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How Do I Know If Shoes Are Vegan?

On Tuesday I talked about some places to find vegan shoes, but there aren’t many completely vegan shoe stores around. Most of the time I’m stuck searching through racks and racks of shoes for the one or two styles that aren’t leather. Sometimes it can be hard to tell which is which. (Jason swears he can smell the difference, but I don’t trust his nose.) Usually shoes will  have one of two labels that state what they’re made of.

  1. By far the most common is a stamp somewhere inside of the shoe that says “leather upper,” “all man-made materials,” or something like that. It’s often on the inside of the heel or the underside of the tongue.
  2. Sometimes there’s a sticker on the bottom of the sole with symbols, but no explanation. Here’s a key:


If it’s textile, all man-made materials, or other materials, you’re all set. Now go forth and shop!


Comment from Lucas Bussell
Time March 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I will bring jason shopping instead, I trust the sniffer.

Comment from Marsha
Time March 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm

you can also shop vegan specific brands like neuaura – most of my shoes are by them.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Good addition! I’m not really a heels person, but I bet Bobbi would love them.

Comment from Mrs Green @
Time March 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Hi 🙂 Thanks for popping by little green blog this week and leaving a comment. And thanks for sharing the great info on finding vegan shoes; I have a few pairs of Birkenstocks which I LOVE!

Comment from kuu
Time December 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

Comment from tom
Time April 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I think vans are pretty much all vegan, apart from the suede ones obviously.

Comment from Rihana
Time June 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Osiris are vegan as well. They’re the ultimate skating shoes!

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