Tell Winter to Take a Hike with Your Very Own Men’s Boots Winter Round-up! »
Like Megan said, winter means boot season, and for the guys, well, what’s out there? We all know about vegan Doc Martens and Oxfords but that can’t be it, is it? WELL YOU’RE IN LUCK! I’ve plumbed the depths of the internet and hit the streets (and even test drove a few pairs at home) to bring you the ultimate men’s vegan boots guide for 2009. Let’s do this!
My favorites of the year, the Leo Boot from Novacas. Check out the awesome detail, made in Portugal by an all vegan shoe designer. Be sure to click through and check out the soles. At $159 from Mooshoes, the Leos are some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned.
Ninja-style Tabi boots! In four different colors! Sou Sou just showed up in San Francisco with the arrival of the New People department store in Japantown, so get down there and start obsessing over them. Not just for the boots, but for their full collection of endlessly changing designs. Each pair is made by hand from canvas and rubber, and you’ll look badass walking around with cloven ninja hooves. (And while you’re at New People, duck into the Gothic Lolita shop and go crazy. Seriously this place will make your HEAD EXPLODE.) $96.
More in the “canvas and rubber” genre, we have Zuriick’s Ivan Tuxedo boot, $79. I basically love everything Zuriick does. They’re one of the few lines of men’s shoe that isn’t afraid of colors, and the purple soles on the Ivan Tuxedos should give you a hint of where it can go. Zuriick isn’t an all-vegan company, so there’s still the leather minefield to contend with. But I’ve owned two pairs of theirs so far, and their canvas shoes are the real deal. No animals, score!
Who doesn’t love Palladiums? Sturdy, military-style, and vegan. Ideal for marching through the mud, or just looking good while standing in line for a soy cappuccino. $70 direct from Palladium, or buy them locally at Shoe Biz on Valencia in SF.
Next up, Laredo cowboy-style boots on Zappos, for riding your pleather horse and herding your soy cows. They even went the extra mile and printed on the fake ostrich skin pattern. Not my cup of tea, but, they exist! For $81! On sale!
Get your cybergoth on and bring back the 90s with a pair of incredibly heavy Madfish Big Sharks. My rivethead days are far behind me, but sometimes you need to get tarted up for the DNA Lounge, and New Rocks just won’t do. £64.99 from Kinky Angel in the UK, or just wander around the Camden Markets and save the £35.00 shipping.