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My fiancee was a dietary vegetarian for 15 years when I met her. I inspired her to become a full fledged vegan and things have been going really well for the two of us. The only problem for her is that she is a shoe fanatic and we have been really struggling to find her some fashionable footwear that is cruelty free. We've tried some of the common vegan sites (i.e., veganessentials, alternativeoutfitters, etc) but she really isn't digging what they have to offer. Can anyone help me out? She has really been down about it and I'm scared that she is going to snap and start buying leather shoes again!
 

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Zappos.com has a vegetarian shoes section, and Payless has a bunch of non-leather shoes as well. I'm glad to hear things are going well for you both! Good luck to her with finding some fashionable kicks.
 

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BTW - Earlier today I emailed several department stores such as Macy's and Nordstrom's and requested a listing of veg*n shoes. I also emailed some famous shoe designers directly (BCBG, Stella McCartney, etc) and requested the same thing. Will let you know what type of responses I get although I have a feeling they won't be very helpful.
 

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Zappos.com has a vegetarian shoes section, and Payless has a bunch of non-leather shoes as well. I'm glad to hear things are going well for you both! Good luck to her with finding some fashionable kicks.
We tried both and her response was not the most enthusiastic. She found a couple of styles at zappos that she might consider getting.
 

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What type of shoe is she looking for?
I don't think that there is one particular style or type that she is looking for. She reads lots of fashion magazines and always points out the various stylish footwear in the ads. She has quite an extensive collection as it is but I know she is always looking to add to it. Her general complaint is that the vegan shoes generally look ugly and/or too "hippie". She points out a lot of shoes to me and says "I would definitely buy those if they were vegan".
 

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Payless often had a good selection of vegan shoes when I used to shop there. There's a veg*n store up in Evanston that has footwear, I believe. (one of the IL folks will know, I'd bet)
 

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Nike's response for athletic shoes:

Below is an extensive list of Nike's Spring 2007 and Holiday 2006 Men's, Women's And Children's footwear containing no *animal* products. Please visit our online store at Nike.com <http://www.nikestore.com/> for product availability.

Nike's *Spring 2007* Men's, Women's and Children's footwear containing no *animal* products:

_*Men's Basketball

*_ Zoom LeBron IV

Nike Shox Testify

Air Zoom Legend

Air Zoo Legend Low

Air Supreme Speed

Nike Shox Madness

Air Max Madness

*_Men's Running

_* Air Equalon

Air Cesium

Air Structure Triax X

Air Zoom Elite III

Air Zoom Vomero

Air Max Moto+ IV

Air Pegasus

Air Pegasus (4E)

Air Pegasus T/C

Air Zoom Hayward

Air Max 30-40 III

Air Coos

Air Max 360 II

Air Max 180+ II

Air Max Azulikeit+

Air Max Locomotion

Air Zoom Moire+

Air Zoom Plus

Nike Shox TL IV

Nike Shox Ride III

Nike Shox Swift

Nike Shox Turbo+ IV

Nike Impax Revolution

Nike Free 5.0 V2

Air Run Dual-D II

Air Vapor II

Air N-Sight II

Air N-Sight II (4E)

Nike Air Superfecta II

Dart IV Plus

Dart IV Plus (Wide)

Attest VI

*_Men's Trail Running

_* Nike Shox Junga

Air Jagged Ice

Nike Considered Humara

Air Zoom Steens III

Air Assail IV

Air Zoom Explosion Trail

Nike Air Kutu Dual-D

Air Alvord IV

*_Men's Track & Field

_* Air Zoom Katana Racer

Air Zoom Katana Cage II

Zoom Streak KC

Monsterfly

Zoom Supperfly G5

Zoom JA

Zoom Maxcat

Zoom Bigbrotha

Zoom Lisista

Zoom Rival S III

Zoom Lanang St

Zoom Miler

Zoom Eldoret II

Zoom Forever

Rival MD III

Rival D Plus III

Zoom Waffel Racer IV

Zoom TJ/PV

Zoom Jav

Zoom Rotational 3

PV Lite

Zoom HJ (2)

Zoom SD

Zoom Long Jump (3)

*_Men's Training

_* Air Max 180 TR

Air Max Bormond

Air Affect

T-Lite V RX

Nike Shox Fleet

Nike Free Trainer 5.0

Nike Impax D1 Mesh

Air Zoom Commence XT

*_Men's Tennis

_* Air Zoom Vapor IV

Air Zoom Court MO GT

Air Zoom Revive

Air Max Breathe 3

Air Zoom Indoor

Air Zoom Indoor TD

*_Men's Outdoor

_* Nike Air Willamit

CP 45

Nike Switchover

Straprunner VII

Hull

Nike Sqwertboat

U-Soc

Air Moray Slide

Matchup Slide

Electrify Slide

Nike Legend Slide

Nike Aqua Slide

First String Slide

Benassi Swoosh

Celso Thong Plus

*_Men's Soccer

_* Mercurial Vapor III SG

Mercurial Vapor III FG

Mercurial Talaria III SG

Mercurial Talaria III FG

Steam FG

Air Zoom Total 90 Supremacy SG

Air Zoom Total 90 Supremacy FG

Zoom Total 90 Supreme SG

Zoom Total 90 Supreme TF

Total 90 Shift Plus FG

Total 90 Shift Plus MG

Total 90 Shift Plus TF

Nike Noventa VT

Air Zoom Control II

Air Zoom Control II FS

Nike First Touch II

Nike First Touch II FS

Total 90 Shift Plus IC

*_Men's Baseball/Softball

_* Nike Shox Monster Metal

Air Team Monster Metal

Air Huarache 2K5 Metal

Air Huarache 2K4 Conversion

Slasher ¾

Slasher

Air Zoom Clipper CT

Air Zoom Clipper CT MCS

Air Slider CT

Air Diamond Trainer

Keystone ¾

Keystone ¾ Wide

Keystone Low

Air Zoom 5-Tool

Air 5-Tool Metal

MCS 5-Tool

Jumpman Jeter MCS

*_Men's Lacrosse

_* Air Zoom Super Bad FT

Air Zoom Super Bad

Huarache 2K6 D

Huarache 2K6 TD

Speed Shark 5/8

Super Speed D ¾

Speed TD

Air Astrograbber Destroyer 5/8

Land Shark

Land Shark Mid

Land Shark Mid Plus Wide

*_Men's Wrestling

_* Speed Elite

Speedsweep VI

*_Skateboarding_*

Dunk High Dinosaur Jr

*_Women's Training

_* Wmns Nike Shox Q'Vida

Wmns Nike Shox O-Drive

Wmns Air Max Isleta

Wmns Nike Air Capri

Wmns Nike Musique

Wmns Nike Shox Nu Mid

Wmns Air Max Florentine Mid

Wmns Air Empowered

Wmns Nike Incyc Trainer

Wmns D4C2 Trainer

Wmns Kembali

Wmns Nike Air Achieve II

Wmns Nike Shox Turn & Go

Wmns Air Max 90 Trainer SL

Wmns Air Max 90 Trainer

Wmns Nike Free Trainer 7.0

Wmns Impax Precision SL

Wmns Impax Precision

*_Women's Running

_* Wmns Air Zoom Percept

Wmns Air Max Moto+ IV

Wmns Air Pegasus 2006

Wmns Air Zoom Apace

Wmns Air Pegasus T/C

Wmns Air Equalon

Wmns Air Structure Triax X

Wmns Air Coos

Wmns Air Zoom Elite III

Wmns Nike Free 5.0 V2

Wmns Air Zoom Moire+

Wmns Air Zoom Plus

Wmns Air Zoom Velocity+

Wmns Zoom Reflect+ Summer

Wmns Air Max 360 II

Wmns Air Max 180+ II

Wmns Air Max Azuleikit+

Wmns Air Max Masne

Wmns Air Max Rival III

Wmns Nike Shox TL IV

Wmns Nike Shox Ride III

Wmns Nike Shox Swift

Wmns Nike Shox Saikano+

Wmns Nike Shox Turbo+ IV

Wmns Air Run Dual-D II

Wmns Air Vapor II

Wmns Air N'Sight II

Wmns D4C2 Strap Runner

Wmns Nike Air Superfecta II

Wmns Nike Air Xcceleration

Wmns Dart IV Plus

*_Women's Trail Running

_* Wmns Nike Shox Junga

Wmns Nike Considered Humara

Wmns Air Assail IV

Wmns Air Zoom Explosion Trail

Wmns Nike Air Kutu Dual-D

Wmns Air Alvord IV

*_Women's Track & Field

_* Wmns Zoom Jana Star II

Wmns Jana Star Waffle II

_*Women's Walking

*_ Wmns Air Vos III

Wmns Nike Air Cardio Walk

Wmns Shoo-In

*_Women's Tennis

_* Wmns Air Zoom Mystify II

Wmns Air Zoom Court MO GT

Wmns Air Zoom Revive

Wmns Air Max Breathe 3

Wmns Air Zoom Indoor

Wmns Air Zoom Indooor TD

*_Women's Outdoor

_* Wmns Nike Air Willamit

Wmns CP 45

Wmns Nike Switchover

Wmns Teresina II S

Wmns U-Soc

Wmns Nike Considered Spudnik S

Wmns Nike Free Thong

Wmns Cortez LP Thong

Wmns Celso Girl Thong

Wmns Celso Thong Plus

Wmns Cinteo Heel

Wmns First String Slide

Wmns Benassi Swoosh

*_Women's Soccer

_* Wmns Total 90 III FG

Wmns Nike Tiempo Natural VT

_*Wmn's Baseball/Softball

*_ Wmns Air Zoom Slider MCS

Wmns Air Diamond Trainer

*_Boy's Running

_* Nike Shox Turbo IV (GS)

Nike Shox Turbo IV (PS)

Nike Shox Turbo IV (TD)

Air Max 180 RN II (GS)

Air Max 180 RN II (PS)

Air Max 180 RN II (TD)

Air Azulikeit (GS)

Nike Impax Run III (GS)

Nike Impax Run III (PS)

Little Nike Impax Run III V (TD)

*_Kid's Soccer

_* Wmns Jr Tiempo Natural VT (GS/PS)

Jr Air Zoom T90 Supremacy FG (GS)

Jr Mercurial Talaria III FG (GS)

Jr Steam FG (GS)

Jr T90 Shift Expand FG (GS/PS)

Jr Total 90 Shift Plus FG (GS/PS)

Jr Total 90 Shift Plus MG (GS/PS)

Jr Total 90 Shift Plus IC (GS/PS)

Jr Total 90 Shift Plus TF (GS/PS)

Jr Nike Noventa VT (GS/PS)

Jr Nike Tiempo Natural VT (GS/PS)

Jr Nike Tiempo Natural IC (GS/PS)

Jr Nike Tiempo Natural TF (GS/PS)

Jr Tiempo 750 II VT (GS/PS)

Total 90 Supremini TF (TD)

*_Kid's Baseball/Softball

_* Keystone ¾ (BG)

Keystone Low (BG)

Ribbie Jr (BG)

MCS 5-Tool (BG)

Jumpman Jeter MCS (BG)

*_Kid's Lacrosse

_* Land Shark Mid (BG)

*_Kid's Outdoor

_* Santiam 4 (GS)

Kid Santiam 4 (PS)

Little Santiam 4 (TD)

Sunray VIII (GS/PS)

Little Sunray VIII (TD)

Sunray Adjust II (GS/PS)

Little Sunray Adjust II (TD)

*_Kid's Wrestling

_* Speedsweep VI (BG)

_*Kid's Collection

*_ Pico Plus (PS)

Pico Plus V (PS)

Pico Plus V (TD)

_*Girl's Running

*_ Nike Shox Turbo IV (GS, PS & TD)

Air Max 180 RN II (GS, PS & TD)

Air Azulikeit+ (GS)

Nike Impax Run III (GS/ PS)

Little Nike Impax Run III V (TD)

Air Pegasus (GS)

D-Run Alt (GS/PS)

D4C2 (GS/PS)

*_Girl's Outdoor

_* Santiam 4 (GS/PS)

Little Santiam 4 (TD)

_*Girl's Sport

*_ Sunray VIII (GS/PS)

Sunray VIII (TD)

Sunray Adjust II (GS/PS)

Little Sunray Adjust II (TD)

Sunray Adjust II Print (GS/PS)

Little Sunray Adjust II Print (TD)

Baby Fit II Gift Box (CB)

Baby Fit II (CB)
 

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Response from New Balance, in case she's interested:

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Dear Janelle,

Thank you for your interest in New Balance!

All of the following models are made with synthetic materials. However,

please note that we do use different types of glues depending on what is

available. Some of our glues will contain animal products as many glues

do. Although the shoe may be made of synthetic leather it does not mean it

will be completely vegan. We do not mix real and synthetic leathers on any

shoe.

RUNNING:

Men's:

M2001GR/BK, M1222WS/SG, M1122MC, M857ST, M1024WG, M1000SR/BG/WB,

M891GY/WG/BS, M881WG, M825SO/LW, M816WN/BK, M755AW/CU, M767ST,

M719WN/SB/SM/GO, M692WN/WG/SR, M660WB/GO, M643SR/SO/BK, M587NV, M498WND,

M907OR, M872OR/BK, M809AT/BK/SG/BR, M606NV/BK/AT/BR

Women's:

W1222SP/WB, W1122MC, W1024WB, W1000WB/SP, W891WL/WG/WC/SO, W881WB, W816WB,

W857ST, W825LW/SY, W767ST, W719SR/WB/SP/GB, W692WN/WP/SG, W660WT/GP,

W643WT/BP/WR/WG, W587WB, W498WND, W907OR, W872OR, W809AT/GB/BR,

W606WO/GB/GG/BP

CROSS TRAINERS:

Men's:

MX1008W/BK, MX980WN/BK, MX716WN/BK

Women's:

WX1008W, WX980LB/PL, WX716WP/WG

WALKING:

Men's:

MW843WN/BK, MW791WN/LR, MW758WG/GR, MW659WN

Women's:

WW843WB/BK, WW791WB/GY, WW758WB/WL, WW659WL

TENNIS:

Men's:

CT1002W/NV, CT822W

Women's:

WCT1002W, WCT822W

We do not sell directly to the public, but we do have these models in

stock. A retailer that you can order these models from, that have direct

access to our inventory, is New Balance Web Express. They can be reached

at 800-595-9138 or http://www.nbwebexpress.com. Another retailer is Browns

and they can be reached at 800-728-6247 or

http://www.newbalancecatalog.com.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns by

email or you can give us a call at 800-622-1218.

Sincerely,

The New Balance Consumer Response Team
 

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Thanks for the tips everyone. I've been forwarding everything to my lady.

Also, my response from Nordstrom's was worthless. They just told me to type in a keyword in their search bar such as "canvas".
 

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I feel her pain! I haven't bought leather shoes in years and to top it off, I'm overly picky style-wise. It's very hard to find fashionable vegan shoes, especially in winter. I'm so happy the summer sandals are out! If only the weather would cooperate.

I tend to go to conventional stores and just read labels until my eyes hurt. Target and DSW are my most frequented shopping spots. Another place that often has a wide array of non-leather shoes is Urban Outfitters. Right now, there doesn't seem to be much fake leather (unlike last time I checked), but you'll find fabrics and cork galore. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/jump....=0&viewall=All
 

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My fiancee was a dietary vegetarian for 15 years when I met her. I inspired her to become a full fledged vegan and things have been going really well for the two of us. The only problem for her is that she is a shoe fanatic and we have been really struggling to find her some fashionable footwear that is cruelty free. We've tried some of the common vegan sites (i.e., veganessentials, alternativeoutfitters, etc) but she really isn't digging what they have to offer. Can anyone help me out? She has really been down about it and I'm scared that she is going to snap and start buying leather shoes again!
Don't Give up! There's LOTS out there! I work at MooShoes (www.mooshoes.com), an all vegan shoe store in NYC, and we have some really pretty new styles in-she should take a look! But if she wants really high end (read: EXPENSIVE, but Very nice!), she should check out Stella McCartneys stuff, or Beyond Skin:

http://www.beyondskin.co.uk/html/new.php, from the UK. OR she could always get custom shoes from Veganwares in Austrailia-made exactly to order-

Good Luck!
 

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If she reads Lucky magazine she may have seen this already, but they had a (small) piece on vegan shoes and accessories in the May issue. Basically it amounts to mentioning Matt & Nat, Beyond Skin, and these two places: www.nyartificial.com and www.bboheme.com. She might also considering checking out Nine West, Bandolino, and Easy Spirit. Although I don't know about glue, etc., they do have a materials option in their advanced searches, and you can look for synthetics and fabrics. There's also mohop and vegetarian shoes & bags.
 
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