip for mountain biking and these shoes have seen me through long distance canoeing and portaging, hiking, 20 + miles on mountain bike trails etc); Five and Ten casual canvas shoes (great for work but hard soles make them nice for cycling too), Garmont Kiowa vegan hiking boot (unfortunately they stopped making this boot but mine are over five years old and going strong); Wicked Hemp hemp shoes which are great for work or short casual hiking, and i have had these for almost five years and have worn them a LOT to work and around and they are going strong.

Many of my shoes I have had to order online, and I usually read reviews and recommendations first as far as sizing goes. I have never been disappointed doing this.

I do have a few cheaper synthetic shoes from places like Payless and they are ok. I don't have to dress up to the point of wearing dress shoes for work, so that isn't an issue for me. I do have some flats from Payless I wear for special occasions and have never had an issue with them. I have sandels from there too that are all synthetic and I have had those for five years, but living in northern Minnesota lol, I haven't worn them a ton.

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Depending on where you live, online is definitely a valid option and many companies offer free shipping after a certain purchase amount. Moo Shoes & Nice Shoes offer a pretty good variety of options and are reputable companies. Matt & Nat have a really nice dressier shoe line that I will be taking advantage of this fall LOL. I have a few cheaper pairs of everyday shoes and sandals, too, bought from mall shoe stores.
@Naturebound SUCH good timing for me that you mentioned Merrill hiking shoes! I have been looking to purchase a really good pair of hiking boots and have been exploring options. I think some of these bigger companies are starting to realize there's a demand for vegan friendly hiking shoes/boots and in addition to using synthetic uppers, are actually replacing their glues too so they can list them as such. Nice Shoes in Vancouver here offers a few good options as well ^_^
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Depending on where you live, online is definitely a valid option and many companies offer free shipping after a certain purchase amount. Moo Shoes & Nice Shoes offer a pretty good variety of options and are reputable companies. Matt & Nat have a really nice dressier shoe line that I will be taking advantage of this fall LOL. I have a few cheaper pairs of everyday shoes and sandals, too, bought from mall shoe stores.
@Naturebound SUCH good timing for me that you mentioned Merrill hiking shoes! I have been looking to purchase a really good pair of hiking boots and have been exploring options. I think some of these bigger companies are starting to realize there's a demand for vegan friendly hiking shoes/boots and in addition to using synthetic uppers, are actually replacing their glues too so they can list them as such. Nice Shoes in Vancouver here offers a few good options as well ^_^
These are my Merrells:

https://www.rei.com/product/881902/m...g-shoes-womens

They are actually a trail running shoe, but have a harder sole and really nice grip than a running shoe. I bought them locally at a Ben Franklin store of all places. Was shocked to find them there because I was just getting ready to order them online!

I also have these hiking boots (high top ankle support):

https://www.amazon.com/Adidas-Perfor...ts+-+Women%27s

These are the best vegan hiking boots I have had yet! I just got back from a camping trip and 13 miles of paddling and portaging in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I paddled 4 miles in a downpour of rain, and through mud and swamp, and I am not kidding, these boots kept my feet dry except for the ankles. The grip is awesome too! The only thing I don't like too well is the cable lace system. It takes getting used to. On the plus side you don't have to worry about shoe laces coming undone. I LOVE these boots! I think they are even worthy of wearing with my snowshoes this winter, and a warm pair of hemp socks (Wicked Hemp makes hemp socks that wick moisture like wool). I have wide feet at the ball and narrow at the heel and these boots work well for me.

REI is another huge outdoor store that makes hiking shoes/boots, and they are VERY vegan friendly. They also have vegan camping food (freeze dry meals and dehydrated snacks).

I had forgotten about Moo Shoes! Awesome company!
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These are my Merrells:

https://www.rei.com/product/881902/m...g-shoes-womens

They are actually a trail running shoe, but have a harder sole and really nice grip than a running shoe. I bought them locally at a Ben Franklin store of all places. Was shocked to find them there because I was just getting ready to order them online!

I also have these hiking boots (high top ankle support):

https://www.amazon.com/Adidas-Perfor...ts+-+Women%27s

These are the best vegan hiking boots I have had yet! I just got back from a camping trip and 13 miles of paddling and portaging in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I paddled 4 miles in a downpour of rain, and through mud and swamp, and I am not kidding, these boots kept my feet dry except for the ankles. The grip is awesome too! The only thing I don't like too well is the cable lace system. It takes getting used to. On the plus side you don't have to worry about shoe laces coming undone. I LOVE these boots! I think they are even worthy of wearing with my snowshoes this winter, and a warm pair of hemp socks (Wicked Hemp makes hemp socks that wick moisture like wool). I have wide feet at the ball and narrow at the heel and these boots work well for me.

REI is another huge outdoor store that makes hiking shoes/boots, and they are VERY vegan friendly. They also have vegan camping food (freeze dry meals and dehydrated snacks).

I had forgotten about Moo Shoes! Awesome company!
Oooh thanks for the tips - much appreciated!! ^_^ I'm planning on doing the West Coast trail hopefully next year, which is a week worth of wet and treacherous terrain hiking - so needless to say, I'm willing to invest in a great pair of boots!

It looks like your REI is similar to our MEC ^_^ They don't exclusively carry vegan shoes but some of their offering are, and they do carry some vegan dehydrated meals, although they're a bit costly for a longer trip, so I'll likely be making my own ^_^
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Check out rawganique.com - They have some nice stuff, shoes, clothes, everything. A lot of their stuff is organic too, including the shoes. They also have a lot of things that aren't bleached or dyed if you're into that.
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#9 Old 08-24-2016, 08:48 PM
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@Naturebound - I love the BWCA and REI! I have been up north several times.
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#10 Old 09-06-2016, 12:37 AM
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great vegan shoes
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Merrell is good, as are Lowa and La Sportiva. Found a good list of all the vegan hiking boots available on a website called Vegan Adventurist. Maybe worth a look.
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newrockbootsuk dot com/vegan/

http newrockbootsuk dot com/vegan/


it wont let me post links so search for "new rock boots vegan"
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