Useful Icons When Shopping for Vegan Shoes.
I would die for these vegan boots from MooShoes, but I don’t have the income to provide such lovely, cruelty-free covers for my feet. Without being too depressed over it, I have discovered that there are vegan-friendly shoes out there that are easily accessible and reasonably priced. For instance, I personally have had luck at major retailers such as: Target, Payless, and H&M.
Yes, there really are shoes out there for us in the real-world, but they are not clearly labeled as “VEGAN,”so you have to do a bit of detective work to make sure. First, look behind the tongue or inside the shoe. If it states “ALL manmade materials” then you are safe… No dead animals here! Otherwise, it may say: “genuine leather”, “leather upper”, or “cow’s leather.” If that is the case, put the shoe back and realize how ugly it is.
If there is nothing inside the shoe, look on the bottom. You may see some hieroglyphics that nobody has ever explained to you… until now. There is one symbol that is a definite no-go and two that are quite visually pleasing.
The bottom of the shoe will symbols that indicate the materials of:
- the shoes’ upper
- the inner lining
- the shoes’ sole
If all three indicate either the diamond & crosshatch icons, you have found yourself a pair of conscious and kind shoes! Buy them and tell everyone that complements your choices in footwear that they are vegan friendly & they kick-ass!