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03/31/2014

Faux Moccs: Stylish vegan shoes for kids are here!  »

Finding vegan shoes for children isn’t very easy. I had been searching high and low for about six months with only a few questionable pairs to show for it when I heard about Faux Moccs, a company created by Kortney Campbell, one of the Vegan Housewives, I knew that I had found my solution. I interviewed her for an in-depth look into this vegan mom-run company. 

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According to Kortney, the soft-bottom design of Faux Moccs is especially important for the development of baby and toddler feet. The sylish design of the Faux Moccs encourages babies and toddlers to spread their toes and feet naturally while still offering protection from the outdoors. The fact that children’s developing feet were taken into consideration in the construction of the shoe makes them worth their weight in eco-friendly material. They are made from either nylon or polysester fiber matric manufactured in the USA (the vast majority being nylon). They are breathable and water resistant with no PVC, vinyl or plasticizers. Eco-friendly, vegan, AND biomechanically sound? This is a combo unlike any I’ve ever seen in the kids’ shoe department.

Kortney came up with Faux Moccs when she was having a hard time finding cruelty-free footwear for her 17-month-old son, Judah. Once she realized that other moms were probably having the same issues, she decided to veganize a shoe that would fit her (and his) needs. She tapped into her love of moccasins, her degree in fashion design, and her hero, Betsey Johnson, for inspiration. The resulting design is nothing short of genius. The array of colors offered combined with the handsome look of the shoe are sure to make any mom happy to dress up her little one for a playdate. Kortney says she hopes to release new designs with each season — our kids can be fashionable all year long as they outgrow their stylish vegan shoes.

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Check out Faux Moccs here.

Jessica Schoech is the founder of The Vedge App, an up-and-coming app that will revolutionize the way we find veg food worldwide. She is a self-professed crunchy, vegan mom (cloth diapers, anyone?), wife, and foodie, who finds the most joy in welcoming people of all backgrounds to the green side, especially vegan parents and children. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at Power to the Veg! on Facebook. Images courtesy Faux Moccs.

07/23/2013

Help Beyond Skin expand their awesome vegan shoe line!  »

Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!

My absolute favorite vegan shoe line, Beyond Skin, is in need of help! A manufacturer of their shoes has closed down, taking their new line with it. But there’s hope! If you donate to their Kickstarter (which is hardly a donation as you can totally get shoes!! SHOES!!), they can make this collection a reality!

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A £69 donation gets you a pair of these babies in black!

I can’t say enough good things about Beyond Skin. I’ve had pairs of shoes from them that I bought like literally eight years ago and wore a million times and they’re still in great condition. They are comfortable (most of them) and don’t fall apart like so many vegan shoes! Plus they aren’t just vegan, they are people- and environmentally friendly. So I encourage you to chip in today!

07/11/2013

Nicora Johns wants to make gorgeous vegan shoes. They want to make them domestically, with environmentally responsible materials, in beautiful, classic styles.

They’re asking for a LOT of money on Kickstarter to launch the project, which seems daunting, but isn’t this everything you could ask for in a vegan shoe? Check out the styles! I want ALL OF THEM, especially the Sylvias boot and patent Sallys lace-up, oh man. So elegant!

Seriously, if you’re into U.S.-based manufacturing, vegan fashion, environmentally responsible fashion, or beautiful shoes, you should probably support Nicora Johns. One day the only option for (new) shoes will be vegan styles, but let’s work to make that a choice, not because we’ve ruined the planet and have to fashion foot-covers out of burlap sacks and old leaves.

(link via Ecouterre)

05/23/2013

Krže Studio makes fancy vegan shoes!  »

imageAnd they’re so exclusive we can’t even buy them yet! They look like they’re gonna be tough and pretty and totally expensive, but you know what? Quality vegan shoes aren’t cheap. Not to knock cheap vegan shoes! But generally shoes at a higher price point come with things like padded footbeds, a little arch support, and consideration that they have to be worn on actual human feet.

I’m super into the Keely booties above in black; I love that buckle underneath! The 100 percent lack of functionality, without even a pretense of usefulness! It’s so insouciant, right?

I also really like the Hazel slip-ons in this crinkly metallic orange.

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If you’re going to wear a shoe with such a basic shape, you ought to get creative with the color and materials. You can wear boring shoes when you’re dead!

Krže Studio was created by Leila Tamar Kerze, who studied fashion design at college and worked for BCBG and Donald J. Pliner before striking out on her vegan own.

When can you buy these shoes? Where can you buy them? I have no answers for you. What I do know is that these shoes have a lot of attitude and I am glad people see a market for luxury vegan footwear. Leather is so passé.

Super important update!!!: Megan loves this pair! -MR

[images via Krzhe Studio]

01/25/2013

These cute vegan boots are on Groupon today! Good looking out, Kate K. I’ve never really been into combat boots but these I think I could get down with. I like the folded down thing. 

These cute vegan boots are on Groupon today! Good looking out, Kate K. I’ve never really been into combat boots but these I think I could get down with. I like the folded down thing. 

01/22/2013

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’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.

12/12/2012

Anne Hathaway’s custom vegan Tom Ford boots!  »

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Tom Ford did a vegan version of his spring 2013 boots for Anne Hathaway to wear at the New York premiere of Les Misérables, because she is a famous vegan movie star, and why wouldn’t Tom Ford make you, famous vegan movie star, fabulous a vegan version of his elaborate bondage-sandal boots for the premiere of your latest, biggest movie in New York City?

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I’m not in love with the actual boots, but I am in love with the idea of designers accommodating their vegan movie star fans with ethically appropriate fashion pieces. Dear Anne Hathaway, please wear these to the grocery store.

[photos via TLo and NYMag]

11/27/2012

NYC: Brave GentleMan sale!  »

Hey people, Friday is your chance to hang with Joshua of Brave GentleMan and get a discount on his superfly shoes! Deets:

This Friday Nov. 30th, Get 15% off all Brave GentleMan x Novacas shoes, in-store only at MooShoes NYC from 5-9pm. More styles are back in stock for this one-day event, and  I’ll be there to help you pick out a pair and hang out.

MooShoes
5pm – 8pm
78 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

You should really try to get there kids because these jawns are hot

11/12/2012

Bogs footwear keeps you warm and dry in the slush!  »

It’s been kind of a weather nightmare in New York as of late. I’m sure you all heard about Sandy, but then this past week we had a dang snowstorm. Seriously? Seriously. And as usual, I was completely ill-prepared for snow. I had some cheap boots on that immediately let icy cold water seep in and they have no traction so I pretty much almost slipped and died 80 times. I thought, “omg I should’ve word those boots Bogs sent me!” They sent these boots to me for free last year but the weather wasn’t that cray back then. Now, the weather is CRAY with a capital JEEZ LOUISE. Basically, it’s perfect Bogs weather.

My Bogs, picture above, are called the Charlot and they are completely vegan (obvi). Not all the boots are vegan, some have leather. But the insoles are vegan so you don’t have to worry about that. These boots are bulkier than I expected so don’t think you’ll be wearing them to the club, but they sure are rugged. And I got compliments from the girls at work, so that is always a good sign. I walked around in the slush and didn’t slip once and my feet stayed totally dry and toasty. 

Here’s some nice background from Bogs:

Bogs are made with 100% natural rubber sourced fairly from Malaysia and non-toxic glue. The materials we use are die-cut to minimize waste. Our shoe boxes are made from recycled materials and are shipped from the manufacturing plants by sea to reduce our environmental impact.

They also sell a line of camouflage ”hunting” boots but I like to think of them as “wildlife photography” boots. There are a lot of other styles and colors to choose from. Bogs are great for snowy/slushy/icy/rainy days or super for you farmer/gardener types. And if you like to jump around in mud, get some Bogs and you’re good to go.

UPDATE: I got official word on which Bogs are vegan and which aren’t (because I’m the best!):

All Bogs are Vegan except the following styles (which have leather on them):
McKenna, Mason, Seymour, Hudson Buckle, Jamison Leather and Bridgeport Leather. 
Everything else we make is using a mix of natural and synthetic rubber (about 80% natural) and are vegan-friendly. 

And they are working on manufacturing Bogs without glue (through a new heating process) and making their antimicrobial lining on the insoles 100% organic. Look out for that next year. I’m very excited for this!

11/09/2012

I’m so into these new(?) boots from Brave GentleMan! Not only are they hot and vegan, they are also ethically sourced. Dudes: you should all get these. I’m trying to make my pal Kevin Still get them. I’m helping him upgrade his wardrobe because I’m so nice. He didn’t even have to ask for my help. But boy does he need it! He wanted to try on cargo pants. Like, really.

I’m so into these new(?) boots from Brave GentleMan! Not only are they hot and vegan, they are also ethically sourced. Dudes: you should all get these. I’m trying to make my pal Kevin Still get them. I’m helping him upgrade his wardrobe because I’m so nice. He didn’t even have to ask for my help. But boy does he need it! He wanted to try on cargo pants. Like, really.

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