Category Archives: shoes

{Vegan Version} D'Orsay Flats

Vegan D'Orsay Flats
I don’t know if you heard the news yet but if you are wearing flat this spring they better be of the d’orsay variety. It’s safe to say that Jenni Kayne’s rendition of the shoe is one of the most popular of the season, but with a price tag of over $400 and the leather, what’s a vegan gal to do? Or a girl on a budget? Don’t worry, I have you covered.

The top three shoes are the Report Jezzica, available in 3 colorways for the friendlier price tag of $70. I also love Lulu’s version, The Dolley, that comes in pale pink AND mint for $21. I’ve spotted some at Forever 21 for under $20 but they are not currently online, so alas, you’ll have to just go down to the store yourself you if want to get a super cheap d’orsay flat fix.

Are you going to rock the d’orsay flat this season?

{Vegan Version} The Jeffrey Campbell x Convert Collab Continues

Jeffrey Campbell is awesome. I can say this because I have met him first hand. He is in fact, a super nice down-to-earth guy. It’s true, I met him when I used to go buying for the boutique that I managed for years. He is even more awesome than ever because since his shoe the Lita became all the rage last Winter, he has been making vegan styles for the store Convert. I wasn’t in love with the vegan version of the Lita, the Vita. But I’m thrilled to hear the collaboration is continuing. Here are my faves:

Vegan Jeffrey Campbell Montauk

Jeffrey Campbell Montauk

Jeffrey Campbell Beebee in Red

Jeffrey Campbell Beebee in Red

Vegan Jeffery Campbell Rockin'

Jeffery Campbell Rockin’

Jeffrey Campbell Wrapped in Black/Beige

Jeffrey Campbell Wrapped in Black/Beige

Now I just wish some of his styles for Wildfox weren’t lined in leather. Select vegan styles are available for purchase through Convert’s Ebay Store.

[All images via Convert]

Cute Shoes for Camping

I know that cute shoes shouldn’t matter for things like camping and hiking, but for me, they do. And they can be hard to find for compassionate shoppers! There seems to be a sort of assumption that if you like the great outdoors you like leather. That is why I would just like to take a moment to thank Sorel for making a shoe sans leather. Meet the Picnic Plimsole, available in three colors and shown here in natural. At first I wasn’t in love with the sole. But I’m planning a trip to Kanab in a few days and we’ll hopefully make it to a couple of camping music festivals this summer and I think I will come to appreciate the grippiness it offers.

Sorel Picnic Plimsole in Natural

According to their website, it’s a canvas upper and footbed. Hooray! There is some vulcanized rubber on the outsole and their trademark Omni-grip so it’s all good. They also have another style I like, the Bathing Oxford shown here in Burnt Henna. The Burnt Henna color is perfect for Southern Utah, you won’t even notice the red sand all over these. It features the same leather- free construction as the Picnic Plimsole, just in a different style.

Sorel Bathing Oxford in Burnt Henna

Check them out, especially if you love Summer camping and boating.

[Now, I must digress into a tiny rant to Sorel and shoe makers in general.  They have a third style that is similar to the two above and it is DAMN cute. However, it has a leather footbed. Why Sorel? Why? I swear to you, no one is going to pick it over the Bathing Oxford or the Picnic Plimsole because of the leather foodbed. If they do purchase it instead of the other styles, it will be because you make it in different colors and because the basket weave is darling. On the other hand, you have consumers like me, who would have bought 3 or more pairs but who will now only be purchasing 2.

The leather foodbed is enough of a turn off that it keeps me from buying Tom’s even though they make vegan styles. It is so pointless and does not belong in a canvas shoe, especially a do-gooder brand like Tom’s. But Sorel, these two styles feel like a step in the right direction for you, so I’m going to support it and pray for a canvas boot without any leather this Winter and that you’ll skip leather foodbeds in canvas shoes all together next year. End rant]

Back to the topic at hand, fashion for the great outdoors. Will any of you lovelies be spending some time camping  or hiking this Summer? Zion’s, Lake Powell, Moab, Yellowstone? I would love to hear what you’re taking. Fashion doesn’t stop when your camping, unless it does.

Anywhoo, I’m going to go place my order now.

{Vegan Shoes} Mink

Okay, I have new favorite vegan shoe line. Wanna know why it’s my favorite? Look at them! I die. They are so beautiful and unique even ladies who wear leather will want a pair. She uses lots of recycled materials so they are eco-friendly to boot!
Mink Barnicle Vegan Sandel
Mink Blowfish Vegan Heeled Sandel
Why are they so pretty? Well, they are free of icky animal parts, Rebecca Mink obviously has great taste and they are made in Italy. That’s right, in the very same factories that produce lines like Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. It explains the price point. You can find them on yoox or zappos. Enjoy!

xx ks

{Vegan Version} the chunky mid heel

Love it or hate it there is no denying that the chunky mid heel is in style this season. It seems like every designer has a version and looks very, as The Man Repeller put it, very grandma chic. Lucky for those of us who abstain from leather, Sam Edelman has a lovely version with a fabric upper and synthetic sole.

{Vegan Version} the chunky mid heel

It also comes in stripes but I’m loving the floral print, it’s takes ladylike to a whole new level. I can’t wait to pair it with my drop-crotch Current/Elliot skinny jeans or a skater dress from Asos. How would you wear it?

{Vegan Version} Wedge Sneakers

{UPDATE} The pair I previously suggested is now being made with man-made materials and suede. ICK! Thank you to reader, Svetlana, for pointing it out to me. Instead, check out these styles that are 100% man made materials here and here.

I have been searching for a pair of wedge sneakers ever since I saw these Isabel Marant’s here. Unfortunately, not only are they very spendy, even if I had the money, they wouldn’t be an option for me because of the leather. This is when I get excited about designer knock-offs! So designers, let this be a lesson to you, sometimes it pays to have an eco/vegan option. I understand you may not want to go there and use the word vegan, yikes! Vegan can be a scary word if you regularly use leather. But seriously, eco should always be animal-free. People like eco. It’s a safe bet. Trust me. Think canvas and faux-leather made from recycled plastic bottles a la Matt and Nat. Even your non-vegan consumers will eat that shiz up. Anyways, moving on. Le knock-off in faux leather. Very nice.

{Vegan Version} Wedge Sneakers

Now, I understand this style may want to make you vomit. It’s cool. We don’t have to like the same stuff. Different strokes make the world go round. I’m loving them. I might order them. I might post pictures of myself looking awesome in them. We’ll see.

xx ks