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Vegan Dress Shoes

#1 Postby robert » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:26 am

I just got some high quality vegan dress shoes for the first time!

All my other vegan dress shoes were cheap ones that never lasted very long and just weren't very nice.

This time I bought a pair of Vegetarian Shoes brand from www.veganessentials.com and they are awesome! I'm wearing them to the Internet Summit in North Carolina in about a week, with my new belt and I'm really to rock that place!

Do you have high quality dress shoes? What brands do you like?

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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#2 Postby Petitpois » Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:35 am

I love my vegetarian shoes, I have one pair ("cambridge oxford") that I wear almost everyday for the past 3years and except that I have to re-sole it, the fabric is as good as new! :)
Only problem is that those dress shoes are extremely slippery (walking on humid or sandy flat surfaces is not very safe, maybe it can be solved with new sole?).

So I have also some sneakers that do the job very well and winter boots that are great and robust. It's a good investment for long lasting shoes. :)

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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#3 Postby chrisjs » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:50 pm

I've been disappointed by expensive vegan business shoes, I've tried a few different brands (a few years ago though) and they all were embarrassingly squeaky on waxed floors.

Right now I have a cheap pair of "all manmade materials" shoes from Payless which are fine for an occasional customer meeting.

I haven't been able to find a business shoe comfortable enough to wear five days a week that don't have some other fatal flaw, usually the squeaky sole or just ugly styling.

Luckily I don't really need to wear shoes most days. :)

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#4 Postby chrisjs » Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:59 pm

Robert is that conference in Raleigh? If you're looking for a place to eat check out The Remedy Diner. They have some good vegan options. I usually eat there once or twice when I'm town.

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#5 Postby robert » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:11 pm

Yeah, Internet Summit is in Raleigh. Looking forward to it! I won't have much time to stray away from the hotel and the event, but thanks for the tip! We'll see if I'm able to duck away for a bit.

Have a great one!


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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#6 Postby gee » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:54 pm

Hey,

I am interesting in this topic.

I have looked at many vegan dress shoes online and the only ones that I find nice are the NoHarm ones.
The issue are that:
1- They are quite expensive (but if they last long enough, and are as nice as they seem that'd be ok)
2- No way to try them or see them in real
3- No free shipping in case size or look doesn't work

Any idea people?

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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#7 Postby Fallen_Horse » Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:34 pm

gee wrote:The issue are that:
1- They are quite expensive (but if they last long enough, and are as nice as they seem that'd be ok)
2- No way to try them or see them in real
3- No free shipping in case size or look doesn't work


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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#8 Postby VeganEssentials » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:17 am

Holy crap, those NoHarm shoes are expensive! I wish I could sell things like those, but trying to convince people to pay $250 and up for vegan shoes in this economy would only result in my spending a season's shoe budget on things that would just gather dust on the shelves. Even Sanders footwear that we used to carry isn't that expensive, and they made the BEST quality vegan footwear I've ever seen (all styles were hand-made in a small unioninzed shop in the UK, which means they were not cheap, but definitely lower cost than the NoHarm brand styles!)

We're working to HOPEFULLY be able to offer free returns on footwear later this year for our shop. It's not set in stone as we're still crunching numbers to see if it's feasible (when you're a billion-dollar giant like Zappos it can be done easily, but for small independent retailers, it's usually a pipe dream to be able to afford such a service due to massive losses incurred on eating the return costs).

Fingers are crossed we can do it, as it may be the last foray we have into vegan footwear, since the online mega-stores and shady deep discounters (read: eBay closeouts on shoes that were just released, a tactic some shops use to undercut everyone and get around manufacturer's regulations about adhering to set pricing standards) have put a hell of a hurt on our footwear business this past few years. Precisely why I will no longer look to carry major brands and am working with independent footwear companies that actually want to support small business instead of spit-shining the big retailers whose purpose is to squash the competition! :)
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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#9 Postby sosso » Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:17 am

Dr Martens make vegan 8-eye boots and 3-eye shoes, both in black or cherry. The boots are $125 and the shoes are $115 US. I bought some of the black boots and they are very nice.

Boots
http://www.dmusastore.com/p-3753-vegan-1460.aspx
http://www.dmusastore.com/p-3696-vegan-1460.aspx

Shoes
http://www.dmusastore.com/p-3754-vegan-1461.aspx
http://www.dmusastore.com/p-3728-vegan-1461.aspx

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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#10 Postby gee » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:38 pm

@VeganEssentials: Are the Sanders really that nice? If so I'll look into them too.

Good luck into free shipping but yeah seems hard :/


@sosso: but these aren't dress shoes :/ They are "regular" daily ones, and for that I already wear vivo's.

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#11 Postby VeganEssentials » Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:32 pm

Gee - Sanders shoes are great, but unless they're making a vegan-specific run for a shop, all of their footwear is normally leather. We were the first company they made shoes in synthetics for, and I'm not sure if they're doing it for anyone else at this time.

Only buy if you can verify that a shoe of theirs was done in vegan materials, otherwise, if you order direct, you're going to be getting leather!
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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#12 Postby gee » Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:14 pm

Ooooh that's why when I looked at their website it was all leather, makes sense!

Hmm, so no really other options now?

thank you for your comments!

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#13 Postby daveonbass » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:11 pm

The Sanders brand shoes that were formerly available at VeganEssentials.com were the best vegetarian dress shoes I have ever seen, BY FAR. If they ever came back I'd pay a LOT to get more of them and I'd buy more than one pair black and brown. Brown non-leather dress shoes are VERY hard to find. The No Harm shoes look great, but over $300/pair?... ouch.

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#14 Postby joelbct » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:39 pm

I bought the Novacas Dennis in Brown Suede from Moo Shoes a couple months ago:
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I love them because they can be worn with jeans or dress pants.. They also make a black (non-suede) version.

They are handmade in Portugal. I believe Brooklyn-based designer and Vegan Joshua Katcher is the man behind the design. He also has a line called Brave Gentleman which makes the Mastermind Shoe, which at $250 perhaps I will buy next time I have a well-paying job that requires dress clothes:

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Mr. Katcher apparently can also create custom Vegan bespoke suits. I am so glad he exists and is doing what he is doing so that all of us slightly-style-concerned metropolitan Vegans can have both our compassion and stylish quality footwear at the same time.

Highly recommend the Dennis shoe...

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Re: Vegan Dress Shoes

#15 Postby gee » Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:17 pm

The brown are ok, I'd still like something nicer though but that could be a start.
Unfortunately I cannot find my size (12, or 11 since I've read they run large) :/


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