Posts Tagged ‘Vegan Shoes’

In the lead up to our 20 year anniversary this August of being in the business of designing and making high-quality & sustainable vegan shoes, boots and accessories we’d like to return to where it all began.

Back in the early ‘90s Peter Cabena and Jenny Donaldson, both ethical vegans, began their journeys independently of each other seeking good quality alternatives to leather shoes. Peter had started up a mail order business importing vegan hiking boots from the UK and was looking to expand the range of footwear due to customer demand. Jenny had a keen interest in design and the idea of making vegan shoes locally. They met in April 1995 after Peter discovered a notice Jenny had posted on a Collingwood community board about developing a vegan shoe business. Sharing the same ideals of going into business to provide the community with ethical footwear that is high-quality, durable and fashionable, Peter and Jenny founded Vegan Wares.

Vegan Wares – Australia’s first vegan shoe store and local footwear manufacturer – officially opened for business in August 1995.

Below is an article titled “If the shoe fits” that appeared in Australian newspaper The Age on 1st November 1995.

Since then we’ve been specializing in designing and making high-quality, long-lasting animal-free footwear, also offering a made-to-order service, which includes colour options, size variations (e.g. extra width, extra length), and new style creations. We also stocked non-leather belts, wallets, purses from the beginning and have since expanded our range to include other environmentally sustainable products such as bamboo socks, sneakers made from recycled plastic bottles, cruelty-free bags and personal care made from natural products.

As Vegan Wares is one of the major sponsors of Dr Melanie Joy’s tour of Australia and New Zealand we’re excited about Dr Joy coming to our shores in a couple of weeks time. And if you’d like to  meet her we’re hosting a book signing opportunity at our Collingwood store, 11am on Monday August 19. Please come along! For more info see our press release below.

<MEDIA RELEASE> August 2, 2013

Longstanding Collingwood business Vegan Wares, makers of high-quality shoes, boots and accessories, is thrilled to be hosting a book signing event with Dr Melanie Joy, best selling author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”  at our store: 78 Smith Street, Collingwood, 11am on Monday August 19.

Dr Melanie Joy, a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology, is touring Australia and New Zealand this August giving presentations on carnism.

“Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all…” www.carnism.org

Through her presentations Dr Joy has inspired change in individuals across the world towards compassionate living. Vegan Wares’ philosophy is very much in line with Dr Joy’s as we believe in the sanctity of life.  That is why we design and manufacture high-quality shoes, boots and accessories that are ecologically responsible and free from any animal products.

The team at Vegan Wares looks forward to seeing you at the book signing and we hope many more people start making compassionate choices motivated through attending Dr Joy’s presentations. Tickets for the presentations can be purchased from: www.janegoodall.org.au

By now you would know from a couple of our previous blogs that we do made-to-order shoes and boots. We can also do MTO bags to match your footwear!

We currently have the Pasadena bag in our range and are working on new designs for bags, which we’ll share with you at a later date. Though if you have a specific style of bag in mind feel free to send us a drawing or photo, or bring in a sample bag for one of our designers to see.

Pictured above is a recent customer order for a pair of MTO Edna (rowdy) shoes and a matching Pasadena bag in red and aubergine. You could do the same and pick your preferred colours!

Is dancing your thing? Need a pair of vegan shoes for dancing? Vegan Wares can do made-to-order shoes with our vegan suede called ‘sueda’ on the soles of most of our shoes.

Shoes with a sueda sole are great for dancing on many floor surfaces and for almost any type of dance. Like suede-soled shoes, the sueda-soled ones provide proper traction for dancing and can be used for Ballroom, Swing and Latin styles of dancing.

Below are some examples of shoes that can be made with a sueda sole. From left to right: Estelle Brogue (concept) in B&W, Nora Flamenco (9075) in red and Maude (bolen) in B&W.

MTO shoes for men and women made with a sueda sole can be ordered from Vegan Wares now. All you need to do is come into our store, select your preferred style, colour and get fitted for the proper size. We’ll do the rest!

Quote of the day: “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.”  ~ John Dryden, English poet (1631-1700)