Buying vegan and vegetarian shoes used to mean paying higher prices, suffering inferior comfort, missing out in the latest trends and accepting that you’ll need to buy a replacement pair sooner rather than later. As attitudes toward leather shoes and boots change, some shoe companies are opting for animal-friendly options and the choices available to us veggies and vegans is a far cry from what we could buy just a few years ago.
One of the companies leading the charge in the vegan shoe industry is British company Eco Vegan Shoes. Since they were founded in 2012 they have gained plenty of attention for their fashion-forward and practical designs. The brains behind the company fused pioneering shoe technology with an ethical ethos to produce a diverse range of styles that look good, feel good and outlast many of their competitors.
It’s clear from the Eco Vegan Shoes website that they’re not your everyday vegan shoe company. Their shoes are made to a high standard, account for comfort, look great and come in at a price that won’t break the bank. Their designs are even registered with The Vegan Society, a testament to their animal-free status.
From the innovative vegan safety shoes and boots to the metal-free Anna high heel, Eco Vegan have a distinct style that’s backed up by real innovations in the shoe industry. Inside each shoe is an Eco Ortholite insole, with a spare pair included to assist sizing and improve longevity. These soft and comfortable insoles are easily removed from the shoe and many can be machine washed to help keep your shoes clean and fresh. Another of their secret weapons is Schoeller fabric. It has the look of canvas but is water resistant, hard wearing and breathable to promote better foot health
One of their best-selling shoes is the Easy Walker, championed by vegans everywhere for its incredible comfort, durability and practical non-slip design. Available as both a safety and an occupational shoe, the Easy Walker is ideal for those who spend a lot of time on their feet and is available in a range of sizes to fit both men and women. Blue jeans and black Schoeller offer a casual look while the black microfiber has a more formal finish.
Sportier individuals will love the machine-washable microfiber Speed Trainers, a black or white sneaker with a faux leather upper and a grippy sole that will even stand up to skateboarding. Its design follows the current trends in sport shoes without using animal products that are detrimental to the environment. They’ve even created a version with a safety toe cap to offer a trendier look for warehouse and construction workers in want of something more stylish for work.
The rest of their range includes colourful sneakers, snappy unisex ankle boots, metal-free high heels and even hiking boots. We’re told there are lots of new designs in the pipeline with a focus on trend-setting styles for both men and women. The first of their new releases has just gone live on their site, having already received a stellar reception on Facebook and at UK exhibitions like Vegfest and VDelicious. The Hellen high heels have a Mary Jane strap and 4-inch heel and come in black, red and nude, meeting customer requests for sexy vegan shoes for women.
Eco Vegan Shoes are holding a mid-season sale from July 17th 2013 with up to 50% off a range of their bestselling shoes. Customers in the UK will receive free shipping and returns and the company dispatch their shoes worldwide.