I wouldn’t wear leather jackets or anything like that, but for some reason I was once able to justify wearing leather shoes.
The thing is, that we all draw lines between right and wrong in different places. When I was wearing leather I gave myself the excuse that it was just too hard to find vegan shoes or they were too expensive. If there were better choices I would make them.
For me and my shoe situation, one day I decided I could no longer be so hypocritical. I hated hypocrites and I didn’t want to be one.
I in no way mean to label anyone else as a hypocrite, I simple felt like one myself and didn’t like it. If I stood for the vegan lifestyle and ate only plant products, then how could I wear leather on my feet?
When you open yourself up to a new idea, resources suddenly appear. There are many places to find vegan shoes. Moo Shoes or Alternative Outfitters are both great options for vegan shoes and faux leather shoes.
Some of their shoes are a bit more that I want to spend and it is very important to me to be able to try my shoes on before I make a purchase. Which is why my new favorite place to get shoes is Pay Less, they are affordable and I have yet to see anything made of leather. They have tons of fabric, faux leather, vegan shoes available in all different styles.
Another good source is Kohl’s. Not all of their shoes are vegan but many are. Just check the label.
Have you struggled with wearing leather as a vegan?