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!  »

Hello, sailor! Your friend Megan Rascal is in love. Ew, no! Not with a person! Gross! I’m in love with the final shoe from the Keep and Animal Collective Collection. The Ramos, by Panda Bear!:

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 ups the ante! Animal Collective’s Ramos soon to be in adult sizes!  »

If you can remember all the way back to Monday (lush), you may recall the kids’ Ramos by Geologist, the latest addition to the Keep and Animal Collective collaboration. Well guess what?! People were all like, “Screw the children’s, I want a pair!” And Keep has delivered: the Ramos by Geologist will soon come in adult sizes. She-bangs! (That’s going to be my new exclamation of choice. Thanks Ricky!)

This picture is just a mock-up because I guess they were so excited about the announcement, they didn’t want to wait until they actually make one of these shoes. I’m into this mock-up though; you’re seeing something that doesn’t exist! It’s basically a unicorn. Just kidding, unicorns are totally played. It’s more like a libertarian who doesn’t annoy the shit out of me [Ed.: us!].


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!

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