Morrissey got called out for wearing leather shoes during an interview for The Smiths Album, “Meat Is Murder”, back in the ‘80s. I was in college back then, and remember feeling bad for him. They made my hero look like a hypocrite. We should be compassionate, but we have to look good as well. Sorry cows. At least that’s the way I felt back then. But, that was another lifetime, before my vegan conversion.
Twenty years later, I finally stopped eating meat, but I still wore leather. I was shopping online and found a pair of Bruno Magli suede loafers, size 13, marked down from $400 to $90.
“Baby, I found a great deal on some sweet loafers,” I said to my vegan wife.
“Are they vegan?” asked my vegan wife
“They’re like 300% off; why do have to ruin everything?” I said pushing the submit order button.
I wore those cow skins on my feet for about two years, and nobody ever said anything except “nice shoes, dude”. But, we are moving from the OC to Portland so it is time for me to get real.
They’re comfy, still in good shape, and off they go.
Now, the real fun, I get to buy new shoes to replace the old ones I just tossed. The good news is that there a lot of vegan shoes out there. Let me share my findings with you.
Here are 13 of note, 10 cool ones and 3 to avoid, in no particular order
Vans Checkerboard Slip-On
To perfect this look, carry a skateboard around even if you don’t skate.
Jack Purcell Black
With black socks, plaid shorts, and an “Eat Like you Give a Damn” t-shirt , hip beyond hip.
Jack Purcell White
Dr. Marten Vegan 1460
Three to avoid
Iconic, they look like they were worn at Woodstock, should have been left there. Hippie, no!
Lightweight, ergonomic,scientifically designed to replicate barefoot walking and strengthen your toes, probably prevent planters fasciitis, blah blah blah I don’t care they’re so ugly they should be illegal.
That’s my list. There are probably a few other cool vegan styles out there, go find them and leave those cows alone.