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Vegansaurus loves shoes! Fancy shoes, casual shoes, ridiculous shoes, sensible shoes: We love to make our feet look their best. And Keep makes stylish, durable, charming vegan shoes to keep your feet happy. Do it to it!
(Also: Hi, Keep’s tumblr! We love you guys!)
These adorbs Dansko’s are not only vegan but are on sale at Zappos.com right now for $84 which is still a lot, but cheaper than normal! I’m wearing plaid Danskos right now, you can get flowers and we’ll clash amazingly!
I honestly don’t think I could ever pull these off but you’d be the kind of girl I’d get a secret crush on if you managed it. Send us a photo!
Ecouterre has a list of 14 eco-friendly vegan shoe companies, for those of you who don’t like wearing
toxic plastic footballs on your feet Payless. Yay, innovations in fashion and my crippling online shopping addiction! Boo, my measly paychecks and crippling online shopping addiction!
Sometimes I feel like all I do is give Keep free advertising but look at this picture! It’s only the cutest thing in history! Oh, cats and vegan shoes, two of my favorite things. We should have a cats and vegan shoes calendar! Who wants to be in charge of that? I would do it but 1. I hate photography and 2. I’m overwhelmed looking for a stupid apartment in stupid New York. So someone else will have to steer this ship!
How do we like this brown and denim shoe? I’m into it. But can you wear it with jeans? Or is that like denim overload?
VEGAN PUMAS, bitch!* According to Ecoterre, “The ‘Re-Suede,’ which debuted on Friday, is a retooled version that comprises 100 percent recycled materials and a new outsole derived from rice husks.” Environmentally sound fucking Pumas. Let’s rejoice and dance in the streets and shit, for it’s a beautiful day!
I can’t tell where you can buy them, because the press release doesn’t talk about that because, as usual, it’s a useless waste of internet space. Press releases, why you so jankety!? Can anyone find them? I searched “Re-Suede” on the Puma site and came up with jack and that’s about the extent of work that I’m willing to put into this.
*Imagine me saying that like Jesse Pinkman, bitch!
Vegan summer-sandal round-up at Ecouterre! My favorite are these booties by Cri de Coeur; they’d keep your feet cool and far away from the filthy pavement, plus walking on big wooden heels makes you feel tall and powerful.
These are all women’s sandals because no one wants to see a dude’s feet. Put your toes away! Also put away your flip-flops, everyone, they are indoor-only. “But they’re so comfortable and rubber shoes are totally vegan!” They are also tacky and lazy.* Plus there are lots of comfortable shoes out there that you would never wear in a hostel shower. COME ON. What about these flats from Big Buddha? They’re nice and uncomplicated and million times better than a grody flip-flop.
What’s your favorite summer shoe?
*My other strict fashion rules include: no pajamas/workout clothes outside of the home/gym (even the OnePiece!); no Birkenstocks outside the home; no visible undergarments (no one ever died from wearing a slip goddamn it). Unless of course you’re at home, in which case, wear all the flip-flops and see-through blouses you want, you vulgar darlings.
New plastic shoes from Melissa! These are one of two designs by Jason Wu, who has inexplicably used fur in past collections, but we’ll forgive him a little for that because these are super-duper adorable. Can’t tell you the cost because they’re not available yet, but according to Fashionologie you’ll be able to get them in black, burgundy, “nude,” and “transparent gray,” and lined with “pink and black lace.”
I am not crazy for owls, but I love these shoes’ weird soap-dish-y form and teeny tiny peep toes—almost cutesy, but I bet the hideousness of “transparent gray” will bring them into ugly-cuteness. Either way, SHOES I LOVE SHOES.
I must own these. And these. And these. I have
unique amazing taste in footwear and I think these are the fucking cutest and can’t nobody say boo to me about it. But, uh, Cally, what you think? Vi? Opinions? Meave?
Oh, and there made in Tel Aviv! So cool! And are purposefully vegan because they love animals! AND FREE SHIPPING. Goodbye, monies! It was nice knowing you!
Review: Earth Elite Vegan boots from PlanetShoes! »
You guys, I got free boots. And they are amazing.
PlanetShoes contacted Vegansaurus in January to see if we’d be interested in sampling their services. After some editorial discussion, I decided that as I’m totally in this for personal gain—presents, money, the adulation of anonymous masses—then yes, it would be a really great idea if they sent me a free pair of vegan shoes to review.
Knowing I would soon be living in the republic of Georgia, which in the winter is a snowy country and in the spring a wet one, I thought, how about wellies? Or even better, insulated wellies! I chose this pair, the Earth Elite Vegan. In leopard, because animal prints work best when used unconventionally (or at least not as underpants, ugh).
One of my feet is nearly a half-size smaller than the other, which is spectacularly inconvenient, but I wear a between U.S. women’s sizes 7 and 8, so at least I can always find shoes to (mostly) fit. In a dream world, they’d sell shoes individually, but this is real life and not even clothes-by-weight places will sell you single shoes, so I ordered a 7.5 and hoped.
The boots arrived just a week before I was scheduled to leave, so I didn’t get much time to break them in. The first time I wore them outdoors, actually, was to walk through the sleet in Tbilisi to fill a prescription before my disgusting cold and I left for the village where I’d live the next four months. They kept my feet warm and dry, so I was pleased.
I was more pleased the more I wore them, which was between once a week and daily during February, March, and April. The seasons have been weird and late in Georgia since their snowless winter and utterly freezing-cold January and February. March, too was cold and wet, and while it’s warmed up for spring it still rains almost daily. Meaning, I’ve really made use of these boots! They fit snugly over tights and tights-and-socks (noting I have like average-size calves), and the fleecy lining kept my feet and legs toasty warm. Actually, they’re too well insulated for warmer-weather rain, but for winter (and presumably autumn) they’re ideal. The soles are comfortable, although they didn’t keep my feet from freezing on the cement floors in the unheated school; I don’t count that against them, I have a condition.
Walking on Earth Shoe soles is weird; I may have been the only woman in Georgia wearing fashion! boots that made her shorter. They are quite comfortable though. And the zippers are nearly waterproof! I tested this one March day by wading into a knee-deep, freezing cold river; the boots let in a negligible amount of water right on the zipper line, which dried very quickly after I got out. Because they’re fitted to your leg, water can’t splash over the top, so all of you covered by boot is protected in whatever weather. They make a lovely squeaking sound when you knock them together, and they are really easy to clean. They protected me from rain, puddles, mud, and other perils of a two-kilometer walk to school over a partially paved road, and you can roll up the legs to pack them with ease.
What I’m saying is, I love these boots. You might, too! Why not buy a pair? Oh, because it’s going to be summer soon and it hardly rains at all in California, let alone in the summer—well, they’re on sale NOW, so maybe taking advantage of that would be smarter than thinking about shoe purchases in the short term? MAYBE. Or don’t buy them, whatever. I had warm and dry feet all snowy/sleety/rainy/hail-y winter/spring long, these boots are great. And they come in colors like black and red and whatever if you’re not ready for/you’re not looking for the extra attention drawn by leopard print. Earth Shoes! Worn by hippie weirdos AND your Vegansaurus!
Vegan-friendly rock climbing! Work it out! »
I wasn’t vegan when I started rock climbing a few years ago, but I was lucky enough to already own a pair of synthetic climbing shoes when I decided to become a vegan. For all of you climbers who weren’t so lucky or if you’re a vegan and new to climbing I did some research on some of the top synthetic climbing shoes to share with you all.
Defy’s are my original climbing shoe love. They are great for beginners or any level for that matter! They even come in purple (for the ladies?). If you are looking for something a little bit more aggressive you might like the Five Ten Blackwings. These shoes provide stability and comfort while giving you the edge to tackle the more advanced climbs. And these are just hella cute! For you mini-climbers you can check out the Venga’s by Evolv. Nothing better than a day at the local crag with the kidlins.
In general Evolv will be your go-to company for climbing shoes; they offer the most vegan-friendly climbing shoes out of any climbing company. Vegan win! When you go to purchase climbing shoes I definitely recommend going into an actual store and having someone fit you. Buying climbing shoes is nothing like buying your trendy Toms. You want them to fit very tight (but not painful) and have to know what you’ll be wearing them for. It would be a huge waste of money to buy some advanced shoes if you are just a beginner.
If you already know how to fit yourself and don’t mind waiting for a package to come in the mail then feel free to try ordering a pair online. If you live in the Portland area I think you should check ClimbMax. They don’t have the biggest selection of vegan climbing shoes but everyone who works there is very knowledgeable and will do their best to answer your questions. ClimbMax also carries ropes, quick draws, cams, guide books and just about anything you could think about needing for your climbing adventures.
For all things outdoors make sure to take a trip out to Next Adventure. Always start in their bargain basement for gently used products such as tents, sleeping bags, and hiking shoes! If you prefer shiny gear, stay on the main level and don’t forget to head upstairs for camp cooking utensils and gear.
Next to having the right gear, I’m all about planning what to eat when I go climbing! Don’t make the mistake my friend made on one unfortunate climbing trip: He decided to leave the house with only a Costco-size box of danishes. FOR A WHOLE WEEK! Lucky for him I showed up with a car full of food. When planning what to eat you have to take into consideration your surroundings. Will you be in a traditional camp site? Are you staying in someone’s house or a hotel? Or are you just going out for a day?
No matter what the case, always remember that you are classier than PB&J and veggie dogs (gag). For ease, prepare what you can at home. Plan on having stir fry? Portion out your rice or grain of choice and have your vegetables pre-sliced. For climbing trips some of my favorite foods to cook include curries, stir fries, soups, pita pizzas (super easy to make if you have a Dutch oven), and really just about anything you can think of! I love being the envy of the cooking site when I go out on climbing trips.
For breakfast try to keep it simple, oatmeal with some fruit mixed in is a perfect, hearty meal to start your day. It’s fast and clean up is fairly easy. The goal is to get the job done and beat the other climbers to the best climbs, or, you know, to try to catch up to the other climbers because your alarm didn’t go off. Lunch is always best kept in snack form. I always keep an assortment of Cliff bars, mixed nuts, and dried fruits in my pack (and sometimes a PB&J). But most important of the food rules is DO NOT FORGET YOUR WATER! I know from experience that it can get above 100 degrees very fast at Smith Rock State Park in the summer and you would be a dead climber walking without your water bottle.On a side note: Vitamin Water and Crystal Light do not count as water! Only plain-jane water will do.
When you’re out there climbing just remember to have fun, be good and learn something new (like how to apply your vegan ethics to the basic ethics of climbing)! So vegan brothers and sisters, there are no more excuses. Get some shoes, get out to Smith Rock or whatever, and do your thing!
Chelsea Catchpole is a vegan who hails from the mystical land of Portland, Ore. She is a barista by day and a blogger, climber, and “chef” by night. You can normally find her wandering the isles of New Seasons or The People’s co-op. The rest of her free time is spent cuddling with her two cats, Sushi and Mojo-Jojo. You can read her other musings here.