I've noticed that some companies that sell Vegan shoes also sell leather shoes and purchasing vegan shoes from these companies feels really counterintuitive.
So... Would you purchase Vegan shoes from a company that sells leather shoes? And is there any pros for the future in purchasing Vegan shoes from these companies?
Which companies are those?
Your way of looking at the situation does seem to make sense in the long run.
Lots of shoe companies. Earth, Saucony - two that I have. They're labeled vegan. Both co.'s also sell leather .
Companies that offer vegan goods give the general public a choice. Small specialty companies that only cater to vegan goods don't have the advertising, or interest, of most people.
SIlk may be owned by Dean foods, and has dairy interests, but its advertising and known logo have done more to convert whole families from dairy milk than PETA or any vegan org. ever did in that short time.
I'm sorry, you said does make sense!
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I buy vegan things from non-vegan companies often. First, it's difficult to find strictly vegan companies, and second, I like to buy vegan things from anyone who wants to market them.
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yeah, I think if we buy more vegan shoes from companies who sell leather items, soon they will notice the demand for it. And maybe they won't stop their production of leather shoes all together but at least see that there is a market for it and they will give us better non-leather options, thus increasing the production of cruelty free shoes. An example of this is when I went to a pizza place and ordered a slice of vegan cheese. The owner said they do not sell by the slice, only full pies cause there aren't enough people who would want vegan pizza yet. So, if more people order vegan slices, they will see there is a demand for it and have it by the slice, instead of having me order a full pie for 18.50 each time lol not that I mind all the pizza. But you get what I'm saying.
But lets also not forget those companies who have been 100% vegan from the start such as http://www.keepcompany.com/
who have been making cruelty free shoes from the get go. I also like to support companies such as them because they are a small business, versus other big guys such as doc martens or vans.
hope this helps!
Does a directory of vegan companies exist?