I’ve spoken before about the ethical dilemma of leather vs. non leather and six months on I’ll still not entirely sure what the answer is. Personally as a vegetarian I’m happy to wear vintage or secondhand leather or new vegetable tanned leather, but equally I understand that not everyone is happy wearing leather.
If you’re not happy wearing animal based products then I’ve been on the lookout for some stylish women’s vegan shoes. I think I’ve done alright – I’ve found a selection for most occasions that I think you’ll love:
Here are some lovely women’s vegan shoes, from the top:
Esprit Women have a lovely range of vegan PETA approved shoes. I think Esprit may have had a fairly checkered past with regards to ethical issues, but seem to be making roads to resolve this. This association with PETA just launched in July, and I hope it’s the start of good things to come from this high street retailer. I’m liking these lace up ankle boots (£55) and these tiger print trainers (£45) from their vegan range.
I’m a little bit in love with these teal Oxford style vegan heels from Beyond Skin (£71). Alas, they only have them left in small sizes otherwise I’d have these in a heartbeat….
Good old TOMS UK have some funky women’s vegan shoes in stock. I love this zebra print pair (£39.99) – they’d look great with skinny jeans.
These ethical tan brogues (£87) from Bourgeois Boheme are so pretty. I do like a good pair of brogues, they make wonderful shoes for autumn.
Finally Inkkas have some lovely hand made and fair-trade vegan trainers. I’m especially taken with these grey ones (£44) with their jazzy South American fabric panelling. What a way to brighten up an outfit!
Today Kayleigh Innes from the blog Wonderchebs is sharing her ethical style with Moral Fibres readers. Kayleigh is based in Scotland and as well as being a student, is also an ethical fashion and beauty blogger AND a photography editor. I’m honoured that she took some time out of her busy schedule to take part in today’s Your Ethical Style!
Over to Kayleigh:
Hi Kayleigh, can you share with us three fun facts about you?
1. My papa is a photographer, and when I was younger he taught me how to use all his beautiful old film cameras. Now, I collect vintage cameras dating back to the 30s and 40s.
2. I have a bald patch on my head from when I fell as a child and cracked my skull.
3. I’ve watched all nine seasons of The Office US, from start to finish, five times. I’m obsessed!
Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?
I actually did an ethical shopping guide on my blog, which lists some of my favourite shops, but I mostly buy from charity/thrift stores or from some of my favourite brands; such as People Tree, or from the ASOS Green Room.
Is there anything ethical or secondhand that you are lusting over at the moment?
I’m obsessed with the Love Sweater from Chinti and Parker, but it’s a little bit out of my price range.
Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?
If you don’t have a big budget, then charity or vintage shops are probably the easiest and cheapest ways to shop ethically.
Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?
I don’t wear leather, and so it’s sometimes difficult to find nice, high-quality bags or shoes that don’t have leather straps or lining.
Where do you get your style inspiration from?
My desire to shop ethically comes from my Auntie Camilla: she also doesn’t wear leather and has lots of cool eclectic pieces from local off-beat brands. My style inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. Even the looks on the pages of Vogue can be re-styled and re-created with ethical pieces.
What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?
One year when my mum was clearing out her wardrobe I came across an awesome silk blouse, and instantly fell in love. I don’t wear it often because I’m scared to damage it, but it’s still one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.
What would be your ultimate thrifted find?
I bought a gorgeous little vintage navy & tan handbag, and every time I wore it I got tons of compliments. It was such a good bag, but after years and years of use the strap finally broke and I’ve never been able to find another quite as nice.
Finally, Kayleigh, can you share three ethical style tips with us:
1. If you’ve got a bit of extra cash to spend, invest in some quality, staple pieces that you know you’ll get a lot of wear out of and will last you years.
2. Customise vintage pieces with lace, studs or new buttons to make them more unique and modern.
3. Keep checking back in thrift/vintage/charity shops for hidden gems, you never know when something great is going to pop up and you have to be quick to swoop in and get it!
Do you want to share your ethical style with Moral Fibres readers? Whatever your age, sex, size, style, budget or location I’d love to feature you to show that ethical fashion is for everyone! Get in touch via email@example.com to take part in Your Ethical Style! There are no barriers to taking part – you don’t have to be a blogger to be featured!
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