4th February 2010
Thankfully away from the land of charming princes and fairy godmothers a real life vegan like myself doesn’t have to go to such great lengths as a pair of glass slippers for a vegan shoes.
I can still however feel like the belle of the ball when I finally get to wear these babies out. A very generous Christmas present last year from my lovely friends, I was very excited to see the blue box beneath the wrapping paper.
As with all Melissa shoes they are completely vegan, 100% recycable and smell like bubblegum. These particular shoes (Lady Dragon IIs) are a special collaboration between Vivienne Westwood and the Brazillian shoe brand. Past season designs from the collection have been seen on the feet of Katy Perry and Katie Holmes (hmm perhaps I should change my name to Kate?!). Yes people, vegan shoes can be fashionable and they don’t have to be made out of leather.
Prefer something a little more pratical? I have been waiting a good two years for a decent Ugg alternative to appear on the vegan shoe market and 2010 was the year my prayers were answered.
I have had non sheep skin Ugg style boots before, invariably they are always cheap in comparison to the real thing and only last me mere months. A combination of the flimsy soles and the amount of walking I do are no doubt to blame.
The soles on my new Snug boots from Vegetarian Shoes however are thick and sturdy. Although the lining is not as padded as regular Uggs/Ugg alternatives they still keep my feet nice and toasty. I have even been out in the rain in them and not a soggy sock in sight (it is recommended they be proofed for extra protection). They are made from a fake suede, Vegetarian Shoes also make shoes from a faux leather which is meant to stretch and breath just like the real stuff.
The amount and accessability of vegan products is growing all the time and with brands like Melissa I love the fact they appeal to people who might not even realise that they are making a better, more conscientious choice.
The final shoes on my wanted list are a pair of completely vegan running shoes. The closest I have come so far are New Balances’ 1063.
Whilst the shoes themselves are made from completely synthetic materials, they use whatever glue is available at the time so cannot guarantee any given pair will be completely animal free (I like to think I managed to get a pair with the ‘good’ glue). But, I know all I have to do is be patient and something will come along eventually. 🙂