Vegan Shoe Brands

The Fashion industry is the second biggest polluter after the oil industry and there are many factors as to why the fashion industry has such a negative impact on the environment.

One being the production of leather, often people think that leather materials are better for the environment than plastic when used in fashion, but not only is the leather industry cruel to the animals used to produce leather but the process of finishing the leather requires a lot of toxic chemical treatment, the chemicals used include dyes, formaldehyde, lead and even cyanide making it not only bad for our environment but it is also very hazardous for the workers in the leather manufacturing industry as they have a very high risk rate of developing lung cancer.

Here are 5 luxury alternative shoe companies that are Vegan and Cruelty Free and additionally aim to have the least detrimental impact on our environment while ensuring the workers who make them work in a safe environment and are paid well for their shoe making skills.

Beyond Skin are a British luxury footwear brand that are committed to ethical fashion. All products are handmade in Spain mostly using recycled materials and materials that have the least adverse effect on the environment. Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 21.17.32.png

The Beyond Skin story began in 2001 and since then the company has overcome many obstacles to get to where they are today. Eventually Beyond Skin caught a lucky break when Natalie Portman discovered the brand and has since wore their shoes to the Golden Globe awards and the Oscars. They have been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue, Grazia, Elle, they are PETA approved and endorsed by the Vegan society.

Beyond Skin deliver worldwide and have a good variety of footwear to suit most styles, they are continuing to grow and expand their business and will be launching a mens line in the near future.

 

 

Mink Shoes

California Lifestyle Meets Italian Tradition

 

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Mink Shoes founded in 2000 by designer and celebrity stylist Rebecca Mink a life long animal advocate.

The shoes are handmade in Italy along side iconic shoe brands Louboutin and Jimmy Choo.

2018 is set to be an exciting year for Mink Shoes  as they are partnering with Kat Von D.

And soon you will be able to design your very own Mink shoes, made to order.

 

 

 

 

PAWJ California a family run business, that was inspired by designer Julee Merril’s passion to create a better world for animals.

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PETA approved PAWJ California is a 100% Vegan.

Their footwear is made from high quality synthetic suede and faux fur and are a much kinder alternative to the UGG brand.

The boots come in 5 different colours, black, tan, brown, chestnut and grey and a variety of fur patterns they are also water resistant.

 

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We take great pride in our quality boot wear. The craftsmanship, cut and construction of our ultra-comfort boot line makes for easy wearing and long lasting durability.

 

 

Bourgeois Boheme established by Vegan/Podiatrist in 2005 by Alicia Lai, they are an independent London based company and their shoes are ethically made with sustainable materials in Portugal.

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The first footwear company on this list to offer both male & female footwear, they are popular with a number of Vegan celebrities including Bryan Adams.  Bourgeois Boheme are PETA approved and endorsed by the Vegan Society.

The brand is committed to minimising their carbon footprint while ensuring that they are creating long lasting, good quality, comfortable footwear.

“We believe that a good vegan shoe should be about more than just excluding animal materials.” Alicia Lai, Founder

 

 

Nemanti – Italian Luxury Vegan Shoes

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True to the passionate nature of the Italian’s, Nemanti takes the making of their shoes very seriously and consider the craftsmanship to be a work of art and their philosophy is as equally poetic.

Wear our shoes and let yourself be carried away.
Go out, walk, with no concern for the destination, just taking in the journey.
Because on this trip, you will discover that every step is indeed made with respect for everything around you
and that your foot is not born to trample the earth, but to tread gently upon it.

Nemanti cater for both men and women and they are PETA approved.

 

 

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Vegan Handbag Brands

The term Vegan and fashion have not always gone so well together, with many high fashion brands opting for Leather, Suede, fur and even Reptile Skins deeming them “luxury materials”, Vegan’s have often turned their back on the fashion world.

Now that Veganism is becoming more popular and even considered “trendy” by some, this popularity has provided the opportunity for Vegan fashion brands to emerge.

 

Gunas – New York

 

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Gunas a High Fashion Vegan Label that has been featured in Vogue and Glamour was founded by Sugandh G. Agrawal and her message is very simple.

Animals are NOT meant to be a part of fashion. We can look and feel good without harming other living beings. We need to connect our selves with what goes on behind the scenes and question our actions and their impacts.

Additionally Gunas also care about the people who make their bags and so no Gunas bag will ever be made through slave labour in Sweatshops.

 

Banda Bags

Founded by Brianna Jane as a humanitarian enterprise to help the people of the Island Banda Aceh in Indonesia after the Tsunami in 2015.

 

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With a commitment to kindness she knew that she wanted to create a product that was eco friendly and one that wouldn’t be of harm to animals.  Banda Bags have been featured in Eluxe Magazine and made popular by many celebrities including actress Rachel Bilson.

 

Labante London

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Modelled by Sheridyn Fisher the author of plant based life and an animal rights activist.

Labante London were founded in 2009 and their philosophy and ethos is to produce #Fashionwithrespect, ensuring that they are ethical as well and environmentally friendly.

Fashion with Respect’ implies that we consider all living beings and the planet.

Labante London has the PETA seal of approvement and can be purchased in stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser.

 

Urban Junket

Urban Junket is a Minneapolis-based handbag design company founded in 2008 by Tracy Dyer, the daughter of the late Dr Wayne Dyer, author and motivational speaker.

The Urban Junket collections include Laptop Bags, Handbags, Accessories and Bags with Chargers.

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Urban Junket’s t.o.t.e. {to observe the earth}

Made from rPET  (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) a material that is used to make recycled bottles, the unique handbag line features a number of different designs in an array of colours inspired by nature.

 

Eve Cork

A luxury vegan and sustainable handbag brand made from Cork that comes from the bark of the cork oak tree in Portugal. Cork trees can live up to 300 years and Eve Cork employs farmers in Portugal (as this is mostly where Cork tree’s grow) to harvest the cork every 9-10 years. This process actually helps the trees to grow faster and live longer.

 

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We believe that in order to feel good, you need to surround yourself with things that are worthy of feeling good about. At Eve, we strive to provide you with stylish, high-end products that have a positive impact on both the environment and economy.