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.
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.
California Lifestyle Meets Italian Tradition
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.
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.
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.
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
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.