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so my goal is to go vegan by august 1st, my 17th bday.. ive already been vegetarian for 4 years and im ready to step it up a notch. my sister is also a vegan and shes been don it for wat seems to be about 6 years now.<br><br><br><br>
ive already gotten rid of all my leather. and ive been wearing sandles for the past month now cause i cant find shoes.<br><br><br><br>
i really like athletic shoes, but its hard find them without leather or suede. i really liked these Puma Romas that were vegan, they were called "wooly" or something. and i really like them, but i cant find them anywhere. they are the shoes my sister has and im hoping that they make them for guys.<br><br><br><br>
please oh please, point me to every possible source, even direct brands and the shoe style. i really need some shoes. what kinda shoes do you guys wear?<br><br><br><br>
thanks<br><br>
-kris
 

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i wear converse a lot<br><br>
timberland used to make nonleather running sneakers, i have a pair that i love<br><br>
new balance makes tons of nonleather shoes<br><br><br><br>
you can also buy shoes at:<br><br><a href="http://www.mooshoes.com" target="_blank">www.mooshoes.com</a><br><br><a href="http://www.veganstore.com" target="_blank">www.veganstore.com</a><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
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I live in sandals most of the time (that was all I wore until I found these shoes)<br><br><br><br>
Yeah, there are converse all-stars (they're canvas) that are vegan.<br><br><br><br>
I have a pair of volatiles that happened to be vegan. I was wandering through a really obscure store and I happened to come across them. I am not sure if volatile has many vegan products, but they MIGHT be worth a shot.<br><br><br><br>
Go to the sites Caroline mentioned, I'm thinking that your best bet would be online.<br><br><br><br>
BTW- we have the same bday! Just thought I'd mention that. heh.
 

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MY SHOES are the new balance 602 and the heel part has been eaten off. but thats becuase i dont tie/untie my laces. but you would think they could last a little longer then 3.5 months.
 

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Love Converse. Used to be Made in the USA, but now they're Chinese Sweatshop shoes. They're great, but if you do a lot of walking, they'll last you 9-12 months.<br><br><br><br>
Try to recycle them. :) (see Leather vs. Synthetic Thread)<br><br><br><br>
V3gan--that's the part that really pisses my off, that shoes only last a few months. I think they do it on purpose so you'll buy them again, and again, and again.
 

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my shoes always last a long time, maybe you people just need to learn to walk properly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> My converse are going on over a year now.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I signed up for track this year, I needed running shoes really badly....and I bought leather ones. Could'nt find any alternatives...all my other shoes are canvas tennies or tevas sandals. I'm also a student so I dont have much money f0r spendy shoes.
 

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For sandals, I've always gotten Tevas. I've also recently bought my first pair of Chacos, which I absolutely adore. Birkenstock makes a few good leather-free pairs, too (which I also have because I have a sandal fetish <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> ). You can find Birkenstocks at <a href="http://www.veganstore.com" target="_blank">www.veganstore.com</a> and if you do a search for Tevas & Chacos, you'll find plenty of sites to get them from (if you can't find them in your area, that is).<br><br><br><br>
Otherwise, I've had a lot of luck buying shoes from <a href="http://veganessentials.com/" target="_blank">http://veganessentials.com/</a> They're an awesome company, as well as the others mentioned above. They may be a bit pricier, but the quality is much better than if you would buy the cheap plastic shoes from payless.<br><br><br><br>
BTW> Pangea is having a clearance on a lot of shoes right now, so be sure to check out the veganstore link above!
 

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One more thing- as said above, New Balance makes *many* leather-free shoes. I have two pairs of hikers & 3 pairs of running shoes from them right now & love them all. If you're interested and can't find decent ones in your area, check out the website for New Balance Web Express. They give you the stats on what each style is made of and have excellent service.<br><br><br><br>
Any more shoe questions, ask me. My fetish for sandals extends to shoes in general. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't know just how cruelty free they are, but I emailed New Balance and this was their response:<br><br>
Thank you for your interest in New Balance!<br><br><br><br>
ALL of the following are made with synthetic materials. However<br><br>
please note that we do use many types of different glues depending<br><br>
on what is available. Please be aware that some of our glues<br><br>
will contain animal products as many glues do. So just becauase<br><br>
the shoe does contain all synthetic leather does not mean it<br><br>
will be completely vegan. Also to clarify we do not mix real<br><br>
and synthetic leathers on any shoe, it's either leather or synthetic<br><br>
period.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Running Shoes: M1220S M2000GR<br><br>
M1121MC M1040BS<br><br>
M854WN M1030BY<br><br>
M587NV M763BC<br><br>
M714SR M714WB<br><br>
M715GT M715NB<br><br>
M498GR M498WN<br><br>
M1021WY M1020C<br><br>
M878WN M879NS<br><br>
M750WS M636BR<br><br>
M637SC M637NC<br><br>
M829SN M830SG<br><br>
M740NP M740GG<br><br>
M655GT M655NG<br><br>
M729WN M729NV<br><br>
M904AT M804AT<br><br>
M804NV M804BK<br><br>
M805AT M805NV<br><br>
M805BK M801AT<br><br>
M801SO M704WC<br><br>
M704AT M704GW<br><br>
M703AT<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Cross Trainers: MX1004W MX1004NB<br><br>
MX1003W MX1003N<br><br>
MX662WB MX662NV<br><br>
MX661WB MX661NV<br><br>
MX650WB MX756GR<br><br>
MX756BK MX892NV<br><br>
MX892GR MX661BK<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Adventure Sp: MO851BG MO850BG<br><br>
MO751GB MO751BT<br><br><br><br>
Walking: MW841WB MW810WT<br><br>
MW810BK MW810BE<br><br>
MW755WG MW755GR<br><br>
MW655WN MW785WG<br><br>
MW786GR MRW110G<br><br><br><br>
Tennis: CT300W CT300N<br><br>
CT300B<br><br><br><br>
All of these models reflect the last 12-18 months. All models<br><br>
available in women's.<br><br><br><br>
Sincerely,<br><br><br><br>
The NB Consumer Response Team
 

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I don't know just how cruelty free they are, but I emailed Nike and this was their response:<br><br>
Dear Erin,<br><br><br><br>
Below is an extensive list of Nike's Spring 2003 Men's, Women's and<br><br>
Children's footwear containing no animal products. Please visit our<br><br>
online store at <<a href="http://www.Niketown.com" target="_blank">http://www.Niketown.com</a>> for product availability.<br><br><br><br>
MENS RUNNING<br><br>
Nike Shox TL<br><br>
Nike Shox NZ<br><br>
Air Max Plus V<br><br>
Air Max Tailwind<br><br>
Air Max Bambino<br><br>
Air Max Dolce Light<br><br>
Air Turbulence<br><br>
Air Kantara<br><br>
Air Durham Plus<br><br>
Air Structure Triax<br><br>
Air Max Moto<br><br>
Air Span Triax<br><br>
Air Skylon<br><br>
Air Pegasus 2000<br><br>
Air Triax TC<br><br>
Air RD9000<br><br>
Air Icarus<br><br>
Jet Steam Extra<br><br>
Air Storm Pegasus<br><br>
Air Tupu<br><br>
Air TR9000<br><br>
Air Terra Sebec<br><br>
Air Terra Wild<br><br><br><br>
MENS TRACK & FIELD<br><br>
Air Streak Vapor IV<br><br>
Zoom Katana Trainer<br><br>
Air Streak<br><br>
Air Streak Spectrum Plus<br><br>
Zoom Super Fly P<br><br>
Zoom Celar<br><br>
Zoom JSC<br><br>
Zoom Super Shift<br><br>
Zoom Rival S +<br><br>
Zoom Kennedy<br><br>
Zoom Ventulus Plus<br><br>
Zoom Shift<br><br>
Rival D +<br><br>
Rival MD<br><br>
Zoom Waffle XC<br><br>
Zoom Waffle Racer<br><br>
Zoom HJ<br><br>
Zoom LJ<br><br>
Zoom Rotational<br><br>
Zoom TJ/PV<br><br><br><br>
MENS BASKETBALL<br><br>
Nike Shox Supremacy<br><br>
Air Playerposite II Low<br><br>
Air Playerposite<br><br><br><br>
MENS CROSS TRAINING<br><br>
Air Max Adversity<br><br>
Nike Shox XT 1.0<br><br>
Air Max Octane II<br><br>
Air Max Q<br><br>
Air Explosion Trainer<br><br>
Air Monarch<br><br><br><br>
MENS WALKING<br><br>
Nike Shox Walx<br><br>
Air Vos<br><br><br><br>
MENS TENNIS<br><br>
Air Zoom Courtposite<br><br>
Air Zoom Profiler<br><br>
Air Resolve Mid<br><br>
Air Resolve<br><br>
Air Zoom Thrive<br><br>
Rivalry Canvas<br><br><br><br>
MENS VOLLEYBALL<br><br>
Air Zoom Flexposite<br><br>
Air Pivot Plus Mid<br><br>
Air Pivot Plus<br><br>
Multicourt IV<br><br><br><br>
MENS ACG<br><br>
Air Rogue<br><br>
Coastrunner<br><br>
Air River Spike<br><br>
Air Hydrous<br><br>
Toketee<br><br>
Crocodilian Slide<br><br>
Aqua Sock<br><br>
Air Plateau<br><br>
Air Spindrift<br><br>
Shambra<br><br>
Land Slide<br><br>
Shindy Plus<br><br>
Halfback<br><br>
Usurper Plus<br><br><br><br>
MENS BASEBALL/SOFTBALL<br><br>
Air Zoom Respect ¾<br><br>
Air Zoom Respect SP<br><br>
Respect Metal ¾<br><br>
MCS Respect ¾<br><br>
Slasher<br><br>
Air Slam MCS<br><br>
Air Conversion ¾<br><br>
Air Conversion<br><br>
Air Diamond Trainer<br><br>
MCS Keystone ¾<br><br>
MCS Keystone<br><br><br><br>
MENS SOCCER<br><br>
Mercurial Vapor S.G.<br><br>
Mercurial Vapor F.G.<br><br>
Mercurial Talaria F.G.<br><br>
Ultraccel Vapor FT<br><br>
Total 90 II FT<br><br>
Tiempo 750 FGR<br><br>
Nike 750 IC<br><br>
Air Mercurial Vapor 365<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS RUNNING<br><br>
Air Kantara<br><br>
Air Durham Plus<br><br>
Air Structure Triax<br><br>
Air Max Moto<br><br>
Air Skylon<br><br>
Air Pegasus 2000<br><br>
Air Althea<br><br>
Nike Shox TL<br><br>
Nike Shox NZ<br><br>
Air Max Plus V<br><br>
Air Max Tailwind<br><br>
Air Max Converge<br><br>
Air Max Bambino<br><br>
Air Max Dolce Light<br><br>
Air Max Excite L<br><br>
Air Max Excite<br><br>
Air Turbulence<br><br>
Air Imara<br><br>
Air RD9000<br><br>
Air Icarus<br><br>
Jet Stream Extra<br><br>
Air Storm Pegasus<br><br>
Air TR9000<br><br>
Air Terra Sebec<br><br>
Air Terra Wild<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS TRACK & FIELD<br><br>
Zoom W<br><br>
Zoom Jana<br><br>
Jana XC<br><br>
Waffle Jana<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS WALKING<br><br>
Nike Shox Walx<br><br>
Air Vos<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS ACG<br><br>
Air Rogue<br><br>
Coastrunner<br><br>
Air River Spike<br><br>
Air Hydrous<br><br>
Aqua Sock<br><br>
Wailuku<br><br>
Beachy Thony<br><br>
Kokee<br><br>
Trestles Thong<br><br>
Air Spindrift<br><br>
Shambra<br><br>
Land Slide<br><br>
Shindy Plus<br><br>
Halfback<br><br>
Usurper Plus<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS CROSS TRAINING<br><br>
Air Max 60 Mid<br><br>
Kyoto<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS TENNIS<br><br>
Air Zoom Courtposite<br><br>
Air Zoom Profiler<br><br>
Air Commit Mid<br><br>
Air Commit<br><br>
Air Zoom Thrive<br><br>
Hampshire Canvas<br><br>
Rivalry Canvas<br><br>
Rivalry Canvas Mule<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS VOLLEYBALL<br><br>
Air Zoom Flexposite<br><br>
Air Pivot Plus Mid<br><br>
Air Pivot Plus<br><br>
Multicourt IV<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS ACTIVE LIFE<br><br>
All Court Canvas<br><br>
Afterparty Canvas<br><br>
Flippant<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS BASEBALL/SOFTBALL<br><br>
Air Conversion<br><br>
Air Slam<br><br>
MCS<br><br><br><br>
WOMENS SOCCER<br><br>
M9 FT<br><br><br><br>
KIDS<br><br>
Dynamo 2<br><br>
Pico Canvas<br><br>
Sunray<br><br>
Air Max Plus V<br><br>
Nike Shox NZ<br><br>
Air Max Bambino<br><br>
Air TR9000<br><br>
Air RD9000<br><br>
Icarus<br><br>
Power Up and Over<br><br>
Power Climb<br><br>
Air Max Octane II<br><br>
Straprunner III<br><br>
Shindy Plus<br><br>
Halfback<br><br>
Jr. Ultraccel Vapor FT<br><br>
Jr. T90 II Expand Plus FT<br><br>
Jr. Total 90 II FT<br><br>
Jr. Tempo 750 FGR<br><br>
Jr. 750 IC<br><br><br><br>
INFANT<br><br>
Baby Fit<br><br>
Upngo<br><br>
Little Dynamo 2<br><br>
Baby Pico Canvas<br><br>
Baby Sunray<br><br>
First Air Max Plus V<br><br>
Little Turbulence<br><br>
Little TR9000<br><br>
Little Power Up and Over<br><br>
Little Power Climb<br><br>
Little Spring Sling<br><br>
Little Straprunner III<br><br><br><br>
Sincerely,<br><br><br><br>
Caryn<br><br>
Nike
 

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Dear Erin,<br><br>
Below are some of our women's items that are not made with real leather:<br><br><br><br>
Item Boots<br><br><br><br>
2731 - Encores<br><br>
2730 - Dixies<br><br>
3708 - Acoustics<br><br>
3709 - Acoustics - Tone<br><br>
3653 - Maximals<br><br>
3654 - Maximals - Topnotch<br><br>
3761 - Splendids<br><br>
3604 - Vibrations - Quiver<br><br>
3682 - Thrivers - Wealth<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Item Sneakers/Casual<br><br><br><br>
1819 - Energy 2 - Crossroads<br><br>
1834 - Energy 2 - Crosscut<br><br>
1839 - Energy 2 - Crossway<br><br>
2467 - Triple Play - Catcher (comes in canvas or leather)<br><br>
2671 - Noogies - Fling<br><br>
3767 - Superstarz - Mariah<br><br>
3963 - Superstarz<br><br><br><br>
7877 - Skechers Sport - Triple Play<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Please check these items out online at <<a href="http://www.skechers.com" target="_blank">http://www.skechers.com</a>>.<br><br>
Please note our website is updated daily based on the availability of items in their various styles, colors and sizes.<br><br><br><br>
Below are some of our men's items that are not made with real leather:<br><br><br><br>
5122 - Gators - Trans Maze<br><br>
5120 - Gators - Maze<br><br>
5165 - Gators - Liti-Gator<br><br>
5073 - Gators - Ala-Gator<br><br>
5093 - Gators - Outbacks<br><br>
5160 - Phantoms - Crossover<br><br>
5155 - Phantoms - Cable<br><br>
4915 - Deltoids<br><br>
5109 - Ice - Penix<br><br>
5125 - Sport - VIPs<br><br>
4923 - GPS - Equator<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Please check these items out online at <<a href="http://www.skechers.com" target="_blank">http://www.skechers.com</a>>.<br><br>
Pleasne note our website is updated daily based on the availability of items<br><br>
in their various styles, colors and sizes.
 

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I ordered a few pairs of shoes recently from Fredericks of Hollywood. Just be sure to read the item description so you know that they aren't leather. <a href="http://www.fredericks.com/category.asp?catalog_name=Holiday2002&category_name=Shoes/Hosiery&Page=1" target="_blank">http://www.fredericks.com/category.a...Hosiery&Page=1</a>
 

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What I want to know is why shoes branded "vegan" i.e. from a vegan shoe company (online or a shop front) cost twice as much as the leather 'brand' name equivalent?<br><br><br><br>
I was looking for a pair of boots this winter and the suede ones started at 49.95 (AUD) and went up to about 100.00 for a quality brand (for flat soles not heels) while the 'vegan' ones I found on the web started at 120 (AUD)?<br><br><br><br>
I eventually ended up buying a no-brand fake-suede pair from a department store because I was so sick of looking around.<br><br><br><br>
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I read another post somewhere and I think it was Kristab (sorry if not) who said something like wearing faux leather/suede advertises the real thing? I think its exactly the opposite.<br><br><br><br>
My friends asked where I got my boots because they are really nice and I told them how cheap they were (59.95). And I'm like feel how nice the 'suede' is (not while wearing them BTW that would just be pervy) and they're like oh they're so soft. When I told them they were fake they wanted to check the label. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
When people realise that material can be as durable, smooth and warm as leather/suede (and c'mon you have to admit suede and leather as gross as they are, are warm and durable) AND that they can get them a lot cheaper I think they fake it more often. Which is what we all want isn't it? Less leather use?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Erin_Sword2Sky</i><br><br><b>I don't know just how cruelty free they are, but I emailed Nike and this was their response:<br><br></b></div>
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You mean to people or animals? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Also Geoff Rowley shoes are synthetic. As are some of the Tony Hawk shoes.<br><br>
Gothic, punk and skater stores are also good bets.<br><br>
Good Goth might be of interest to some. <a href="http://www.goodgoth.com/shoes.htm" target="_blank">http://www.goodgoth.com/shoes.htm</a> Check out the faq.<br><br>
Here are a couple more links too:<br><br><a href="http://www.veganwares.com/shoes.htm" target="_blank">http://www.veganwares.com/shoes.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/</a>
 

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i want some hemp shoes but i have never seen them and they seem so bulky, i dont want a huge goofy looking pair of shoes. do hemp shoes look the same as leather or non hemp shoes ? i dont care that they are green or what not but if they are big peopel will be like " LOOK AT HIS PUFFY SHOES ! ! !" and i dont want that. opinions please on the Hemp shoes!
 

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Well, my husband had hemp shoes for a while, and he loved them. I don't think they made his feet look puffy at all. I really really really like the ones that veganessentials have right now. I'm going to be ordering them for my hubby soon:
 
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