You CAN buy vegan shoes without spending a fortune
The problem of buying vegan shoes
I like variety in the food I eat, the clothes I wear and the shoes I own. If it looks too samey, then I won't want it, and if it's animal based, I won't want to buy it or use it.
The assumption about vegan shoes
When others have noticed my shoes, if they don't know how strongly I feel about only wearing vegan shoes, they will assume that they aren't vegan. This assumption is usually expressed by, 'but your shoes aren't vegan are they?'
When friends have been thinking about making the shift to a plant-based lifestyle; they have often asked me whether vegan shoes exist or not. This is often followed by comments about the notion that they must be expensive as they're a niche product and therefore, they probably wont have much choice in terms of colour, style etc.
It is true?
No. I have perhaps too many shoes - boots, flats, heels, casual comfy shoes and sandals. They are ALL vegan. The shoes last ages, feel good, are comfortable, easy to clean and look great! Oh and they're NOT expensive. :)
The surprise of finding vegan shoes where you may not expect to
The biggest tip I can give you is expect to find them where you wouldn't think to look!
I have been to stores like Clarks who don't have a single animal friendly shoe, yet New Look has lots of them! They sell different shoes in different colours, with different textures and varying heel sizes. They even have wide fit shoes!
There are also companies that specialise in vegan shoes. If you type "vegan shoes London" in to a search engine, you'll be surprised at how many stores/online companies come up. I put "London" as an example but plant-based shoes are everywhere, so do have a search! :)
Another idea is to shop in places like Brighton where there's a large vegan community. You'll have loads of choice and might even wish you hadn't gone there because you won't know what to choose and what to reject.
What about vegan shoes for men?
No sexism here! Plant-based shoes are available in many many styles for men AND women.
Have a look and let me know how you get on. :)
"Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels."
- Professor Edgar Hertwich