Online Shopping Tip
Shoppers from outside the UK can snap up bargains at the moment due to the low value of the Pound compared to the Euro and the Dollar. Many of the online stores featured offer worldwide delivery and, if you live outside the EU, a VAT refund (VAT is effectively a UK sales tax and the rate is currently at 20%).
Vegan shoes are shoes that contain no animal products at all. Whilst many vegan shoes may look like they are made from leather, they are in fact made from man made leather which is now very similar to the real thing, and in many cases actually better than natural leather. Vegan clothing was given popular appeal by the fashion designer Stella McCartney. However, now there are many other companies that produce Vegan Shoes, some of which are entirely mainstream.
For example, the shoe picture top right is the result of a collaboration between Vivienne Westwood and the shoe manufacturer Melissa. These shoes, this particular model being called the Vivienne Westwood Melissa Lady Globe Dragon Shoe, is worn by vegans and none vegans alike. It is made entirely from plastic.
Here are some other manufacturers of Vegan Shoes:
- Bourgeois Boheme.
Bourgeois Boheme make vegan shoes and boots for men and women. A UK based company, it was founded by husband and wife team Alicia and Van, who wanted to provide great footwear that was also sustainable, ethical and compassionate to humans, animals and the environment.
Neuaura is a US company, launched by Arti Upadhyay who knew that there were many women, like herself, who were looking for fashion forward yet animal friendly designs. Neuaura shoes contain no leather, fur, silk, shell, wool or pearls. In fact, they contain nothing of animal origin. In addition, no animal by products are used during the manufacturing process.
Olsenhaus is a US company who are committed to producing footwear which is animal free and cruelty free, with a knowledge of the impact that consumerism can have on the welfare of animals and the environment. All Olsenhaus footwear is 100% vegan.
Where can I buy Vegan Shoes and boots online?
Fashion Conscience sell a great range of vegan shoes, including footwear from the above brands, and in addition these other Vegan Shoe manufacturers:
- Beyond Skin
- Cri de Coeur
Also check out the Melissa Designer Shoes at Nonnon which are made from vegan Melflex plastic.