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Hello. I am new to these forums, but thought to sign up, it is lonely for vegetarians out there.<br><br><br><br>
I am ovo-lacto, and choose not to wear any animal products, including wool, leather, etc. Subsequently, life is a bit tougher, but worth it, of course, for so many reasons.<br><br><br><br>
This is the blog I run: <a href="http://www.examplematerial.com" target="_blank">http://www.examplematerial.com</a><br><br><br><br>
The reason I started it is because I empathize entirely with all vegetarians or vegans who are looking to maintain any sense of style and comfort in their lives without having to hunt around for days to find something as simple as a nice pair of shoes or animal-friendly shampoo.<br><br><br><br>
Of course, the blog is curated to my own taste.<br><br><br><br>
The main reason I am posting, and that this thread is titled "Shoe Hunt", then, is because it has been 2 years and I have found very few shoes that are both animal-friendly and attractive.<br><br><br><br>
Mooshoes, alternativeoutfitters...I know of them, and, of course I support their basic idea, but their actual design, tailoring, etc, makes me gag. I read an article that referred to that style as "lesbian orthopedic", which though brutal, is apt.<br><br><br><br>
I know some people in the fashion industry who have assured me that it is near impossible to find shoes. My latest post discusses this.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I hope to hear from people on this board, hopefully after they see the blog and would like to help out by contributing materials that they have leads on. I hope it does help you.
 

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I agree. I usually wear airwalks/vans/hemp adidas. Usually more of the skateboarding style shoes. There are a few pairs of DCs and Etnie's that I LOVE, but they're leather. I hate finding shoes I like, and finding out (inevitably) they're made with some animal part. *sigh* I don't have much to add except good luck in your endeavor.
 

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you might already know, but if you do like skate shoes, zappos's "vegetarian shoes" section has quite a few, mostly by Macbeth and Vans. Vans' Rowley shoes are all vegan, maybe because Geoff Rowley is vegan, I don't know. Not my taste, but thought I'd share.
 

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<a href="http://www.bboheme.com" target="_blank">Bourgeois Boheme</a> do lines of vegetarian and vegan shoes. They are a UK company though.<br><br><br><br>
Stella McCartney's shoes are vegetarian too, I believe, if you're looking for designer shoes.
 

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Yes. She is most notably I think the only mainstream designer who is vocal about her views, and enacts her ethics into her materials. I personally do not like any of her work, strictly from a style POV, so it's very unfortunate. I usually getting lucky with random selections from random houses. You might be interested to know that Louis Vuitton and Dior also have specific lines of accessories done only in coated canvas, sometimes with leather trim and sometimes not. Dior Homme's Classic line is worth seeing.
 

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you might already know, but if you do like skate shoes, zappos's "vegetarian shoes" section has quite a few, mostly by Macbeth and Vans. Vans' Rowley shoes are all vegan, maybe because Geoff Rowley is vegan, I don't know. Not my taste, but thought I'd share.</div>
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Yeah, I never found anything I liked. I haven't looked in a while, though. Thanks for the reminder.
 

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I'm thinking of starting a new thread about this maybe, but I do like Morrissey's style, and he has addressed this very issue directly a few times. He wore leather shoes for a decade or so, and shrugged off criticism, saying "there are no attractive choices out there but leather shoes", until just 2005 where I read he recanted and now has shoes custom made.<br><br><br><br>
I'd love to find out who does these. In NYC, anyway, custom shoemaking is something that goes into the thousands of dollars, and all I've really found are suppliers who work in leather anyway.<br><br><br><br>
My studiomate is a well-respected fashion designer who does both men's and women's shoes, and she told me its near impossible unless I am looking at certain types of shoes, like espedrilles for women, or men's casual shoes, like plimsolls. Sad.
 

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Thanks for sharing your blog. I also love skate shoes so a bit easier to find veg options there (especially with classic canvas vans ha ha). Macbeth is getting some super cute ones and I also just discovered Tuk shoes (more punk style but have adorable maryjanes for kids too!).<br><br>
Going to check out your blog now!
 
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