Keep’s free pair giveaway is back! Every week No. 1 best beloved vegan sneaker producer, Keep Company, will give away a free pair of shoes, and all you have to do to win is fill out a brief form. If you want to share the link with your friends, you could win TWO pairs of Keeps, but it’s not necessary! No reblogging/retweeting/commenting required, just as a contest should be. So click through and enter!
If you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes and can’t wait to be randomly selected, Keep is having a big sale, too. Pictured is The Homer in Indian Summer, which, with the sale and the extra 30 percent off coupon code “HELLO2013,” you can get your hands on for a mere $35. So worth it.
Keep shoes for Japan! »
I got this in an email from Keep today. Pretty cool! “A portion from every sale of our Japanese Thatch collection will be donated to Japanese Disaster Relief efforts.” There’s no more info on their site about it, at least none I can find, so I don’t know the percentage they’re donating or anything but every little bit helps! Plus VEGAN SNEAKERS HOLLER AT ME.
Now if only they had some kind of Haitian thatch shoe! Of course you don’t need to buy vegan shoes to donate money to Haiti, or Japan for that matter, but it would definitely be a bonus! Vegan shoes make everything better. It’s nature’s way!
Hey L.A.! Keep sample sale! The whole weekend long! »
All lovers of hot vegan kicks should get their Southern California-living selves over to Keep’s sample sale, happening NOW through Sunday at their Los Angeles office! Sample sales mean HUGE DISCOUNTS! And Keep shoes are remarkably true-to-size; if you wear a U.S. women’s size 7½, Keep’s size 7½s will fit just right, I swear. It’s amazing! Or maybe not, because they are default-women’s sized.
I’m super-into the Benton in organic glen plaid houndstooth; it’s a way-comfy shoe, and the mixed patterns in neutral colors mean they will go with roughly everything without being boring.
Keep’s sample sale runs today and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keep is located at 418A Bamboo Lane, between Hill and Broadway (“up the alley from Phoenix Bakery”). Go on, dispose of some income!
Keep reveals the final Animal Collective shoe! This time for serious! »
Dudes, this shoe is the hotness. This is officially my favorite of the whole collection. Like, you can tell the authorities. Cut, print, dishes are done!
Panda Bear,* a.k.a. Noah Lennox, had this to say: “I’ve always liked camouflage patterns and I’d be lying if I said the idea of blending into the environment and becoming invisible didn’t excite me a little bit.” Hmmm, sounds like someone should maybe be on suicide watch? I don’t know, I’m not a doctor. Just kidding! I’m totally a doctor. Doctor of Love! Kidding again, I will die alone.
As we know from the past posts on this collection, the sale of these shoes benefits the Socorro Island Conservation fund. So you’re basically a jerk if you don’t buy them! There are two weeks left in the pre-order period, wherein buying the shoes also gets you “a cassette tape of previously unreleased music.” Incentive!
Hey, now that the whole collection is out, let’s all vote on our favorite design! After that, we can braid each others’ hair and play MASH! But for real, which one do you like best?
*I’m finding the name Panda Bear really attractive. Like, let’s bang. What? He’s not actually a panda bear! And as far as I know, not a furry so I say GAME ON.
Keep reveals the third Animal Collective Collection shoe! »
Hey-o! I think it’s the best one yet! It’s the kids Ramos by Geologist (nice nickname, Brian Weitz. Just kidding, I hate it (but we can’t all be Rascals! Just kidding, I’m taking applications)) and it’s the third
and last in the Keep/Animal Collective Collection to benefit the Socorro Island Conservation Fund. I’m a little conflicted because it has SHARKS and it rules, but they don’t make them for adults! BUT! The kids’ shoes are tiny and adorable and how excited would little you have been to wear shark shoes?
Geologist had this to say about the shoes:
My design was inspired by three things—a doodle I often draw based on an image of a shark I saw on a beach closed sign, a birthday card Abby Portner made me a while back that had sort of a wallpaper feel to it, and having to get clothes for my kid. I just thought about how psyched I would be when I was a kid to have had sharks on my shoes and how psyched my kid will be to wear a pair if he ends up liking sharks. So basically I wanted to make a shoe for him and I decided to combine the above three things.
Now I want to know if his kid does eventually like sharks. Maybe he will update us! See people, that’s how you do a human-interest story: leave them wanting more! If you happen to order these kicks for your tiny tot, please please please send your Vegansaurus pictures! I promise to post them!
[Edit: there’s actually four shoes coming out in total! My bad! Thanks for the catch, Super Friend!]
Keep reveals the second Animal Collective Collection shoe! »
This is the Guerra hightop designed by Deakin of Animal Collective; it’s the second shoe in their collaboration with Keep shoes. As Meave previously wrote, Keep will donate all the profits from sales of this Collection to the Socorro Island Conservation Fund. SWEET.
My official word: I’m into them. You know I love a hightop but I’m also super into embroidery. Shut up, I am. Deakin was inspired by his scuba-diving:
Telling friends how psyched I was to have seen Blue Fin [sic] Tuna, I also realized that though they have eaten Blue Fin, [most people] have no idea what tuna look like. I thought it would be cool to represent tuna in some way that I thought looked sweet and would want to wear.
That’s true, right? He was prob like, “I saw a bluefin tuna!” and his homies were probably picturing a can of tuna floating along. Maybe some sashimi.
I like these better than the first shoes from the collection; they are more wearable in my opinion. Dark blue, no cartoonish pictures. A little artsy-craftsy. Dope.
[Sorry peeps, I’m sick with British germs so you may notice a few less exclamation points than usual. PS: I’m back from my vacation!]
Keep reveals the first Animal Collective Collection shoe! »
Our regular sneaker correspondent is traveling the continent in search of vegan treasures (read: food, liquor, and hot dudes), but if she were here she’d be all over this news from Keep Company, announcing the first design in their Keep + Animal Collective collection: the Avey Tare-designed Tobin!
What do you think, sneaker-loving youth? Would you buy this shoe? Keep makes it from women’s sizes 5 through 14 U.S., and did we mention before, although Keep shoes have multigender appeal, they are designed around a lady’s foot, and sized with ladies’ feet in mind? This means, in part, that they don’t run out of common sizes too quickly, for us common-sized-footed ladies. Also, they may be a bit narrower than your average multigender (“unisex” is such a gross word) shoe, but don’t hold us to that. How about another angle?
Keep will donate all the profits from sales of the Animal Collective Collection shoes to the Socorro Island Conservation Fund. Socorro Island is part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, which is located in the Pacific Ocean around 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, and is a Mexican “protected biosphere and sanctuary.” The Conservation Fund aids the Mexican government in stopping illegal fishing around the islands, and in prosecuting the offenders.
That is pretty great, right? Yes of course it is! Humpback whales use those islands as a rest stop! They’ve counted something like 20 different shark species there, including the ultra-creepy hammerhead, and a third the coral is unique to the islands. OBVIOUSLY they need to be protected. If we can protect the actual Galapagos, then we can protect the “Mexican Galapagos.” So maybe you should buy some shoes! If you buy in advance—the shoes won’t be available until March 2011—you’ll also get “a cassette tape featuring previously unrecorded music.” Hopefully you still have a cassette player! Maybe you can sell it on eBay and donate the proceeds to the SICF as well, because you’re such a good person.
Remember, if this design doesn’t suit you, two more are on their way!
Breaking news! Animal Collective partners with Keep, youngins rejoice! »
Animal Collective is like totally popular, right? The kids these days, they love them, no? I don’t know much about this newfangled music but I did see Animal Collective with Panda Bear like eight years ago during my D.C. days, before they were so popular. I’m obviously the coolest. No but I enjoyed it very much. I’m just too busy listening to Billy Paul to keep up with the kids these days! That’s right: TSOP, motherfuckers!
Pairing up dope vegan sneaks with a nice band is right up my alley! Well done, pals, well done.
[can’t see the video? watch it at vegansaurus.com!]
Vegansaurus NYC: Pilgrimage to MooShoes »
My friends! I’ve been to vegan fashion Mecca and I can now tell you with all certainty that Allah loves us! The proof is in all the beautiful vegan duds at MooShoes. OMG you KNOW Megan Rascal was dying, as I do love a nice vegan shoe. And the women working there were very nice! Even though I insinuated that their cat was fat within the first five minutes I was in the store. I’m all class! They have two cats actually who are both large and both adorbs, and apparently one will kill your dog.
What can I report? Matt & Nat are doing their thing with the wallets! Like, whoa. Novacas, olsenHaus (sorry, that’s how they write their name) and Neuaura all continue to hold it down with the hotness in the ladies’ shoe department. I bought a sweet pair of Novacas boots and I also picked up these dope Neuaura oxfords:
I know I’m currently unemployed but I have to go on INTERVIEWS, jerks! If I had to interview someone and they were wearing these shoes? I’d be like, “yes sir, I DO believe you’re a rocket scientist! Hired!” See? Easy. “Work experience” is out, dope kicks are in.
They also had shoes from Keep, some cute shirts by Herbivore and lots of stuff by Vegetarian Shoes. There were many plenty of sneakers for my homeboys in the crowd; I like a nice caramel-colored men’s dress shoe, but I didn’t see any. There were some sharp black ones though, and you guys could step up your game a little. JK! I love you! Take your shirts off! Send me pictures!
Disclaimer!: they totally gave me 10 percent off—maybe because I said I was writing about them; maybe because I’m awesome and people just love doing stuff for me all the time. Another possibility: I spent a shit-ton of money.
Bonus!: It’s around the corner from Babycakes! After I got my new interview shoes, I bounced over to Babycakes and got my interview cinnamon doughnut. No, it was just a regular cinnamon doughnut! Got ya! Oh, you.
Vegan sneaks for a good cause »
Check it out! For the month of September, my favorite vegan sneaker company, Keep, and online store pickyourshoes.com will donate proceeds (not sure how much) from the sale of Keep sneakers to Greenpeace to help clean up the Gulf oil spill. Huzzah!
Keep made me sad when they stopped offering the insane variety of color and pattern choices they used to have. Seriously, it was crazy; they had like 12 different color choices for each sneaker and I loved it. Now they only offer a few choices for each sneak! Lame! But they are still the dopest vegan sneakers around and I still love them. But guess what? It looks like pickyourshoes.com has some of the old sneaker models Keep doesn’t sell anymore! Exciting! To me! I have these fly-ass shoes, “The Nuss,” (pictured left) which Keep still sells but not in this pattern anymore. These shoes are the hotness and I get like a million compliments an hour when I wear them. I like to call them my Pacific Northwest skater shoes. Get ‘em while they’re hot!