If you decide to buy vegan shoes, it is worth to think about what you really want to buy: shoes 100% vegan, or just fake-leather shoes.
The choice isn’t as simple as it might seem. If we decide to buy particular model of shoes we should take into account not only the shoe but also its outsole and other components used in its production. Otherwise, our shoes may be only partly free from animal components. It means that we can inadvertently buy a product which doesn’t reach our expectations.
What should you pay attention to when you want to buy 100% vegan shoes? Here are a few tips:
1. You should read labels carefully. If you are not sure, check manufacturers’ website or simply ask shop assistant. It’s better to choose products with a “vegan” label.
2. Make sure that shoes which you have chosen don’t have leather insole and padding. Usually the information is visible on a paper label (check above).
3. Vegan shoes are also free from animal originated glues. Very often it’s difficult to get such information in a regular store, so it is easier to choose shoes from a vegan collection. Perfectly, if the shoes are certified and indicating their ethical origin with Peta Approved Vegan or Vegan Society certificate.
4. 100% vegan shoes don’t contain waxed laces, wool, felt and silk or other animal’s ingredients.
It’s worth to choose shoes from reliable manufacturers and suppliers. Every year it is easier to find vegan shoes. It’s not only a consequence of expanding groups of vegan producers but also increasing number of alternative components for shoes production.
For a long time eco-leather has been regarded as the only vegan fabric. Fortunately today we have a whole bunch of interesting materials, such as piñatex (extracted from pineapple leaves), the material from recycled PET bottles, cork, natural rubber, hemp, flax, bamboo, and finally very popular organic cotton or microfiber.
Having such large collection of alternative materials, you should try them even to convince yourself that replacing natural leather is possible! You will see how durable and beautiful these materials are. With such solutions, 100% ethical choice it’s not a problem.