As most of you already know, I’ve been trying reallllly hard to reduce the number of animal products in our home, which also includes SHOES!!! So far, I’ve found shoes to be the most difficult to replace because it’s so hard to find quality shoes that aren’t made of leather, that are actually CUTE … and that are ethically made and will last. Sounds like a big order, hey?! LOL!
I actually get a LOT of questions from people asking why I try to reduce the amount of leather and animal products in my home and why I try to find and wear vegan shoes over real leather shoes. The answer might seem self-explanatory to me, but basically, when it boils down to it, most of the leather in fast fashion comes from cows (or dogs!) that are typically not treated the best. I think it’s safe to say that most of this leather does not come from small local family farms, it comes from abroad (in most instances) where animal welfare is not a priority. If an item is leather and says made in China … the leather did not come from a small local farm!
I’ve seen one too many videos of animals treated poorly and when I buy something that does contain animal products, there’s no way to tell if “that animal … WASN’T one of those animals”. So, how do we stop those instances from happening?? I VOTE with my DOLLAR and try to partner with companies who are working to find us the best alternatives and replacements for leather if we decrease the number of leather items that we purchase then hopefully this will reduce the demand for this type of fast fashion!!
I would say it’s probably taken me somewhere close to around two years to find shoes that check all of these boxes and some of my favourite shoes are still made of leather … this is a massive work in progress, let me tell ya!! But I’m honestly so happy with some vegan shoes that I’ve come across lately, they are awesome quality and they are absolutely PERFECT for summer!
Generally, when I look for vegan shoes I typically go to my favourite sites for shoes, and I use the search bar to my FULL advantage! I type in “vegan shoes”, hit enter, and BOOM, they all appear there for me like MAGIC! LOL!! I’ve found a couple of really cute shoes doing this, such as these espadrille wedges (vegan leather straps!) and these wraparound lace wedges!
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However, recently I heard about a company called SOULiers Studio (thank the heavens! LOL!), not only do they carry some damn cute vegan shoes but they also take the guesswork (and searching!!) out of it as they screen brands and styles based on ethical manufacturing processes, along with vegan, and eco-responsible criteria!! That’s something I can obviously get on board with!!
A few of my favourites right now are the black and yellow block heels with the ankle ties … you guys … these are so damn comfy and they are insanely light!!! I was shocked when I pulled them out of the package to find that they are light as air! I also think the ankle ties add a really cute touch! The Simone Sandals remind me of and are quite similar to my Sam Edelman heels which are generally my go-to’s! And, I mean, how cute are the white vegan sneakers and bright strappy sandals?!
Ps. If you’re eyeing up any of the shoes from SOULiers Studio, feel free to use the code JILLY10 for a 10% discount!!
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I have to say, with all of these great finds I think it’s safe to say that I am FULLY stocked on adorable vegan shoes this summer and shouldn’t have to buy any more for a while!! LOL!! If you want more details on any of the shoes in the images of this blog, just click on the links below the photos and you’ll be directed to the website they’re listed on!!
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What are some of your favourite vegan shoe companies?? Make sure to share them with everyone in the comments section below!!
Thank you SOULiers Studio for sponsoring this post. All comments and opinions are my own.