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want to become vegan but I can't find good alternatives
to leather shoes. I wear suede boots with flat heels most
of the time because they are very comfortable. Is there
any company that makes a decent shoe out of non-animal
sources? I don't like the fact that an animal had to die
just so I could wear a pair of boots.
Congratulations on making the compassionate
choice. As luck would have it, there is no need to sacrifice
comfort and style for conscience. There are many options
in vegan footwear today ranging from casual to formal
and everything in between.
At this time, there are no manufacturers
who produce only vegan products AND do so in an environmentally
sustainable and worker friendly fashion. Bear in mind,
however, that the leather processing and shoe manufacturing
industries are not only deadly to the animals who are
slaughtered for their flesh and subsequently their hide,
they also are among the most toxic industries for both
the environment and the human laborers they employ.
The following mail order sources carry
only vegan products, including shoes. They offer items
from a variety of manufacturers, so you should be able
to find something among them that meets your needs.
2381 Lewis Avenue
Rockville, MD 20851
P.O. Box 315
N. Cambridge, MA 02140
Store at: 285 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143
P.O. Box 218
Dakota City, IA 50529
PO Box 3007, South Croydon, CR2 9YF, England
78 Smith Street Collingwood 3066 VIC Australia
Phone/Fax: (03) 9417 0230
An extremely comfortable clog made from
durable, biodegradable polyurethane is the Anywear
Shoe (1-888-541-4600). The clogs are waterproof,
washable, have a non-skid sole which gives a slight
massaging sensation, and come in a wide range of colors.
You also should be able to find a good
selection of nonleather shoes at Payless
Shoes. Nevertheless, their shoes primarily
are made in China where production practices and labor
conditions are questionable at best. When looking for
truly vegan commodities, we must remember that products
should be compassionately made as well as made from
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